The most shocking and overwhelming theme to arise from the 51,000 testimonies submitted to the Everyone’s Invited website, was the trivialisation and sheer normalisation of sexual harm and it’s damaging behaviour across the nation’s educational institutions.

The recent DFE document, Keeping children Safe in education, September 2021, gives clear guidance on the responsibilities of all staff to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children in their school community. It provides a framework of the legal duties for governance and leadership to enable them to ensure best practice and the safety of children, young people and staff. The guidance has been welcomed by Head teachers as it includes further advice on how to support young victims of sexual violence and harassment and peer on peer abuse, including online.

This significant and timely conference will analyse the decisive actions education leaders must take in order to create a culture of unquestionable safety for students and remove potential factors that may lead to abuse.

This is an essential gathering of expert speakers, school leaders and case studies that will provide the in-depth insight and knowledge needed to embolden your institutions essential journey to becoming an exemplary model for an enhanced culture of safety.

 

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

  • Discover out the latest evidence on the cultural change in behaviour
  • Agree a working definition of cultures of safety.
  • Assess the data relating to the sexual assault of students.
  • Review disparities between the intent and execution of codes of conduct.
  • Identify similarities and differences between the education of personal safety for boys and girls.
  • Explore and assess the effect of the media on student’s attitudes towards opposite sexes.
  • Reflect on the relationship between archaic notions of masculinity and mental health.
  • Consider how senior school leaders can/should respond effectively to varying safeguarding situations.
  • Debunk pervasive mythologies surrounding the responsibility towards student protection.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Soma Sara

Founder of Everyone’s Invited

  • Vanessa Bradbury

 

  • David Smellie

Partner at Farrer & Co

(Invited)

  • Ann Marie Christian

Internationally acclaimed Education Safeguarding Consultant

  • Katie Spark & Ruth Eliot

Award winning Sex & Relationship Education Charity

  • Dr. Gohar Khan

Director of Ethos & Student Leadership at the Ridgeway Education Trust

  • Dr. Finn Mackay

Senior Lecturer of Sociology at the University of the West of England

  • Phil Denton NPQEL

Headteacher of St. Bede’s Catholic High School

  • Elizabeth Rose

Director of So Safeguarding

  • Mary Sharpe

CEO of the Reward Foundation

DATE London | Friday 12 November 2021
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
  • Headteachers and Principals
  • Deputy and Assistant Heads
  • School Governors
  • Directors of Safeguarding
  • Directors of Pastoral
  • Curriculum Managers
  • Senior Leaders – Teaching & Learning
  • Safeguarding Leads
  • Whole Safeguarding Teams
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers
  • Local Authorities’ Youth Provisions
  • Children’s Charities
CONFERENCE CODE 8762
INCLUDED
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

 

10.00 – 10.10am: Introduction from chair

Keynote Educational

10.10 – 10.50am: Keynote 1: Dismantling peer on peer abuse in schools

Dr. Carlene Frimin MBE-

Pioneer of the Contextual Safeguarding Approach & Founder of the MsUnderstood Partnership

  • Examining the causes of peer on peer abuse.
  • Reforming your safeguarding strategy with The Contextual Safeguarding Approach.
  • How to use The Contextual Safeguarding approach to combat peer on peer abuse.

10.50 – 11.10am: Morning Break

11.10 – 11.50am

Keynote 2: Developing whole school strategies to tackle peer on peer abuse

David Smellie

Partner at Farrer & Co

  • Updating strategies to combat peer on peer abuse
  • Conducting a policy assessment to determine the risks to which their students are or may be exposed
  • Examining the wider context that might breed peer on peer abuse.
  • Being alert to and monitoring changes in student behaviour

11.50 – 12.30pm: Keynote 3A: Equipping Students with their Human & Legal Rights

Ann Marie Christian

Internationally acclaimed Education Safeguarding Consultant

  • Embed our students with an understanding of their human and legal rights to empower their agency.
  • Increasing student knowledge of The Equality Act, consent and healthy relationships, legislation regarding sexual discrimination, revenge porn, victim-blaming and up-skirting.
  • Implementing a school wide plan that will inform student’s ability to discern and identify unacceptable behaviours.
  • Enhance student’s situational judgment skills as informed by legal frameworks.

Keynote 3B: Everyone’s Invited – Removing Barriers Preventing Students from Reporting Incidences of Sexual Harm

Soma Sara

Founder of Everyone’s Invited

  • Key findings from over 51,000 testimonials submitted to the Everyone’s Invited website.
  • Actively removing barriers that prevent students from reporting incidences of sexual harm
  • Applying The Everyone’s Invited reform criteria to your school.

12.30 – 13.30pm: Lunch

WORKSHOPS

13.20 – 14.10pm

Strand One

1A – Responding to the Latest KCSIE Ofsted Report

Elizabeth Rose

Director of So Safeguarding

  • Embedding latest policy into whole school approaches.
  • Ofsted key priorities on inspecting whole-school approaches to address sexual harassment, online sexual abuse and sexual violence
  • Preparing the data Ofsted will be looking for.

1B –Boys- examining attitudes and conduct though talk.

Phil Denton NPQEL

Headteacher of St. Bede’s Catholic High School

  • Examining the correlation between boy’s mental health and their attitudes and conduct towards the opposite sex.
  • Developing a whole school programme that encourages open discourse amongst adolescent boys.
  • Challenging the ‘othering’ of women by engaging in frank conversation in safe spaces.
  • Eliciting information from male students about their fears, angers and misconceptions.

14.10 – 14.30pm: Afternoon Break

14.30 – 15.20pm

Strand Two

2A – Promoting Wholesome Masculinity

Dr. Gohar Khan

Director of Ethos & Student Leadership at the Ridgeway Education Trust

  • Recognising that young men are exposed to all sorts of damaging stereotypes about themselves and the world around them.
  • Cultivating a culture that allows boys to thrive, explore their thoughts and feelings openly and freely.
  • Embedding this ethos whilst permitting it the time to grow organically.

2B – Combatting against the adverse effects of pornography

Mary Sharpe

CEO of the Reward Foundation

  • Analysing the impact pornography has on our students understanding of sexual consent, sexual pressure, coercion, rape, sexual assault and friendship.
  • Unpicking ‘normalised’ damaging attitudes and attitudes towards peers.
  • Challenging potentially harmful perspectives of women.
  • Practical strategies to mitigate readily accessible pornography consumption.

2C – Preventing Sexual Violence through modern Sex Education

Katie Spark & Ruth Eliot

The School of Sexuality Education

Award winning sex & relationship education charity

  • What defines modern Sex Education in light of the report?
  • Consent as the core part of our Sex education provision.
  • Challenging harmful myths about rape culture and gendered sexual pressures
  • Providing young people will an effective relationships and sex education programme

15.20 – 15.45pm: Networking

15.45pm: Finish

Soma Sara

Everyone’s Invited is an anti-rape movement organisation based in the United Kingdom, focused on exposing rape culture through “conversation, education and support.” It was founded in June 2020 by Soma Sara, and allows survivors of rape culture to share their stories through testimonies shared anonymously on their website and Instagram profile. Soma began sharing her personal experiences of rape culture via social media platform Instagram. In response, she received messages from people who could relate to her experiences and those who shared their own experiences of misogyny, harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault. Within a week, she had received and shared over 300 anonymous responses. She used this as grounds to launch Everyone’s Invited. Though no individuals are mentioned in the testimonies, schools are, including some of the most prestigious schools in England. There are currently over 51,000 testimonies that have been submitted to the website which has prompted an independent government review and permanent changes to Ofsted inspections, placing sexual harassment and abuse at its centre all due to the bravery of both Soma and those who have and continue to submit to the organisation.

Vanessa Bradbury

Vanessa joined the University of Bedfordshire in September 2019, working with the Contextual Safeguarding Team on two projects: Beyond Referrals 2, working with schools to identify the enablers and barriers to responding to harmful sexual behaviours in schools; and the National Scale-Up project, embedding Contextual Safeguarding in five Children’s Social Care services, developing responses to harm that happens beyond the family home.

An applied social researcher fully committed to exploring ethical and grounded approaches to systems change, uprooting the complexities involved at both an individual and collective level. Vanessa is particularly interested in understanding and responding to the social conditions in which harm occurs, including systemic inequities faced by certain groups.

David Smellie (Invited)

Outside of employment law, David advises leading independent schools and focuses on issues relating to staff, pupils and parents – from sensitive dismissals to pupil exclusions and parental complaints. David is also probably the most experienced safeguarding lawyer in the country. He founded the firm’s Child Protection Unit (now known as the Safeguarding Unit) in 2015 which advises organisations either working or coming into contact with children. These include schools, universities, charities, churches, visitor attractions, sports clubs and the medical sector. David advises on the full range of safeguarding issues, from creating safer systems to handling live cases and carrying out retrospective reviews. He is particularly well known for his role in advising on the Southbank International Vahey case where he led the Farrer team in conducting the Independent Review of Hugh Davies QC.

Ann Marie Christian

With over 25 years practitioner experience and 14 years of social work management, Ann Marie Christian is passionate about ensuring schools and organisations are embedded and fully absorbed in their ‘Duty to Safeguard’ and provide a preventative service to young people and their families. She specialises in Safeguarding Training & Consultancy and is passionate about Thresholds and Safeguarding. Anne Marie supports organisations with their vulnerable families that do not meet the child protection threshold by offering supervision, trouble shooting, training and consultancy. She has extensive experience in Safeguarding within Early Years, Youth Justice, Boarding Schools, International Schools and more.

Katie Spark & Ruth Eliot

School of Sexuality Education provides comprehensive and inclusive sex and relationships education workshops for UK secondary schools. We cover all topics, including porn, pleasure and periods: no subject is off-limits or taboo. Our approach is sex-positive, LGBTQIA+ inclusive and evidence-based. School of Sexuality Education is the 2018 Winner of the Pamela Sheridan Award for Innovation and Good Practice in RSE. To date, we have worked with over 35,000 young people across the UK. Our staff and advisory board comprise of young people, qualified teachers, medical professionals and academics, to ensure our sex education programmes are relevant to young people’s needs, and respond to the latest research around sexuality education.

Mary Sharpe

Mary is Chair and founder of pioneering educational charity The Reward Foundation- Love, Sex and the Internet. We’ve been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners to train professionals about the risks of excess use of pornography. We make the research about love relationships and the obstacles to intimacy, accessible to a wide public. We focus on the impact of internet pornography on mental and physical health, relationships, attainment and criminality particularly for adolescents who are the most vulnerable to a mental health disorders and addictions.

Dr. Gohar Khan

As Director of Ethos at an outstanding Trust in Oxfordshire, it is Gohar’s great privilege to get creative about nurturing ‘change makers’ of the future. In addition to teaching English Language and Literature, Gohar has responsibility for cultivating an ethos of ambition, resilience and leadership for the 2500 young people in her Trust. The most exciting aspect of her job is to foster an environment of growth, leadership and success at her all girls’ school, with a strongly feminist vision – and create an environment of positive and powerful masculinity at her partner boys’ school. The Trust’s Ethos provision includes student leadership, enrichment, opportunities for personal and academic growth, co-curricular provisions and well-being, to name a few important areas.

Elizabeth Rose

A safeguarding specialist and former Local Authority Safeguarding in Education Adviser with over 15 years of experience working with education and early years settings to drive forward practice and improve outcomes for children. Experienced in working with early years, schools, colleges and universities to improve safeguarding and child protection policy, procedures and practice. A trained Signs of Safety Practice Lead Liz’s most recent in-school role was as Designated Safeguarding Lead in a London secondary school. In addition to Education sector experience she has consulted businesses, charities and religious organisations to support exemplary safeguarding. Liz is a member of the Midlands Association of Safeguarding in Education, Child Protection in Education (CAPE) and the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AOCPP).

Phil Denton

Author of The First 100 Days with Micky Mellon. Phil is a Headteacher who began his career teaching history. He has spent the last three years meeting with Premier League managers, business leaders and education leaders to create a blueprint that offers the best chance of successful leadership, especially in those first 100 days! Phil has worked across schools in the North of England and Saudi Arabia. In addition, he is an experienced sports coach. His interest in football has also led him to scout for a Scottish Premier League club, Hearts of Midlothian, in his spare time. Phil’s professional interests include driving the aspirations of students. He has had several articles published in the SecEd magazine.