The Child Sexual Exploitation Conference 2017 will provide attendees with a timely opportunity to discuss the implications of government policy going forward, including the impact of recent reforms and initiatives on national efforts to prevent and tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).

Participants will also hear from leading organisations and experts that are successfully sharing information, collaborating with relevant stakeholders and working in multi-agency teams to identify, prevent and support victims of CSE.


  • Ann Coffey MP, Member for Stockport and Chair – All-Party Parliamentary Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults and Commissioner, ‘Child Sexual Exploitation in Greater Manchester’ Reports
  • Anna Racher, Protect and Respect CSE Programme Lead, NSPCC
  • Sara Jones, Head of Commissioning, The Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Clare Bushell, Child Protection Advisor, National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Wendy Nicholson, National Lead Nurse – Children, Young People & Families, Public Health England
  • Phil Ashford, Child Sexual Exploitation Response Unit Lead, NWG Network
  • John O’Brien, Secretary to the Inquiry, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)


  • Explore how to effectively tackle CSE, against the backdrop of NSPCC estimates that 1 in 20 children in the UK are sexually abused, and 1 in 3 who are abused by adults do not tell anyone
  • Evaluate the success of the government’s renewed approach to combatting CSE, as well as a specific focus on the Child Sexual Exploitation Response Unit
  • Explore innovative and effective multi-agency initiatives that have proven successful at tackling CSE
  • Examine the role of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards in providing strong local leadership to combat CSE
  • Understand how to identify and provide extensive support to young people at a significant risk of CSE and/or grooming online
  • Analyse how to ensure that children and young people are better equipped to recognise if they are being subjected to sexual exploitation and encourage CSE victims to speak up
  • Examine the benefits of delivering a multi-agency, strategic and operational response to CSE, including how local stakeholders can collaborate better on prevention efforts


This Conference is specifically designed for Local Authorities, Police, the Health Sector, and Charities. Typical job titles will include:

  • CSE Team Managers and Coordinators
  • Directors of Children’s Services
  • Specialist and Child Safeguarding Nurses
  • Heads of Safeguarding
  • Safeguarding Managers
  • Social Workers
  • Detective Inspectors and Investigations Officers
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Children’s Policy Advisers
  • School Nurses
  • Policy Managers
  • Service and Team Managers
  • Victim Advocates
  • Heads of Public Protection
  • Councillors
  • Chief Executives
  • Heads of Support and Wellbeing

*This Conference is also open to the wider public sector, as well as the private sectors to encourage networking and debate.

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