Conference to explore children’s experiences of exploitation (23-24 June)

Olivia Miller

On 24 and 25 June, the Centre for Child Protection will co-host an online conference on the culture and challenges of trafficking, slavery and county lines.

The conference, which is a collaboration with the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP), will enable professionals working in child protection, such as social workers, academics and students, to learn about the latest work and research in the field.

Across the two days, attendees will also be able to engage in themed panel sessions and workshops, and listen to the perspectives of victims, their families, professionals, researchers, and policymakers.

The panel sessions are expected to cover themes such as: race and culture; trafficking, migration and movement; building resilience among exploited children and young people; and tackling exploitation.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Dame Vera Baird DBE QC, The Victims Commissioner for England and Wales
  • Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Principal Research Fellow, The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking
  • Dr Daniel Rhind, Specialist in Sport and Child Protection, Reader and Chartered Psychologist, Loughborough University
  • David Spicer, Barrister and former AoCPP Chair, Author of Operation Sanctuary
  • Jane Reeves, Emeritus Professor of the Centre for Child Protection
  • Dr Samantha Warner, Specialist in Sexual Violence, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Lecturer Salford University, Board Member AoCPP
  • ACC Peter Ayling, Kent Police

Tickets can be booked for the Conference, entitled Exploitation 2021: Tackling the culture and challenges of trafficking, slavery and county lines, via the Association of Child Protection Professionals’ website.