The conference, which has been organised by Bradford’s Safeguarding Children Board, is aimed at managers and senior managers from the different agencies across the District who are involved in child protection, as well as secondary school staff who are involved in supporting young people and their parents to help them access the internet safely.
The conference will focus on the main points raised in a recent report from Barnardo’s which highlighted the need for:
• Easier access to existing prevention resources and advice, including age-appropriate healthy relationships and sex education through schools
• Training for all professionals working with children and young people so that they feel confident in identifying those at risk of harm online
• Assessments to be carried out by support services to include abuse that relates to on-line harm only
The conference will hear from a wide range of speakers, with Anne Longfield OBE, the Children’s Commissioner for England, presenting the key note speech on the national perspective on internet safety.
Other speakers include:
• Dr Sangeet Bhullar, Executive Director, WISE KIDS – Promoting digital citizenship and wellbeing for children and young people.
• DCI Mark Long, West Yorkshire Police – The challenges of managing threat harm and risk within the cyber world, legislation relevant to internet related offences and the implications of crime recording to the individual, public and partners.
• Youth Provision – The perspective from children and young people, current technology and methods of internet related activity favoured by children and young people.
• Tom Burton, Cyber Security Director, KPMG – How to harness the talents of young people and opportunities with industry.
David Niven, Independent Chair for the Bradford Safeguarding Children’s Board and Chair of the conference, said:
“The internet gives children and young people fantastic opportunities and plays a major part in their lives, but we need to make sure that they are safe when they are online. This is a national issue which is why we want the conference to have a national as well as a local focus. The conference will give those professionals who work with children the opportunity to hear from experts in the field as well as young people so we can share best practice that will better protect young people in our District.”
Michael Jameson, Strategic Director of Children’s Services, who will open the conference, said:
“The internet and social media are changing constantly. It’s important to bring different agencies and schools in our District together so we have the most up-to-date information on what we need to look out for to make sure children and young people are safe. The conference will help us develop a stronger strategic approach to protecting children and young people now and in the future.”