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Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults

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We are pleased to announce National Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults Conference which this year will focus on improving safeguarding practice: delivering a strengths based approach, trauma informed safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding. There is a focus through the day on the need to address the gap in services supporting adolescents with transitional safeguarding as they transition into adulthood services. 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, address risks faced by vulnerable adolescents and to debate and discuss key issues and areas you are facing in practice in supporting adolescents and young adults.

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.

There will also be a focus on developing an action plan for contextual safeguarding in working with adolescents addressing the context in which young people and adolescents live their lives.

“We don’t have an adolescent approach in a lot of what we do, we have a children approach. And a children approach won’t necessarily work for an adolescent. They’re not simply “young adult-adults”. or older children. They’re different and they work differently. So we need to think about this pathway being different for that particular group. ”

Rachel Allen-Ringham Head of Service, Exploitation and children harmed through Violence London Borough of Tower Hamlets, November 2023

“Contextual Safeguarding is a key example of how safeguarding practice with children and young people is being adapted to respond more effectively to harms faced outside the family or home. Contextual Safeguarding encourages us to move beyond an individualised approach to safeguarding and consider the wider systems, contexts and spaces in which a young person experiences harm and safety. ”

Bridging the gap: Transitional Safeguarding and the role of social work with adults

 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

  • Assess various Safeguarding Models

  • Understand adolescent development and risk

  • Explore the context in which young adults and adolescents live their lives

  • Develop your skills in transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding, trauma informed 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

  • Ensure the risks faced by vulnerable adolescents are addressed

  • 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

  • Risk assessment and interventions in adolescent safeguarding regarding harmful sexual behaviour

  • Update your knowledge on current issues and identification of risk with regard to Gangs, Criminal Exploitation and Serious Youth Violence

  • Improve partnership with Police

  • 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

  • Supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience 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 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 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 Sarah Jane for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

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