Child sexual abuse conference
The Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) is holding a two-day conference for professionals in a bid to tackle the issue of child sexual abuse.
The conference will be held on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November 2017 at Dunston Hall Hotel and will be for practitioners, managers and front line staff to give them the confidence, knowledge and skills to respond appropriately when a report of abuse is made to them.
The Monday will focus on the signs and symptoms of child sexual abuse, the impact on children and how we respond to it.
Tuesday will look at understanding the impact of childhood sexual abuse on adults and developing an appropriate professional response.
The conference will include a number of speakers including Norfolk Police’s Chief Constable Simon Bailey and NSCB Chair David Ashcroft.
As well as presentations and workshops on both days, each delegate will receive a copy of a new booklet, which has been recently launched by the NSCB and Norwich City Football Club and Community Sports Foundation. It was designed to raise awareness of child sexual abuse by explaining what it is, the common signs, how people can report their concerns as well as what resources and support are available.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Coller from Norfolk Police said: “In response to a number of Serious Case Reviews, the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board has developed a multi-agency Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Strategy.
“One of our priorities is to raise awareness of CSA so we have designed a booklet that explains what it is, the signs you need to look out for, how you can report your concerns as well as what resources and support are available.
“We are delighted that Norwich City and the Community Sports Foundation have agreed to support this initiative and look forward to working with them to prevent, protect and effectively safeguard children and young people from CSA in Norfolk.”
NCFC's Managing Director Steve Stone commented: “We are very happy to support the booklet produced by the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board.
“The booklet provides invaluable support information and advice to help everybody in Norfolk work together to tackle and safeguard against child sexual abuse.
“We’re very aware of our strong responsibility to the community we represent as a family football club - and the work the NSCB are doing will help not only the various agencies tackling child sex abuse but also potentially those whose lives have been affected by it.”