Safeguarding company, One Team Logic has announced its inaugural ‘Leadership in Safeguarding Conference’  - an event designed to bring together safeguarding leads across all educational settings to discuss the challenges facing their role today. 

Working in collaboration with Northamptonshire schools, the conference will take place on 24 May in Northampton and will include a number of high profile speakers who are all leading practitioners in their field. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to attend interactive break-out sessions to focus on a range of topics, and to use the day to share good practice and network with colleagues from across the UK.

The confirmed line-up of thought-provoking speakers include:

  • Jim Gamble QPM – a former senior police officer and CEO of the Child Exploitation and On-Line Protection Centre (CEOP). Jim is currently the Independent Chair for the City of London and Hackney Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Bromley Safeguarding Children’s Board.
  • Sharon Shoesmith - former Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Haringey and author of “Learning from Baby P: the politics of blame, fear and denial”
  • Alex Renton – an award winning investigative journalist, author, and presenter of ITV exposure documentary, “Boarding Schools - the Secret Shame
  • Jackie Shanks – is a Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead of a Special School in Dorset and Associate Lecturer at Winchester University who regularly trains on issues related to self-harm.

The event will address the current safeguarding trends affecting senior leaders in education today, and the impact this is having on their role. This includes the challenges of working in a multi-agency environment, and the consequences to be managed by senior leaders when a critical incident occurs.

Delegates will also hear about the devastating impact that serious child safeguarding incidents can have on victims, witnesses and their families and what can happen when allegations are not taken seriously.  

In addition, there will be interactive sessions which will cover other subjects including the presentation of evidence, self-harm and networking for safeguarding leads.

Speaking of the conference, Executive Headteacher, Lisa Atack said: “ Having been a Designated Safeguarding Lead for many years this unique event provides a great opportunity for safeguarding leads to come together to debate important issues affecting all of us. The role for safeguarding leads has become increasingly complex and challenging in recent years and is now a critical role for most schools. Given these demands it is really important that safeguarding leads are able to meet to support each other and develop their understanding of the role” 

Martin Baker, MD of One Team Logic, added: “We’re thrilled to support this event and to provide an opportunity for safeguarding leads to learn from the experience of our keynote speakers and very importantly, from each other. We think this will be a very special day.”

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