How safe are our children? 2016

Our annual conference for those working in child protection

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Royal College of Physicians, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE

The NSPCC’s annual How safe are our children? conference provides child protection professionals with the opportunity to debate, question and share insights about the latest strategies, policies and programmes to prevent child abuse and protect children.

The 2016 event was attended by over 300 people who work in various areas of child protection including social work, education, health and criminal justice. It was also the launch event for How safe are our children? 2016, the most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK.

Keynote speeches at the 2016 conference included Simon Bailey, Chief Constable of Norfolk Police, and National Child Protection Lead and Oliver James, clinical psychologist, author and broadcaster.

Other speakers across the 2016 two day conference included;

  • Johnny Gwynne, Director of Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
  • Professor Tanya Byron, Psychologist and Writer
  • The Baroness Kidron OBE
  • Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive of Internet Watch Foundation
  • Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Head of MsUnderstood
  • Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, London School of Economics

The conference kicked off with a lively debate about how we can keep children safe online. NSPCC young ambassadors, Sena, 15, and Jade, 18, were joined by panellists Johnny Gwynne, Susie Hargreaves OBE, Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE, Katie O'Donovan, and chaired by NSPCC Trustee Neil Berkett. They discussed the great opportunities offered by the internet to educate and communicate, but also acknowledged the risks and dangers involved: "We need to become digitally resilient." [Professor Livingstone OBE].

We also welcomed special guest, Hollywood actor and director David Schwimmer. He spoke about his work as the director on The Rape Foundation Board which runs Stuart House – a scheme where a child who has been sexually abused can access all the services they need under one roof. He commented: "I'm honoured to take part in the NSPCC's annual How safe conference, and to support the urgent fight for the creation of more comprehensive Child Advocacy centres in the UK."

Details about next year's conference will be added to this page shortly.

How safe are our children? research reports

How safe are our children? 2016

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How safe are our children? 2016 delegate conference presentations

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