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Exploitation 2021: Tackling the culture and challenges of trafficking, slavery and county lines

This conference will now take place 24 & 25 June 2021

Learn, network and reflect at this major two-day research and practice-informed conference with AoCPP in partnership with the University of Kent International Centre for Child Protection.

To be held at the award-winning Sibson Building at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

This conference brings together key academics, leading practitioners and victim perspectives, providing a showcase for participants to share their own best practice and research in the form of papers, workshops and posters.

We hope to confirm the following keynote speakers:

To be confirmed nearer the time, for information only and may change

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, Reader and Chartered Psychologist, Loughborough University

David Spicer, Barrister and former AoCPP Chair, Author of Operation Sanctuary: Joint Serious Case Review Concerning Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adults with Needs for Care and Support

Prof Jane Reeves, Professor of Teaching, Learning and Innovation in Child Protection and Co Director of the Centre for Child Protection

Dr Samantha Warner, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, honorary lecturer Salford University, board member AoCPP

Register your interest

Please register your interest and we will contact you with booking instructions nearer the time. Friends of the Centre for Child Protection can book the member ticket using the code that you will have received in your email. Please add a note in the form if you are interested in group bookings.

Exhibition stands

There is the opportunity for a limited number of exhibition stands to be purchased at a cost of £200 per stand. Please email in the first instance.

Event information - programme

The programme will be available to download in due course.

Directions to the University of Kent

We do recommend that you consider using public transport if possible. However, if you do need to drive you will require a parking permit for you to print and display on your dashboard. Unfortunately we are not able to reserve spaces for events. There are bays allocated if you hold a blue badge, but if you require any additional special access please do let us know in advance.

Canterbury West Station is the nearest station to the Campus and useful directions can be found on this link as well as a campus map. Buses run from St Dunstan’s Street (turn right as you exit the station and cross the road at the top) to the University. 


Accommodation options will be provided nearer the time.

CPD course information/leaflet

You are interested in attending an event that looks at protecting children, you may therefore also be interested in our child protection simulations and more information can be found on the links below. We are happy to discuss discounted group training sessions at your organisation, please emails to discuss options further.

Zak and Young Zak the Gamer - signs of radicalisation

Lottie - child sexual exploitation

myCourtroom - Rosie's family go to court

Rosie 2 Assessing parental capacity and neglect in complex families

Maryam and Joe: Behind Closed Doors




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Last Updated: 20/03/2020