Countering Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 2021

Thursday, February 25, 2021
09:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Online Event
Virtual Conference


According to the Office for National Statistics, reports from organisations such as the NSPCC and UNICEF indicate a rise in calls to helplines and highlight the increased risk to children of abuse during the lockdown. 79% of 12-15-year olds have had potentially harmful online experience in the previous 12 months. 

The number of Childline counselling sessions about child sexual abuse within the family rose from an average of 8 sessions per week before the pandemic restrictions were imposed to an average of 23 per week since March 2020. 

Figures from the National Crime Agency show that at least 300,000 people in the UK pose a risk of committing physical or online child abuse which has more than doubled from the 140,000 reported last year.  

Countering Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 2021 will give attendees both policy and practice insights into how to identify, prevent and tackle child sexual exploitation. The event will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted both the scale of CSE and the ability of organisations to carry out their safeguarding role. 

Attendees will gain a comprehensive insight into current and future challenges and practical solutions from key organisations from across a variety of sectors including police, education, local government, healthcare, and charities.  


09:00 Online Registration

09:30 Chair’s Welcome Address

09:40 Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: The Way Forward

Sheila Taylor MBE, CEO, NWG Network

10:00 Case Study: How Nottinghamshire County Council Has Delivered A Contextual Safeguarding Response To CSE

Kirstin Lamb, Child Sexual Exploitation Coordinator, Nottinghamshire County Council

10:20 The National Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan: Developing New Ways Of Working For The Police To Target Offenders And Protect Children

Louise Rochester, Detective Sergeant, Metropolitan Police Service

10:40 Questions And Answers Session

11:05 Break and Networking

11:35 Enabling Parents And Carers To Adopt An Essential Safeguarding Role In Preventing CSE

Mark Whelan MBE, National Training and Partnership Coordinator, Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace)

11:55 Case Study: Supporting Frontline Healthcare Staff To Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation Through A CSE Named Nurse Team

Louise Powell, Safeguarding Children Named Nurse, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

12:15 Case Study: Working With Multiple Partners To Promote Sexual Health And Play A Key Role In The Prevention Of CSE

Speaker TBC

12:35 - Questions And Answers Session

12:55 Lunch And Networking

13:40 Keynote Address: Highlighting The Increased Risk Of Harm To Children Online Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic

David Wright, UK Safer Internet Centre Director, SWGfL

14:00 Case Study: Implementing A Contextual Safeguarding Framework To Strengthen The Safeguarding Response To Vulnerable Children And Young People

Councillor Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader of the Council and Advisory Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

14:20 Case Study: Helping Children Who Have Been Victims Of Abuse To Rehabilitate 

Dr Emma Howarth, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University of East London

14:40 Break And Networking

15:00 Chair’s Summary And Close

15:00-16:00 Consultation

Benefits of Attending

  • Meet other like-minded professionals and develop new, beneficial connections
  • Through the learning opportunities and sharing of best practice, you will be able to implement improvements in your workplace
  • Impact the wider agenda and be part of future planning
  • Be part of organisations that continue to evolve, improve and innovate
  • Learn how to make the best use of key products and services that can help transform your organisational capabilities


Countering Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 2021 brings together senior leaders from across the children services industry, Government, academia and the wider public sector to hear the latest policy updates across the sector and address the challenges facing the sector in these unprecedented times.

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