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Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults: Delivering a Strengths-Based Approach

Friday 12 Mar 2021


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We are pleased to announce National Safeguarding Adolescents and Young Adults Conference which this year will focus on improving safeguarding practice: delivering a strengths based approach, transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding. Through national expert sessions and practical case studies the conference aims to bring together safeguarding leads working with adolescents and young people to understand current issues and the national context, and to debate and discuss key issues and areas you are facing in practice including supporting adolescents and young adults through COVID-19, and developing a strengths based approach to adolescent safeguarding.

“The coronavirus outbreak is having an impact on everybody’s lives. Schools are closed, contact with family and friends limited and social and leisure activities cancelled…At this time, it is understandable that children and young people may be feeling anxious and upset. Their life may feel unpredictable and out of control and their usual mechanisms of support through friends, family members and professionals more limited.”

Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan Associate National Clinical Director for Children and Young People’s Mental Health, May 2020

“A strengths-based approach explores, in a collaborative way the entire individual’s abilities and their circumstances rather than making the deficit the focus of the intervention. We should gather a holistic picture of the individual’s life”

Strengths based approach practice framework, Department of Health and Social Care Feb 2019

The conference will also focus on developing an action plan for contextual safeguarding in working with adolescents and will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve adolescent and young adult safeguarding practice
  • Understand the national context of your safeguarding practice including responding to the challenges of COVID-19
  • Reflect on the lived experience with a particular focus on COVID-19
  • Understand how you can develop and embed a strengths based approach 
  • Develop your skills in transitional safeguarding, contextual safeguarding and complex safeguarding and in which situations they apply 
  • Improve the transition from child to adult safeguarding: supporting support people across the life course
  • Develop a Contextual Safeguarding action plan: understanding the wider contexts of adolescent lives outside the family
  • Learn from multi-agency approaches to support child and adult victims of sexual exploitation
  • Reflect on the development of a Complex Safeguarding Hub to improve the response to criminal activity, or behaviour associated to criminality, involving vulnerable children/young people, where there is exploitation and/or a clear or implied safeguarding concern
  • Monitor and improve service user led outcomes for safeguarding
  • Understanding adolescent thinking and attachment and improve your skills in working with adolescent people
  • Update your knowledge on current issues and identification of Honor Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation
  • Improve Practice Working with Vulnerable Adolescents: learning from working with people under the age of 25 who are affected by gangs and county lines activity
  • Legal update – including information sharing and the new Liberty Protection Safeguards which will replace DoLS and now apply to 16-17 year olds
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice

Speakers include:

Mr Kenny Gibson

Head of Safeguarding
NHS England and NHS Improvement

Virtual Attendance

Our online virtual events include a combination of live webcam presentations, training materials, video sessions and interactive exercises.

All you need is a quiet space, a good internet connection and PC or laptop with camera and microphone to allow you to see, hear and speak to the facilitator and other delegates. We will provide full instructions for accessing the platform along with login details. 

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Virtual Training

Exhibition & Sponsorship Packages

This conference offers a valuable opportunity for industry suppliers to personally meet with their target audience where they will have time to talk and demonstrate the benefits of their products. High quality specialist audiences make having a presence at our events a highly targeted and cost effective marketing channel.

Why Exhibit?

Having a presence at this event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Demonstrate your product, system or service
  • Network and engage face to face with your key audience o 
  • Generate new business leads
  • Gain exposure for your brand and raise the profile of your organisation
  • Understand the current needs of your audience and challenges they’re facing
  • Update your knowledge of national policy and local developments  


Contact Carolyn Goodbody for exhibition and sponsorship prices, or to discuss a tailored package to suit your needs and budget.

Fee Options

NHS & Public Sector



Voluntary sector & charities



Commercial organisations



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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