Book this event now for special discount.
This year’s special event from Jim Gamble and Ineqe Group is entitled ‘Predators in positions of trust.’
Building contemporary knowledge for all safeguarding professionals and volunteers, the event examines how predators infiltrate positions of trust in order to gain access to vulnerable children and hide in public view.
As part of Virtual College’s developing relationship with Jim Gamble and Ineqe Group, you can take advantage of a special 20% discount by quoting the code below.
The event will take place at 4 venues throughout the UK:
London: Friday 17th March 2017
Belfast: Friday 24th March 2017
Birmingham: Monday 20th March 2017
Glasgow: Friday 31st March 2017
Six specialist speakers have been signed up for the event – see below for more information about each of the speakers and the topics they will cover.
Attendees will achieve a heightened awareness and understanding of:
A survivor’s experience
Policy, practice and risk management
Effective and responsible leadership
Criminal justice versus safeguarding outcomes
Vetting and ongoing scrutiny.
Potential attendees are advised that the event uses clips of real perpetrators speaking about their experiences of abusing children and individuals may find this upsetting.
With limited availability, you are advised to book now to confirm your place quoting code VC001* to secure your special 20% discount.
To find out more and secure your place:
Call: +44 (0)2890 232 060
*To receive a 20% discount enter VC001 in the ‘Dietary / Access Requirements’ field in the ‘Delegate Details’ page of the booking form.
Karen Leach – A Dream Destroyed and Lives Shattered
A qualified Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Family Systems Therapist and Choice Theory Facilitator. As a child Karen was a talented swimmer with Olympic aspirations who suffered devastating abuse at the hands of her coach. Since the publication of her story in the book Deep Deception Karen has been speaking out and advocating on behalf of children and young people. She is working to create a greater level of awareness and to encourage safer spaces for children and young people in sport.
Between the age of 10 and 17 Karen spent endless hours in the swimming pool. She was recognised as a talented national and international swimmer with strong aspirations and a realistic chance of representing her country at the Olympic Games. During those seven years Karen was routinely abused by her coach. Karen will share her story. Beginning with the 10 year old girl who dreamt of Olympic stardom, through the nightmare years of grooming, control and abuse to the years of anguish and pain for her and her family.
Tom Simmons QPM – Keeping Children Safer in Sport & Other Youth Activities
A former Senior Detective in the MPS, NCS, SOCA and CEOP, Tom specialised in complex child abuse investigations, including offences facilitated by technology. During his service in CEOP’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) he focused on offenders, their behaviour and triggers for abuse. He has acted as a child safeguarding officer for a sports organisation, has reviewed a number of child safeguarding investigations and conducted independent suitability and risk assessments. He is an American Polygraph Association certified polygraph examiner having trained at the College of Policing at Bramshill. Tom’s distinguished service as a detective was recognised by the Queen in 2013 when he was awarded the QPM.
Tom will highlight the proactive and reactive responses to Child Safeguarding within youth organisations outlining the issues and challenges practitioners & volunteers in this field face. He will provide an insight on decision making, risk assessment and information sharing and discuss approaches to internal Investigations.
Hugh Davies OBE QC – Vetting, Aftercare and Critical Review
A leading QC, Hugh is considered by many to be the UK’s foremost child protection and safeguarding legal advocate. He has extensive experience in professional conduct investigations and internal disciplinary proceedings and until December 2015 was part of the legal team for the Independent Child Abuse Inquiry. He has carried out a number of independent reviews and is the Head of the Bar Human Rights Committee Child Rights Unit.
Hugh will address delegates on issues related to safer recruitment including disclosure and barring, reference checking and the professional curiosity that can deliver greater reassurance in post-employment conduct. In doing so he will reflect on the lessons learnt from the Southbank International School Independent Review arising from the criminal conduct of Teacher William Vahey. In particular, he will consider the missed opportunities, impediments to early intervention and the importance of credibly testing that policy is reflected in practice.
Jim Gamble QPM – Leadership in Safeguarding: Reflection on Reviews
A former Chief police officer and founding Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Jim is currently the CEO of the INEQE group of specialist safeguarding companies and the Independent chair of the City and Hackney safeguarding children Board; the first in the UK to be judged outstanding by Ofsted. A strong advocate of a child centric and contextualised approach to safeguarding the young and vulnerable, he is unequivocal in his commitment to professional curiosity and challenge.
Jim will reflect on the importance of a culture of strong visible leadership that goes beyond mere rhetoric and the need for national and local government and those leading critical reviews to practice what they preach. He will use a number of recent case reviews to focus on key issues including the FC (Foster Carer) Serious Case review and the recently published Safeguarding Children Review of a major NHS trust.
Sean O’Neill, Chief Reporter, The Times – The Role of the Media; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Sean is Chief Reporter of The Times and the former Crime & Security Editor of the newspaper. During his twelve years at the paper he has covered numerous major events involving child sex abuse including the aftermath of the Savile expose, Operation YewTree and Operation Midland and the challenges faced by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. He has also written about terrorism, policing, major crimes and the politics of the criminal justice system. He is co-author of ‘The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza and the Finsbury Park Mosque’.
Sean will reflect on the role of the media when reporting highly sensitive and potentially sensational stories linked to child sex abuse. He will focus on the challenges and restrictions reporters face, consider the criticism levelled at some media outlets and highlight the positive role investigative journalism has played in bringing critical issues linked to celebrity and institutional based abuse as well as CSE to light.
Dr Graham Hill – Offenders who Occupy Positions of Trust
Graham is a Consultant Criminologist, former senior police officer and experienced SIO. He was the founding Head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) and has been an advisor, behavioural analyst or SIO on some of the UK’s most notorious child abuse/murder investigations. His research interests include the behaviour of male and female child sex offenders, interviewing child sex offenders and non-familial child abduction/murder. His work focuses on how research can inform and enhance investigative practice.
Dr Hill will provide an insight into offending behaviour and how predators use their positions of trust to facilitate their sexual abuse of children. He will reflect on the tactics they employ and will explain the importance of considering the 6 steps to understanding child sex offenders. Graham will place this theory in context by using videos of interviews conducted with convicted predators.