A News story by 9 May 2024

Yesterday, our E-ACT Ideas Safeguarding Conference brought together over 60 safeguarding professionals and educators from across the country, dedicated to fostering safer more inclusive environment for all. The event featured a line-up of inspiring speakers who addressed critical issues surrounding safeguarding with honesty, emotion, and vulnerability. 

Our National Safeguarding Team shared: 

“We are still buzzing from our amazing safeguarding conference yesterday. There were so many takeaways and insights that were shared by our fantastic speakers. It was an absolute highlight to spend the day with safeguarding colleagues who work tirelessly to safeguard our children.” 

 

Highlights from the day 

Jennifer Simpson (Papyrus) – Suicide Prevention in Education

One of the standout moments of the conference was Jennifer Simpson’s from Papyrus poignant presentation, which focused on suicide prevention in education.

Jennifer emphasised the importance of speaking openly about suicide, initiating crucial conversations, and implementing safety planning strategies to support vulnerable students. 

 

Karen Rose (E-ACT) – How to look after ourselves in high pressure roles. 

Karen Rose from E-ACT delivered a talk on the significance of self-care in high-pressure roles. Drawing from her own experiences and expertise as Director of Partnerships and Organisational Development, Karen reminded us about the importance of looking after ourselves and provided us with some practical strategies, I think we all acknowledged we could get better at this! 

 

Boris Radanovic (SWGFL) – Online safety 

Boris Radanovic from SWGFL captivated the audience with his insights into online safety, highlighting the evolving landscape of technology and the necessity for adults to understand and navigate digital platforms responsibly. His call for adults to be the mentors they wished they had as teenagers resonated deeply with attendees. He provided excellent resources and guidance so we can protect the children we work with. 

 

Mike & Danny (LadsLikeUs) – Trauma Attuned practice 

The conference also featured a candid and thought-provoking keynote session by Lads Like Us, who shared their personal experiences and emphasised the importance of asking why and engaging in open dialogue with young people. Their mantra of “What happened to you?” served as a powerful reminder of the impact words can have on shaping the lives of young individuals. They really reminded us about the power of professional curiosity, the importance of looking beyond behaviour, and what trauma attuned practice really is. 

From keynote addresses to interactive sessions, our E-ACT Ideas Safeguarding Conference provided professionals with invaluable insights and practical strategies to enhance their safeguarding practices. By fostering open dialogue, prioritising self-care, and staying informed about the latest advancements in safeguarding, attendees left the conference feeling inspired and empowered to make a difference in their communities.  

As we reflect on the conference, it’s clear that by coming together, sharing knowledge, and supporting one another, we can create safer, more inclusive environments where all of our pupils can thrive.