NSPCC CEO ends conference on positive note praising collaborative approach to tackling child safety concerns in the UK
Our annual, two-day conference addressing neglect and child abuse in the UK came to a close yesterday. Despite the many challenges raised at the 'How safe are our children?' conference, Peter Wanless, NSPCC CEO felt positive about the potential outcomes:
"The point I will end on is one of partnership and a really strong collective sense that together we can do better for children. At many conferences contributors set out their own brilliance and challenge others to disagree with it. Here there has been a much stronger sense of working together.
"That means listening to children and helping them speak out, it requires heightened duties on adults to listen and respond and it means a significant shift from emergency interventions to prevention of abuse before it happens. The conference has shown how we can demand the nation's attention on child safety at a time when a child has not just died.
"We need together to keep that focus and momentum up from here."