This major two-day conference brings together key academics, leading practitioners and victim perspectives to listen to the voices of exploitation; the victims, their families, the professionals, the researchers and the policy makers.

With in-depth Keynote speeches, Q & A sessions, 21 accompanying workshops and presentations with numerous "hubs" to meet our speakers and organisations, join us to learn, network and reflect at this practice-informed conference with AoCPP in partnership with the University of Kent International Centre for Child Protection.

All our speakers will reflect on the changing situation under Covid-19 within their presentations and bring the very latest research facing all Child Protection staff today - from any background and vocation.

Confirmed Keynotes so far include:

Thursday June 24:

Dame Vera Baird DBE QC, The Victims Commissioner for England and Wales: "Putting Victims First - the victims of exploitation"

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Principal Research Fellow, The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking: "Contextual Safeguarding Framework and Lessons from Implementation"

Dr Daniel Rhind, Specialist in Sport and Child Protection, Reader and Chartered Psychologist, Loughborough University: "Safeguarding in, around and through sport: An international and inter-country perspective"

Friday June 25

Detective Superintendent Steve Barron: Covert Intelligence Northumbria Police: "Operation Sanctuary: Best Practice in the Investigation of Sexual Exploitation"

Prof Jane Reeves, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Innovation in Child Protection and Co Director of the Centre for Child Protection: "Innovative Training for Contextual Safeguarding and Exploitation"

Dr Samantha Warner, Specialist in Sexual Violence, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, honorary lecturer Salford University, board member AoCPP: "Sexual Exploitation, training, leadership and trauma-informed practices"

Assistant Chief Constable Peter Ayling, Vulnerability and Criminal Investigation Teams Kent Police:  "Modern Slavery today." 

We will also be offering 21 presentations and workshops over the two days:

Thursday June 24: 

Child sexual exploitation: to what extent have we genuinely considered cultural barriers such as ‘shame’ and ‘honour’ in our discourse, in our practice and in our policies? Presenter: Vanisha Jassal, Lecturer and Acting Director of Studies, University of Kent

The importance of thinking about the whole child; Considering an intersectional lens when supporting children and young people who have experienced exploitation Facilitators: Jahnine Davis, PhD Researcher and Consultant, Nick Marsh, Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse and studying a PhD, at the University of East London

Impactful Impact: A case study on child exploitation and race Presenter: Kish Bhatti-Sinclair, Reader in Social Work and Social Policy and Head of Social Work and Social Care, University of Chichester

Child exploitation in rural areas – the challenges of protecting children from county lines related crime in towns and villages in the south west of England Presenters: Sarah and Lisa (not their real names for confidentiality) Escape line

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” (Frederick Douglass 1849). Building resilience by using resources to develop children’s understanding of the inner world of their emotions Presenter: Liz Bates, Independent education consultant, advisor and author

Operationalising contextual safeguarding to build resilience in children: An interactive workshop using ‘Lottie’ simulation tool Facilitator: Emma Soutar, Child Exploitation Trainer, CCP, University of Kent

The Lighthouse multi agency model and its impact in reaching hard to reach children Presenter: Emma Harewood, Lighthouse Strategic Lead

‘Stuck in Process’: an exploration of multi-agency responses to Child Criminal Exploitation  Presenter: Stephanie Crisp, Doctoral Researcher, University of Sterling (former Community Safety Officer- London Borough of Islington, Royal Borough of Greenwich)

Friday June 25:

Innovative Practice for engaging young people and building resilience Facilitator: Louise Allen, Essential Safeguarding

Analysis of policy and legal frameworks, intervention models and intervention practices on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in Chile: a discourse analysis approach Presenter: Edgardo Toro Quezada, Professor, School of Social Work, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – Reflections from research Presenter: William Tantam, IICSA

The interactions and dynamics of multiple forms of exploitation in child victims of trafficking in the UK. Presenter: Phil Spencer, Training and Practice Officer, ECPAT UK

Exploration of practice perspectives of staff in multidisciplinary child sexual exploitation (CSE) partnerships in three coastal towns in England Presenters: Dr. Polly Radcliff, Senior Research Fellow, National Addiction Centre, King’s College London and Professor Alastair Roy, Co-Director Psychosocial Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire

Interrogating the ‘exploitation’ in legal and policy discourses on child sexual exploitation in England and Wales Presenter: Aravinda Kosaraju, Lecturer in Child Protection, University of Kent

Building diaspora community resilience to address modern slavery in the UK Presenter: Debbie Ariyo, CEO, AFRUCA

Child exploitation – a child protection response? Presenter: Paul Rigby, Lecturer Social Work, University of Stirling 

Social work practice with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) Presenter: Dr Bridget Ng’andu, Lecturer in Social Work, University of Kent

It’s important to ‘Think Family’; not just the child! Presenter: Kelechi Ukandu, Safeguarding Children’s Advisor, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Independent Guardians – Supporting and Safeguarding Trafficked Children Presenter: Jillian McBride, Assistant Service Manager, Aberlour Childcare Trust – Scottish Guardianship Service

Parents’ experiences of Children’s Social Care when their child is being sexually exploited Presenter: Sarah Lloyd, Social Care Research Consultant, Pace (Parents against child exploitation)

“She doesn’t have to get in the car…”: Exploring social workers’ understandings of sexually exploited girls’ agency and choice-making Presenter: Sarah Lloyd

Keep checking your members' newsletter and this page for updates on itineraries and presentations.

(Please note, we have held back some space for last minute papers as we appreciate that new research is coming in all the time. Do get in touch if you feel you would like us to consider your submission).

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