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Professional Curiosity and Disguised Compliance - The London District Safeguarding Conference 2021

We are delighted to confirm that the District Safeguarding Conference will be taking place on Saturday 13 March.


Current restrictions mean that the conference cannot take place in Methodist Central Hall, Westminster as usual; so this year we will be holding the conference via Zoom. 


The day opens at 10.00am with opportunity for networking and a prompt session start at 10.30am. Our theme this year is ‘Professional Curiosity’ with keynote speaker Marcus Erooga, an Independent Safeguarding Consultant. He is widely renowned for his work and research in child sexual abuse in organisations and is an expert witness for the IICSA investigation.


In the afternoon attendees will have the opportunity to participate in two workshops groups. Attendees are requested to prioritise their preference for attending the sessions when completing their booking. The first round of workshops will take place from 1.30pm - 2.15pm and the second round will commence at 2.30pm and finish at 3.15pm. Information on the workshops is detailed below:



Child Sexual Abuse : Led by Ingrid Yarde and Brian Smith.

This session aims to explore the following questions:

  • How children are vulnerable to abuse

  • What the grooming process looks like

  • What disguised compliance looks like in perpetrators

  • What factors raise professional curiosity

  • What actions should be taken


Vulnerable Adult Abuse : Led by Sandy Youngson and Malcolm Payne.

This session aims to explore the following questions:

  • How older generations are more vulnerable to abuse

  • What the grooming process look like

  • What disguised compliance looks like in perpetrators of abuse

  • What factors raise professional curiosity

  • What actions should be taken


Domestic Abuse : Led by Becky Skinner and Ann Pratt.

This session aims to explore the following questions:

  • Who may be more vulnerable to abuse

  • What the grooming process looks like

  • What disguised compliance looks like in perpetrators of abuse

  • What factors raise professional curiosity

  • What actions should be taken


Abuse by Physical Chastisement : Led by Grahame Snelling, Michaela Youngson and Rosalina Frazer.

This session aims to explore the following questions:

  • What the legal standing is on physical chastisement

  • What signs or actions indicate chastisement has gone beyond what is deemed legal

  • What factors raise professional curiosity

  • What disguised compliance looks like in parents/carers

  • What actions should be taken


Please note that registration for the conference closes at 11.30pm on Sunday 28 February. Once registration is closed, attendees will receive the Conference Pack by email, providing detailed information on each workshop, resources for the conference and log in details. 


If you have any questions or require assistance with booking your place, please contact Becky or Martha.


Click here to register.

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