Date Published: 04 June 2019
Social workers from across the East Midlands have gathered in Rutland for a regional conference aimed at sharing knowledge and skills to help protect children and families.
The conference was organised by the East Midlands Regional Principal Social Worker network and brought together more than 75 child and family social workers to promote excellence and best practice.
Attendees at the event heard from a number of expert speakers on important issues like contextual safeguarding, child sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and trafficking.
Although, statistically, sexual abuse is most likely to occur in the family home, young people are also vulnerable to sexual abuse, exploitation and criminal exploitation while out in the community.
Children’s social care practitioners are increasingly working to engage with individuals and groups who influence young people when they are out in the wider community, so that more of us can spot signs of abuse and report it. This is a critical feature of contextual safeguarding.
Meeting to share knowledge and expertise allows social workers from different parts of the East Midlands to learn from each other and provide the highest standard of practice in their respective areas. Guest speakers at the event included:
- Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Principal Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire’s International Centre
- Jane Wiffin, from the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse
- Charlotte Parish, from the Sexual Abuse Referral Centre in Nottingham
- Craig Barlow PHD from the University of Hull
“Social workers do an incredibly important job. They support families in times of trouble or uncertainty and work tirelessly to protect children and young people. Social workers here in Rutland are part of a much wider community of social care professionals from across the East Midlands. This partnership and the work that we carry out with neighbouring areas is vital in order to help keep people safe. However, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and you should not hesitate to report any concerns you may have about the welfare of a child or young person who might be at risk of harm.”
David Wilby, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding Children and Young People
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