Well how do I begin to summarise today?
Thank you to Ellie from Ferngate for her poem.
We started the day with our first keynote speaker Superintendent Steve Barron who spoke about Operation Sanctuary, the importance of looking at the wider vulnerabilities, links to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking as well as how the night-time economy has a role to play in ensuring our young people are safe when they are sometimes at their most vulnerable.
Steve also specifically highlighted the issues experienced by those 16 to 18 yrs old and their transition in to adult services as well as seeing clearly the complexity of survival sex.
We heard next from Johnathan Baggaley, CEO of PSHE Association. Really bringing home the reality of our 5 yrs. olds today being in education until 2030, and how will the world look like for them then, how do we prepare them, assist them to be more resilient. Johnathan highlighted the importance of a good quality, all encompassing message of building life skills to manage critical moments in time.
We will share his message through the network over the next few weeks.
Lunch was an opportunity not only to refuel on some very nice food but also to visit all the exhibitors and catch up with colleagues and partners from across the UK
The day was filled with 28 workshops covering a wide range of issues and learning opportunities.
The evening saw our Unsung Hero Awards, so many of you deserve an award.
Every person nominated is acknowledged and informed they have been nominated. We include all names nominated on the night and celebrate their achievements, but we can only award a few and tonight it is the turn of:
- Kyran Peet from The Children’s Society
- Nicole Odafe from ECPAT UK
- YMCA WiSE Project YMCA DownsLink Group
- Child Sexual Exploitation Team, Kent Police
- Emma Linton, Solihull MBC: CSE
- Samantha Keith, Newcastle City Council
And our special award Dr Mike Hartill from Edge Hill University
All so well deserving.
The Awards Ceremony was followed by dancing, laughing, making friends and relaxing and letting our hair down for an evening.
We look forward to another full and productive day tomorrow…..
Sheila Taylor MBE