Child Protection Today and Tomorrow
In conjunction with Bath Spa University
The Rt Hon Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Schools and Families
David Niven Associates and Bath Spa University were pleased to present the third in its series of child protection conferences. This time we discussed where we are today and what tomorrow holds for the safety of children in our community.
Safeguarding children brings responsibilities at all levels of our society. This conference explored recent and future changes to child protection. It included Government policy, Local Authority Safeguarding Boards, Law Enforcement and Therapeutic support in the voluntary sector. We took stock and forecasted future trends and requirements for all those involved in protecting our children.
Speakers are shaping policy and practice nationally and in the region:
- The RT Hon Tim Laughton MP, Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Minister for Children and Families will outline the Coalition Government perspective.
- Tessa Munt MP is a member of the Education Select Committee with a particular interest in child safeguarding.
- Four Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (Bath & NE Somerset, Bristol, Somerset and Wiltshire) who have multi-agency oversight of child protection matters will form a ‘Question Time’ panel.
- Law enforcement will be represented by the Head of Public Protection, Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Wessell , Avon and Somerset Constabulary and a senior representative from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP).
- The voluntary sector will be represented by Jacky Humphreys, Director of the Green House Bristol (formally the Avon Sexual Abuse Centre) which offers therapeutic support to victims of rape and sexual abuse-all ages and both genders-in the South West.
Bath Spa University and David Niven Associates are committed to working in partnership to promote education and disseminate knowledge about the protection of children.
The new child protection qualification that the university offers to the wider children’s workforce is part of a continuing initiative reflecting public / private sector partnership and responsible citizenship.
This was a packed programme that appealed to all involved in child protection and maintained the successful history of Bath Spa University’s safeguarding conferences.