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Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach

This Conference is now Closed

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We are pleased to announce the National Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults Conference which this year will focus on improving safeguarding practice: delivering a strengths based approach, transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding. Through national expert sessions and practical case studies the  conference aims to bring together safeguarding leads working with adolescents and young people to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas you are facing in practice, developing a strengths based approach to adolescent safeguarding.

“A strengths-based approach explores, in a collaborative way the entire individual’s abilities and their circumstances rather than making the deficit the focus of the intervention. We should gather a holistic picture of the individual’s life”

Strengths based approach practice framework, Department of Health and Social Care Feb 2019

“A strengths-based approach (SBA) to social care focuses on identifying the strengths, or assets, as well as the needs and difficulties of children, young people and families.”


The conference will address the need for specific services and support tailored age appropriately to adolescents and young people who are at risk of falling in the gap between child and adult services. The conference will also focus on developing an action plan for contextual safeguarding in working with adolescents.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve adolescent and young adult safeguarding practice
  • Understand the national context of your safeguarding practice
  • Reflect on the lived experience
  • Understand how you can develop and embed a strengths based approach 
  • Develop your skills in transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding and in which situations they apply 
  • Improve the transition from child to adult safeguarding: supporting support people across the life course
  • Develop a Contextual Safeguarding action plan: understanding the wider contexts of adolescent lives outside the family
  • Learn from multi-agency approaches to support child and adult victims of sexual exploitation
  • Reflect on the development of a Complex Safeguarding Hub to improve the response to criminal activity, or behaviour associated to criminality, involving vulnerable children/young people, where there is exploitation and/or a clear or implied safeguarding concern
  • Monitor and improve service user led outcomes for safeguarding
  • Understanding adolescent thinking and attachment and improve your skills in working with adolescent people
  • Update your knowledge on current issues and identification of Honor Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation
  • Improve Practice Working with Vulnerable Adolescents: learning from working with people under the age of 25 who are affected by gangs and county lines activity
  • Legal update – including information sharing and the new Liberty Protection Safeguards which will replace DoLS and now apply to 16-17 year olds
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

Mr Ian Winter

Independent Chair
Barking and Dagenham Safeguarding Children Board

Mr Kenny Gibson

Head of Safeguarding
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Ms Susan Butlin

Strategic Lead for Complex Safeguarding
Manchester City Council

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience away from their workplace in an intimate environment where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events, whether it be a sponsored session, or an exhibition stand, a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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