On Friday 25th September 2015 the Safeguarding Children e-Academy hosted the Autumn Advisory Panel Meeting (APM) at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley.

The Advisory Panel is a quarterly coming together of experienced professionals who specialise in safeguarding to discuss the current issues and hot topics that society faces.

The theme of this Safeguarding Advisory Panel was forced marriages and featured a presentation from Chaz Akoshile, Joint Head of the Forced Marriage Unit. The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) was established in 2005 to lead on the governments forced marriage policy and has been formed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office.

Chaz’s presentation discussed who the FMU are, how they help to assist those at risk and the potential warning indicators that a person may be at risk of a forced marriage.

Click here to read a summary of his presentation.

The day also included a presentation from Jay Turner, Virtual College’s Health and Social Care Division Marketing Executive , on the Forced Marriage VOOC. The Forced Marriage VOOC is a free online course Virtual College have produced to educate the both professionals in the field and the public about this important safeguarding issue, click here to find out more.

The day finished with an update from Ellie Jordan, Virtual College’s Account Manager in Health and Social Care Division, on the schedule of updates for existing courses which includes:

  • Safeguarding Children and Young People from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation
  • An Introduction to Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC)
  • The Assessment and Management of Urinary Incontinence and Bladder Dysfunction in Adults

The next advisory panel will be held on 11th December 2015, the guest speaker will be Nigel King who will be discussing how to achieve best evidence and question techniques.

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