Safeguarding and Protecting Every Child 2017

Date(s): 03/11/2017
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Light, Friends House
Address: 173 – 177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ
Speaker: Various
Contact: Laura Henry,,

The Second National Early Years
Safeguarding and Child Protection Conference


This important and thought-provoking conference has been organised to support the Early Years sector, to enable educators to work proactively in a solution-driven and collaborative environment with children and their families.


In January 2016, prompted by the number of questions and queries that sector colleagues were posting on social media, as well as cuts in professional development that link to safeguarding and child protection awareness, Laura Henry sensed a need for a group on Facebook and started Early Years Safeguarding and Child Protection. The group is very successful and is the go-to place for colleagues to share and ask questions on safeguarding and child protection issues. This can only help to ensure that every child is protected and kept safe. There are close to 4,000 members now in this bespoke group and it was from this small start that Laura felt there was a need to come together and explore some of the issues.

The first conference was held on 4th November 2016 and was a resounding success and in light of this Laura has agreed to make it an annual event in honour of Victoria Climbié, to celebrate her birthday and reflect on what we need to do.

New for the 2017 Conference

As England’s national representative at the World Forum in Early Care and Education, during the conference Laura will host the first live screening in the UK of the international, thought-provoking Voices of Children documentary project!

There will also be an opportunity for settings to take part in their own action research project on the voices of the child.

In addition, a Tool Kit will be available for all delegates.

We will watch the film and explore the themes, with discussion chaired by Angela Fowler from the world-renowned Erikson Institute.

 Speakers and Content

Angela Fowler

Angela is a project director at the Erikson Institute, where she leads progressive educational initiatives including distance learning projects and a collaboration with Reggio Children. She is a co-leader of the Voices of Children committee and coordinator of the technology track for the World Forum Foundation. She has worked in the field of education for more than 25 years and has participated in and coordinated twelve study tours to Reggio Emilia, Italy. She is also co-founder and executive director of Cultivating the Early Years (CEY), where she consults on progressive educational approaches, technology for the early years, children’s rights, teacher education, and much more. She has also authored articles and chapters on these topics

Mine Conkbayir – NEyTCO Training & Development Director, Speaker, Lecturer and Author

Mine Conkbayir is tireless in her work to inform educators, parents and policy makers about the importance of early brain development and neuroscience in the care of our youngest citizens. As the Training and Development Director, Mine works closely with NEyTCO in order to better implement their vision for Early Years consultants and trainers, improve quality and promote better understanding of child development and the incredible long term benefits of early intervention.

Mine is the author of Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues (Nov 2014) and also her second book, Early Childhood and Neuroscience: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice saw her receiving Nursery World 2017 Highly Commended Award

 Neil Leitch – CEO, Pre-school Learning Alliance

Neil Leitch is the chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, the largest voluntary sector childcare operator in the UK. As the largest early years membership organisation in England, the Alliance also represents 14,000 nurseries, pre-schools, and childminders, who in turn support more than 800,000 families.

Neil was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) for his work within the early years sector.

Dr Stuart Shanker

Stuart Shanker, D Phil (Oxon), is a distinguished research professor emeritus of psychology and philosophy from York University and the creator of The MEHRIT Centre and the Self Regulation Institute. He is a former president of the Council of Early Child Development. His expertise has been sought internationally as an adviser on early child development and self-regulation to school boards and government organizations. Dr Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model — The Shanker Method®– is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults.

Keynote Speech: Self-Regulation and Vulnerable Children

Leroy Logan MBE, PhD, BSc

Leroy has over 30 years practical policing experience and related work with the UK Justice System which includes being a founder member, and past Chairman of both the London and National Black Police Association.
As the Deputy Borough Commander of Hackney, Leroy contributed significantly in the borough receiving three consecutive Commissioner’s Commendations (2004 – 2007) for delivered top performance in service delivery out of all the boroughs in the Metropolitan Police Service.
Leroy has a wealth of experience in equality and human rights frameworks, both at a national and international basis as well as being a strategic and local adviser in developing community assessment of need and risk in vulnerable groups, especially in young people, and where to effectively deploy assets.

Keynote Speech: Who is safeguarding the 1000s of young people at risk to knife / gun crime & how it has to be dealt with

Hibo Wardere – Author, Campaigner and Public Speaker

Hibo Wardere is a specialist and campaigner around FGM issues. She was born in Somalia, she moved to London, to flee the Somali Civil War.

She currently works as a mediator and a regular FGM educator for Waltham Forest Borough. Her testimonials and campaigning work have appeared in publications including the Telegraph, the Guardian and on the BBC.

Keynote Speech: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and the effect this has for Early Years

 Jane Evans – Parenting and Childhood Trauma Expert

Jane Evans is widely known for her TEDxBristol talk on childhood anxiety, ‘Taming and Tending Your Meerkat Brain’. She began her career with children and families over two decades ago working in pre-schools and as a childminder, family support and parenting worker, and as a foster carer. Jane is now a renowned TV, radio and social media parenting and childhood trauma expert.
Jane combines her vast experience of working with families with complex needs with her knowledge of the latest neuroscience and attachment research. She regularly speaks to, and trains, others to understand and use this in their direct work with children and families.

Keynote Speech: Supporting Early Years Children who have lived with family and community based threat and violence

Present and Panel Session

Ann Marie Christian – Specialist Education Safeguarding Consultant

Ann Marie is a child protection & safeguarding consultant and author. She qualified in 1996 and has worked in children’s social care for 20 years. Her roles have included team manager, front-line practitioner, LSCB trainer, LADO, safeguarding advisor and school improvement safeguarding advisor. Ann Marie has also managed a 0-5 safeguarding team and supported Early Years settings with training and consultancy in this role.

Roles and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead

Jemma Mortlock – Director of Early Start Childcare & Education Ltd

Jemma is 36 years old, a wife and mother of 5 children, she has worked in and owned Early years’ settings for over 10 years and completed her Foundation degree in 2012.

She was born in Westminster and grew up in care from the age of 7, she was a ward of court till 25 years old. Her foster mother was a Black Jamaican woman, her biological mother is white British and her father is black Trinidadian.

Being in care, a story to share

Sarah Goff – Development Manager, Ann Craft Trust, Safeguarding Disabled Children Services

Sarah Goff has over twenty years’ experience in the fields of child protection and social care. Sarah is an expert in the field of safeguarding disabled children and her interests include the impact of domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation.

Listen to me! Don’t talk over me! Protecting Disabled Children; voices, choices, challenges


£245.00 plus VAT

NEyTCO Members Special Rate: £208.25 + VAT (15% Discount)

Student & Lecturer Rate: £95.00 plus VAT

Conference Package includes:

  • “Voices of Children” Toolkit
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Lunch
  • Conference “Goody” Bag
  • Conference hand-outs
  • Copies of presentations
  • Certificate of attendance

Who Should Attend?

  • Nursery owners
  • Nursery managers
  • Nursery nurses
  • Early Years educators
  • Early Years teachers
  • Early Years professionals
  • Teachers
  • Special needs co-ordinators
  • Key Stage 1 and reception teachers
  • College and university staff
  • Primary headteachers, deputy headteachers
  • Primary school senior leadership teams
  • Governors
  • Fostering and adoption agencies
  • Foster carers
  • Childminders, children’s centre staff
  • Local authority Early Years teams
  • Children and family organisations
  • Central government
  • Ofsted
  • Early Years trainers
  • Early Years advisors and consultants


If you would like to reserve or book a place – please send an email to:

Please include:

  • your full name
  • your setting / organisation details including correspondence address
  • number of places you require (and other delegate names if possible)
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