Safeguarding and Protecting Every Child
The Second National Early Years
Safeguarding and Child Protection Conference
This important and thought-provoking conference has been organised to support the Early Years sector, to enable educators to work proactively in a solution-driven and collaborative environment with children and their families.
In January 2016, prompted by the number of questions and queries that sector colleagues were posting on social media, as well as cuts in professional development that link to safeguarding and child protection awareness, Laura Henry sensed a need for a group on Facebook and started Early Years Safeguarding and Child Protection. The group is very successful and is the go-to place for colleagues to share and ask questions on safeguarding and child protection issues. This can only help to ensure that every child is protected and kept safe. There are close to 4,000 members now in this bespoke group and it was from this small start that Laura felt there was a need to come together and explore some of the issues.
The first conference was held on 4th November 2016 and was a resounding success and in light of this Laura has agreed to make it an annual event in honour of Victoria Climbié, to celebrate her birthday and reflect on what we need to do
Keynote Speakers & Workshops
Leroy Logan MBE, PhD, BSc
Leroy has over 30 years practical policing experience and related work with the UK Justice System which includes being a founder member, and past Chairman of both the London and National Black Police Association.
As the Deputy Borough Commander of Hackney, Leroy contributed significantly in the borough receiving three consecutive Commissioner’s Commendations (2004 – 2007) for delivered top performance in service delivery out of all the boroughs in the Metropolitan Police Service.
Leroy has a wealth of experience in equality and human rights frameworks, both at a national and international basis as well as being a strategic and local adviser in developing community assessment of need and risk in vulnerable groups, especially in your people, and where to effectively deploy assets.
A wealth of experience in equality and human rights frameworks, both at a national and international basis
Keynote Speech: “Who is safeguarding the 1000s of young people at risk to knife / gun crime & how it has to be dealt with”
The problem of young people being at risk to knife and gun crime is worse now, even more so than when in my term as a police officer, the reason being we are no closer to getting to the heart of the problem being, why is violence so endemic in our youth culture. Arresting people, stop and search and other measures are not working, in fact they can create fear and alienation for the target group we are trying to support.
We see spending cuts in services that could engage with young people. We need to engage with the target group, not alienate them, advocate for them. In my experience in my East London group “Spark for Life” we are working with young people every single day and what they need is someone to support them so they don’t go back to the same peer group, the same area, they don’t go back to the same type of behaviour. We need to break that pattern of behaviour and develop positive peer to peer mentoring. Young people have the answers, they can support each other, that’s what we need to do
Jane Evans – Parenting and Childhood Trauma Expert
Jane Evans is widely known for her TEDxBristol talk on childhood anxiety, ‘Taming and Tending Your Meerkat Brain’. She began her career with children and families over two decades ago working in pre-schools and as a childminder, family support and parenting worker, and as a foster carer. Jane is now a renowned TV, radio and social media parenting and childhood trauma expert.
Jane combines her vast experience of working with families with complex needs with her knowledge of the latest neuroscience and attachment research. She regularly speaks to, and trains, others to understand and use this in their direct work with children and families.
Jane is a sought-after parenting and anxiety coach and an acclaimed author of four books for children, which support complex needs.
Keynote Speech: Supporting Early Years Children who have lived with family and community based threat and violence
From over 20 years of direct work and her in depth studies of the impact of early trauma on all aspects of a child’s needs and development, Jane Evans speaks in an informed way on what we can do to support early year’s children who have lived with family and community based threat and violence. Jane will talk about how, when a child lives in a home where there is ongoing violence, the threat of violence and emotional abuse, how it has a profound impact on their physical, emotional and psychological development and well-being. For practitioners feeling able to address a child’s lived experience can seem daunting. Jane will look at simple ways to offer children some sense of safety within themselves and from connections with caring adults within the early year’s environment. Jane sees this as essential to meeting their ongoing vulnerabilities, to reducing their safeguarding risks and to offering them the greatest opportunities to live and flourish beyond their early trauma
Ruth Liew – Consultant & Trainer, Malaysian Child Resource Institute
Ruth has over 25 years of experience of working with families and young children. Ruth has conducted many workshops and seminars for general public and specialised groups including companies, colleges and parents on child development, child behaviour management, creating fun activities for young children as well as conducting Montessori training. Ruth is often a guest on radio and TV and wrote a column called ‘Childwise’ in the national daily for 19 years and contribute to local magazines both in print as well as in websites. She was a regular guest for BFM’s The Bigger Picture talking on the issues concerning parenting and children. She also hosted Asia’s first Internet radio programme called Asian-family.com.
Dr Stuart Shanker
Stuart Shanker, D Phil (Oxon), is a distinguished research professor emeritus of psychology and philosophy from York University and the creator of The MEHRIT Centre and the Self Regulation Institute. He is a former president of the Council of Early Child Development. His expertise has been sought internationally as an adviser on early child development and self-regulation to school boards and government organizations. Dr Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model — The Shanker Method®– is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults
An internationally acclaimed speaker, educator and author, Dr. Shanker has written many influential books and articles including the top selling educational book, Calm, Alert and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation (Pearson 2012). His newest book, Self-Reg: How to help your child (and you) break the stress-cycle and successful engage with life. (Penguin 2016) has garnered glowing reviews around the world being published in Canada, Britain, the US, South Korea, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands, with further translations and foreign editions in the works.
Keynote Speech: Self-Regulation and Vulnerable Children
Joining Dr. Shanker in this interview style presentation will be Dr. Susan Hopkins executive director of the MEHRIT Centre Dr Shanker’s Self-Reg learning and information centre.
This presentation will cover self-regulation, it’s relationship to children’s stress and well-being, and how Shanker Self-Reg® can be used to enhance self-regulation in children dealing with trauma. Dr. Shanker will outline findings from neuroscience that illuminate the workings of the human stress response system, it’s relationship to self-regulation and how “stress cycles” can lead to an overactive and “kindled” stress response system that can impact children’s development, learning and day-to-day functioning. They will also outline The Shanker Method®, a five-step method will can help educators and parents understand, recognize, and respond to stress in all children.
Tracy Seed, a holistic educator, coach and trainer has over 30 years’ experience supporting individuals, families, groups and organisations through change.
Tracy works extensively in education, personal development and wellbeing arenas in the UK and internationally. She has a background in Early Years and is an NLP master and certified trainer in HighScope and in Nonviolent Communication
Workshop: Nonviolent Communication in safeguarding and child protection.
This workshop provides a basic introduction to Nonviolent Communication. You will discover the power of empathy and honesty in your work with children and families who have suffered trauma and abuse. Nonviolent Communication, when learned and practised, is more likely to foster engagement, build trust and establish connection in relationships. It is a way of relating that can be empowering, restorative and compassionate. Adults using this approach often find they have a broader awareness of the needs of children and their families; this means that the strategies generated for support are more likely to make a difference.
Jemma Mortlock – Director of Early Start Childcare & Education Ltd
Jemma is 36 years old, a wife and mother of 5 children, she has worked in and owned Early years’ settings for over 10 years and completed my Foundation degree in 2012.
She was born in Westminster and grew up in care from the age of 7, she was a ward of court till 25 years old. Her foster mother was a Black Jamaican woman, her biological mother is white British and her father is black Trinidadian.
Sarah Goff has over twenty years’ experience in the fields of child protection and social care. Sarah is an expert in the field of safeguarding disabled children and her interests include the impact of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation.
Who Should Attend?
Early Years educators
Early Years teachers
Early Years professionals
Special needs co-ordinators
Key Stage 1 and reception teachers
College and university staff
Primary headteachers, deputy headteachers
Primary school senior leadership teams
Fostering and adoption agencies
Childminders, children’s centre staff
Local authority Early Years teams
Children and family organisations
Early Years trainers
Early Years advisors and consultants
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Here are some of the Photos, Reflections, Feelings and Thoughts from the 2016 Conference
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Safeguarding – everyone’s responsibility and concern
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