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Safeguarding and Protecting Every Child 2018

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-Allain 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


2018 Conference Sponsor


Working alongside a school’s existing safeguarding processes, CPOMS is an intuitive system to help with the management of child protection, behavioural issues, bullying, special educational needs, domestic issues and much more.

Using CPOMS, schools can ensure that students are safe and fully supported, whilst school staff can focus on teaching and providing support, instead of administration. CPOMS is the clear market leader in the sector trusted by over 5700 schools internationally – it’s “the glue that pulls everything together”.

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.

Nursery Resources

Nursery Resources aim and mission is to ease the lives of childcare providers and help with day-to-day mountains of paperwork which are undertaken in an early years setting.

We understand that completing the necessary forms and documents is an important part of working in the early year’s sector, but to us, the interaction between a childcare provider and the child is more important.

We’re really proud of the community we are building. We are excited to continue to grow as a part of the Early Years sector and carry on providing the best service possible to our loyal customers.

You can connect with Nursery Resources on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook

Tiny Sponges

Tiny Sponges provides solutions to keep our young children safe and strong. We have books available, and soon to be available, that deal with child safety, and emotional well-being and resilience.

Jo FitzGerald is a mum, blogger, teacher, and author. She lived, and taught, in the Middle East for 17 years. Over the years she has worked in SEN, as a teacher of ESL, as a teacher in a Pupil Referral Unit and ran a nursery for The British Council in Muscat, Oman.

In the last ten years, her focus has been on Early Years. Jo recently left teaching to start up ‘Tiny Sponges’, providing solutions to parents/carers and educators on how to keep young children safe and strong. She has recently had her first children’s book launched by Waterstones and has two more books about to be published. Jo’s focus is on child well-being, resilience, and safety.

Jo runs two social media groups for parents, Tiny Sponges is about learning and development for our under 7’s. Keep Our Kids Safe And Strong helps parents teach all things emotional well-being and resilience skills.

Jo’s Book – How To Keep Safe … in a sometimes scary world

This is a book for 4 – 9-year-olds and their parents to share. It is a gentle, illustrated rhyming story of a boy, a dog, and his family. Together they talk about what to do in case of getting lost, being in a home fire, or getting caught up in a dangerous event. The family makes plans around keeping safe, knowing that bad things will probably never, ever happen – but just in case – they’ll know what to do. The book helps ease worry and anxiety and opens up difficult conversations between parent and child over worrying dangers and feeling connected with this.

There is a parent’s guide at the back of the book to help parents with questions, talk about feelings and make plans and rules together.

You can purchase Jo’s book on Amazon

Jo helps parents of children aged 0 – 7 to turn their children on to learning and developing. Helping with skills and mindset to enable their child to reach their potential academically, physically and emotionally – by informing, discussing and sharing all things learning, development and resilience.

I attend many workshops, seminars and masterclasses from leading thinkers and doers in the childcare field, so that I am informed … and so that I can SHARE IT with parents, grandparents, practitioners – anyone who is interested and wants to give their child the best possible start in life.

I love the science of development, the wonder of development, the joy of seeing children learn, explore and create – and I treasure having the privilege of being a part of a child’s world as they grow.

You can also connect with Jo on Twitter


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.


Join in the weekly #EYMatters Twitter Chat on Thursdays, 8 – 9 pm

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.