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Safeguarding and Protecting Every Child 2019

The Fourth National Early Years
Safeguarding and Child Protection Conference

Saturday 2nd November 2019

The Light, Friends House, 173 – 177 Euston Road, London. NW1 2BJ

Conference Twitter Hashtag: #EYSPEC


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.

The second conference was held on 3rd November 2017 and built on the success of the first conference, and further persuaded Laura that this does need to be an annual event.

The third conference was held for the first time on a Saturday (3rd November 2018) to enable more of Early Years Professionals to attend. It was even more successful and well-attended than the previous years, with all tickets selling out. Laura was persuaded to hold the fourth conference, once again on a Saturday and we are now confirming speakers and taking advance bookings!

Keynote Speakers and Content

Sammy Woodhouse, Author, Public Speaker, Campaigner and Rotherham Abuse Victim

Sammy Woodhouse was just 14 when she met Arshid Hussain.

Ten years older, he promised to take care of her. Sammy thought she was in love, but in reality she was being groomed by a ringleader of Britain’s most notorious child sex ring.

“I am an author, public speaker, campaigner, fundraiser, consultant & assisting in training throughout the UK. My greatest achievement, I am a mum to 2 beautiful boys. I am also a young woman rebuilding my life after I was groomed and abused mentally, physically and sexually as a child and throughout my adult life.”

My voice was heard and made a difference. Yours can too!

Just A Child – #1 Best Seller

Just A Child tells the heartbreaking story of how a young girl from Rotherham was abused by her drug-dealing ‘boyfriend’, eventually giving birth to his baby, right under the nose of the very authorities who were meant to protect her.

When reality dawned and Sammy realised she was one of countless vulnerable child victims – many of whom were trafficked around the north of England – she took it upon herself to blow the whistle and save others from a similar fate.

Thanks to Sammy’s bravery, the gang was fully exposed, as well as the authorities that did little to help her. Her shocking account of how these events came to pass will enrage and sadden but, above all, it will offer hope and show why this must never happen again.

Lemn Sissay MBE, author and broadcaster

Lemn Sissay is a poet, playwright and broadcaster.
He has had first hand experience of life in care from an early age

He has read poetry everywhere from The Library of Congress in The United States to The University of Addis Ababa, from the Botanic Gardens of Singapore to the sonorous shores of Sri Lanka, from Wembley Football stadium to Maryland Football stadium, from the theatres of Bangalore to the theatres of Dubai, from a literature festival in Bali to a bar stage in Greenland AND Wigan library.

He was awarded an MBE for services to literature by The Queen of England. He is chancellor of The University of Manchester and an honorary Doctor from The University of Huddersfield, The University of Manchester and The University of Kent. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics. He was the official poet of the FA Cup 2015. In 2018 he was made Poet Laureate of Canterbury.

His Landmark poems can be found on walls in public spaces around the world from The Royal Festival Hall in London to The British Council Offices in Addis Ababa. His poem “Gilt of Cain” was unveiled by Bishop Desmond Tutu in The City of London where it stands to this day. Sissay’s installation poem ‘what if’ exhibited at The Royal Academy and toured the world from Tokyo to New York.

Present and Panel Session

David Wright
Owner – Paint Pot Nurseries, Author, Member of World Forum Foundation and Public Speaker

David joined his wife, Anna, to run their family business which currently comprises of eight day nurseries, two preschools and one after-school club in 2002.

In his Early Years career to date, David has worked as a practitioner, manager and an owner. He is a passionate advocate for Men in Early Years and advises the UK Government on Early Years workforce diverse strategy as well as being a regular contributor to the print and broadcast media and social media, and international conference presenter.

He is the founder of Southampton Area Men in Early Years (SAMEY), organiser of the first ever UK national conference for Men in Early Years and a UK representative on the leadership team of the World Forum Men in Early Childhood Education working group. He has recently written a book on Men in Early Years with Dr Simon Brownhill, published in November 2018

In 2015, David founded the charity Families First Southampton to support families in need in the area. The charity supports fathers, mothers, kinship carers and children with issues ranging from contact arrangements, improved relationships, benefits, debt, housing, health, family court. David is chair of trustees of New Life Home Trust UK CIO which raises funds and awareness of its partner organisation in Kenya whose purpose is the rescue, care and placement of abandoned babies. In their spare time, David and Anna run parenting courses as well as providing respite care for children for the charity Safe Families for Children.

Conference package includes:

  • Conference hand-outs
  • Copies of Presentations
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Full catering including refreshments throughout the day and a hot fork buffet lunch

Who Should Attend?

 Nursery owners
 Nursery managers
 Nursery nurses
 Early Years educators
 Early Years teachers
 Early Years professionals
 Teachers
 Special needs co-ordinators
 Key Stage 1 and reception teachers
 College and university staff
 Primary headteachers, deputy headteachers
 Primary school senior leadership teams
 Governors
 Fostering and adoption agencies
 Foster carers
 Childminders, children’s centre staff
 Local authority Early Years teams
 Children and family organisations
 Central government
 Ofsted
 Early Years trainers
 Early Years advisors and consultants

Bookings and Fees

If you would like to reserve a place – please send an email to: admin@laurahenryconsultancy.com

Please include:

  • your full name
  • your setting / organisation details including correspondence address
  • number of places you require (and other delegate names if possible)

On receipt of your email, we will raise the necessary paperwork and contact you to confirm your booking.

Early Bird Booking Now Open! Limited Places Available

Special discounted rate of £135 + VAT per delegate
(Normal Early Bird Rate – £150 + VAT)

Reserve your space with Deposit (£45 + VAT)
Discounts for Group Bookings

2019 Conference Supporters


EYMatters – The place for ALL Early Years Professionals to Connect, Communicate, Collaborate and Create

The purpose and aim of EY Matters is to support Early Years Professionals to Connect, Communicate, Collaborate and Create for the good of the sector. We are looking to support and promote quality and Continuous Professional Development whatever your role in the sector – i.e. trainer, consultant, teacher, nursery owner, childminder or practitioner – YOU ALL MATTER!

Why EY Matters? Because Early Years does Matter to all who work or are involved in the Sector from each and every child we support, the people that care for the child to the Industry Leaders.

Connect and Communicate through Twitter, Facebook and regular newsletters bringing you the latest Sector News, Training and Events and also news of Opportunities, Jobs and Tenders.


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Virtual Support UK Ltd 

Virtual Support UK Limited was founded  in early 2011 and one of their first clients was Laura Henry. During the years that followed, VSUK worked in many different sectors and grew a large client base. Through working with Laura over the years, the love for the Early Years Sector grew, and on supporting Laura at the first Safeguarding and Protecting Every Child, the decision was made to specialise in this niche area, calling upon the knowledge and experience that had grown by working with Laura, NEyTCO and other trainers, consultants and therapists – the “Caring Professions”

Virtual Support has now launched EY Matters to provide further support to the Early Years Sector.