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Safeguarding and Protecting Every Child 2018

The Third National Early Years
Safeguarding and Child Protection Conference

Saturday 3rd November 2018

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.

Keynote Speakers and Content

Dr Prospera Tedam, Academic Lead Social Work & Practice, Angela Ruskin University

Dr Prospera Tedam is the Academic lead for Practice Quality at Anglia Ruskin University. She has a practice background in frontline children and families social work and in adoption.

Prospera is a member of the Independent Families Return Panel of the Home Office, where she advises on safeguarding in relation to children in families who are being considered for return to countries of origin.

As a social work academic, Prospera has research interests around effectively engaging with children and families from BME backgrounds, Equality and diversity in higher education and children rights.

Prospera collaborated with a survivor of witchcraft labelling to produce The W word: Witchcraft labelling and child safeguarding in social work practice a book which has been well received since its publication. Prospera will draw on the findings from this book in her keynote speech.

Keynote: Identifying Children at Risk of Witchcraft Labelling in Schools: Research & Practice

This keynote presentation will explore the growing incidence of witchcraft labelling and highlight the ways in which schools and education professionals might identify children at risk labelling and intervene to safeguard them from harm. The presentation will highlight other cultural practices which can be harmful to children and will recommend general strategies for working with families where these practices exist. Using the narrative contained in a recently published book, The W Word: Witchcraft Labelling and Child Safeguarding in social work practice, Dr Prospera Tedam will outline a number of missed opportunities by authorities to identify risk and challenge the abuse experienced by a child in a school in London nearly 20 years ago.

Christina Gabbitas, Award Winning Children’s Author, Speaker

Christina Gabbitas is an award-winning children’s author who spends most of her time visiting schools and pre-schools inspiring children to read and write through her rhyming books and national poetry competition. Winner of Yorkshire Women of Achievement in Education 2016 and The People’s Book Prize Dame Beryl Bainbridge National Award 2015, she is passionate about improving literacy and empowering children to speak out about abuse.

Christina has written a number of books that teach children about the world around them, with themes such as childhood fears and teamwork. Her publication, Share Some Secrets, which has been highly commended by the NSPCC and Barnardo’s, is a picture-rhyming book aimed at five- to eight-year-olds that encourages children to share their troublesome secrets. Christina spent two years researching the topic, including spending time with an abuse lawyer for clarification and advice and listening to individuals who have been abused as children.

Keynote: Share Some Secrets – The Voice of The Child

Christina will be speaking about her work, secrets and the voice of the child.

Alfie Kohn, Author and Lecturer

Alfie Kohn is the American author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behaviour, including ‘Punished by Rewards’ (1993), ‘The Schools our Children Deserve’ (1999), ‘Unconditional Parenting’ (2005), ‘The Homework Myth’ (2006), ‘The Myth of the Spoiled Child’ (2014) and ‘Schooling Beyond Measure’ (2015).

Kohn has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators as well as parents and managers. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah”; he has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications.

Alfie works with educators and parents across North America and speaks regularly at conferences around the world. He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org

Keynote: Unconditional Parenting

In this interview style presentation, Alfie will be discussing parenting themes as covered in his book ‘Unconditional Parenting’

Inspector Jack Rowlands, Metropolitan Police

Jack Rowlands is a police Inspector in the Metropolitan Police. During his 15 years service he has focussed his work around primary prevention and safeguarding. He is also a trustee of the WAVE Trust that tackles the root causes of neglect and has implemented a number of programmes focussing on safeguarding children and vulnerable young adults.

Jack has also pioneer a police custody diversion programme called DIVERT. This uses police custody as a teachable moment that aims to divert young people away from crime into employment, education and training.

DIVERT has been highlighted as best practice in the 2018 HM Governments Serious Violence Strategy

Keynote: My Work and Metropolitan Police Key Areas

Jack will be speaking about his work and the key areas that the Metropolitan Police are working in across London

Present and Panel Session

Dr Eunice Lumsden, Head of Early Years, University of Northampton

Dr. Eunice Lumsden is the Head of Early Years at The University of Northampton. She is a registered social worker and spent over twenty years in practice specialising in safeguarding and adoption before entering Higher Education. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include the professionalisation of the ECEC workforce, child maltreatment, poverty and adoption. Eunice has been on the external reference groups for Early Years Professional Status and Early Years Teacher Status standards. She has advised on workforce development for the French Administration in Belgium, UNICEF in Turkey, Save the Children, the International Step by Step Association and Camden Borough Council.

CPD for Staff regarding Safeguarding and Child Protection

Andrew Ellery – Director: AE Social Care & Education Limited

Andrew Ellery is a qualified social worker and best interests assessor (deprivation of liberty). He is currently an independent social worker, safeguarding consultant and trainer.

He is on advisory panels with two of the leading academic publishers and currently supports organisations with child and adult safeguarding assurance and improvement.

The Role of Social Workers in Early Years

Joss Cambridge Simmons, Founder Jossy Care

I’ve been working in childcare for more than 12 years, and I can honestly say that it has helped me become a loving, patient, grateful and honest soul. I’ve also worked in care homes, youth clubs, managed nurseries and been a family co-coordinator running mother and baby groups. I now own a small babysitting and nanny service that supplies mannies/nannies.

My Experience as a Child and Domestic Violence 

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.


We are offering 3 levels of pricing for the 2018 Conference:

Main Conference Hall Seating 

Full Delegate Rate: £245 + VAT

Laura’s Early Years Club Member Price: £208.25 + VAT

Lower Level Tiered Seating

Full Delegate Rate: £150 + VAT

Laura’s Early Years Club Member Price: £127 + VAT

Higher Level Tiered Seating

Full Delegate Rate: £95 + VAT

Laura’s Early Years Club Member Price: £80.75 + VAT

Further Discounts

Group Bookings of 5 or more Delegates – 10% Discount* 

NEyTCO Members – 10% Discount **

*Not to be used in conjunction with any other discount offer

** This discount can only be used to purchase a ticket for the NEyTCO Member

2018 Conference Supporters

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Jessica Kingsley Publishers early years books offer valuable, jargon-free advice on a range of important issues in the field for any setting. Our collection includes practical guides on a host of topics including positive learning environments, PSED, observation and assessment, learning through play, empathy as well as information on running your own successful early years business. Each publication provides essential support and easy-to-follow activities to help you deliver the EYFS and enhance your practice.

We publish books for professionals and general readers in a range of subjects. We are well known for our long established lists on the autism spectrum, social work, and arts therapies. More recently we have published extensively in the fields of mental health, counselling, palliative care, practical theology and gender diversity. We have a range of graphic novels across these subject areas, and books for children, on issues including bereavement, depression and anger.


NEyTCO – National Early Years Trainers and Consultants membership organisation was launched at a parliamentary event in December 2014. As a community interest company, NEyTCO has a distinct and valuable role to play in helping create a strong, sustainable and socially inclusive economy, serving to meet the needs of members.

NEyTCO provides training opportunities, business help and support for all those in the Early Years sector, as well as opportunities for members to learn, collaborate and share skills. NEyTCO also brings together experts to offer mutual support for trainers and consultants as well as a one-stop-shop for service buyers such as Early Years providers, local authorities, organisations, agencies, the government, schools and others in the private, voluntary or independent (PVI) sector.

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”