Safeguarding children and young people: Next steps for preventing abuse

By examining the current issues and the extent of child abuse in Scotland this event, chaired by Jacquie Roberts OBE, Former Chief Executive, Care Commission, subsequently the Care Inspectorate, will help delegates learn about and discuss the part we must all play in protecting our children and how we can make this a safer place for them to grow up.

 

Context

With the uncovering of each new scandal of historic child abuse rocking some of the institutions at the heart of our communities and society, the sheer scale of its reach has become horrifyingly clear. What remains to be seen is how we can ensure that the most vulnerable are protected, especially when with those charged with their care.​

 

The Scottish Government is taking their role in this process seriously, having launched the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in 2015 to look at the abuse of children in care. This inquiry is one of the widest ranging inquiries ever held in Scotland.

 

Following successive high profile cases, victims of child abuse have had the confidence to come forward and ensure the perpetrators pay for their actions, even if that is decades later. This is now showing that the victims will be listened to by authorities and have nothing to fear in coming forward.

 

Join us to discuss how we best safeguard our children to put an end to child sexual abuse. We will look at the current policies and procedures in place and how effective they are at protecting our young people.
 

Confirmed keynote speakers
 

  • Jacquie Roberts OBE, Former Chief Executive, Care Commission subsequently the Care Inspectorate
  • Andy Woodward, Former Footballer and Director of Sport, Enough Abuse
  • David Lane CBE, Former Panel member of the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry 
  • Dr Rachel Happer, Head of the Forum, National Confidential Forum
  • Marilyn Hawes, Founder and CEO, Enough Abuse
  • Cathy McCulloch, Co-director, Children's Parliament 
  • Stuart Allardyce, National Manager, Stop it Now!
  • Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland
  • Sarah NelsonCentre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Ethel Quayle, COPINE Research, Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Edinburgh​

 The event will address the following:
 

  • The current issue and the extent of child abuse in Scotland
  • The long term effects of child abuse
  • The role of public owned and funded institutions and the part they played in historic child abuse?
  • Prevention versus child protection
  • The role of social media – could this be the historic child abuse of the future?
  • What can we learn about child protection in Scotland – the part we all must play and how we can make this a safer place for children to grow up

Agenda

09.00       Registration and Refreshments

Session One: Background to the issues of child sexual abuse in Scotland

09.30       Welcome address from the Chair

Jacquie Roberts OBE, Former Chief Executive Care Commission

09.40      Child Abuse Inquiries: Lessons for Child Care Practice

David Lane CBE, Former Panel member of the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry ​

  • Some key points arising from the Northern Ireland inquiry
  • Lessons about ways in which abuse can be prevented or minimized
  • Problems which remain to be addressed

10.00       Child sexual abuse in football - what does it mean for child protection today?​

Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

  • Do we need to make changes to our Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme?
  • Does our sexual offences legislation sufficiently protect children in sports settings?
  • What does the recent scandal tell us about sexual abuse more generally?

10.20       Why didn’t they notice? How the voices of children in the past can help guide the safety of children in the present

Dr Rachel Happer, Head of the Forum, National Confidential Forum

  • Understanding harm by those who are meant to care
  • The context of and response to disclosure
  • The lifelong impact of not getting care righ

10.40       Questions and Discussion

11.00       Refreshments

Session Two:

11.20       Workshop

Prevent child abuse – understand behaviours

Marilyn Hawes, Founder and CEO, Enough Abuse

Andy Woodward, Former Footballer and Director of Sport, Enough Abuse

  • Are we ABLE to PREVENT child abuse?
  • What creates an abuser? What is grooming and how do they think and operate?
  • The impact of child abuse

13.20       Lunch

Session Three: Strengthening our child protection system

14.05       Past good practice can inform children's future​

Dr. Sarah Nelson, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh

  • Identification of child sexual abuse cases has deteriorated, not improved
  • We need  to resurrect & adapt imaginative good practice
  • Examples of helping children to tell, and of perpetrator-focussed investigation

14.25       The role of social media – could this be the historic child abuse of the future?

  • ​Online crimes against children continue to increase but rates of disclosure by children appear to be low
  • The ability to create text and visual content may be associated with victimisation as well as silencing of children
  • These crimes are largely associated with adolescents rather than very young children and this presentation considers the challenges of assumptions of agency and responsibility.

Dr Ethel Quayle, COPINE Research, Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Edinburgh

14.45       New Directions in Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Stuart Allardyce, National Manager, Stop It Now! Scotland

  • Child sexual abuse as a public health issue: prevention is better than cure
  • Current approaches to prevention of online sexual abuse in Scotland
  • Where do we go from here - future directions in the prevention of child sexual abuse

15.05       Listening to children and their rights

Cathy McCulloch, Co-Director, Children’s Parliament

  • Why this needs our urgent attention : the policy and legislative context and the lifelong impact of abuse
  • The power of rights - how they help keep children safe
  • Challenges + barriers and what we need to do now

15.25      Questions and Discussion

15.45      Chairs closing remarks

15.55       Close of event

Agenda subject to change.
 

Venue and costs

Event location: Scottish Arbitration Centre, 125 Princes St, Edinburgh, EH2 4AD

1 place can be booked for £99 + VAT or 2 places can be booked for a total of £150 + VAT. 

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
20 June 2017
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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