09:00 – 09:05

Chair’s Opening Remarks

John Pitts

Chaired by Professor John Pitts

Professor of Socio-Legal Studies and Director of the Vauxhall Centre for the Study of Crime, University of Bedfordshire

09:05 – 09:20

Keynote: The National Picture

  • Understanding the latest changes to county lines operating models
  • Learnings from effective strategies being used across the country
  • Effectively using the existing legislation to close lines and safeguard victims
Live Q & A
09:20 – 09:25

Dan Mitchell

Detective Chief Inspector, Specialist Crime North, Op Orochi & Op Yamata, Metropolitan Police Service

09:20 – 10:00

Panel discussion: Developing A Multi-Agency Approach to Tackle County Lines

  • Assigning clear roles and responsibilities, and ensuring accountability across jurisdictions
  • Improving communication, information sharing and best practice to identify and support vulnerable children and young adults
  • Improving UK-wide collaboration to prevent the exploitation of legal differences between nations
  • Raising awareness and understanding to improve identification and interventions
  • Exploring how to overcome a client’s reluctance to engage with multiple support services by sharing expertise, training and case-by-case support
Jon Gardner

Jon Gardner

HM Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Probation

Sharon Maciver

National Lead – Serious Organised Crime Intervention Service, Action for Children


Justine Currell

Executive Director, Unseen

Amanda Radley

Child Exploitation SME Operation Defiant, British Transport Police

10:00– 10:15

The Impact of Cuckooing on Local Areas

  • Understanding the different methods used to target victims and cuckoo residences
  • Successful measures to protect vulnerable tenants
  • Implementing early interventions and identifying cuckooed tenancies
Live Q & A
10:15 – 10:20

Rachel Welbourn

Successful Tenancies Team Leader, Grand Union Housing Group

10:20 – 10:45

Networking break

10:45 – 11:05

Technology and Social Media: Tackling Evolving Threats

  • Learning to respond to the evolving online harms and threats
  • Understanding how to counteract the use of social media by criminal gangs
Live Q & A
11:00 – 11:05
Joe Calouri

Joe Caluori

Head of Research and Policy, Crest Advisory

11:05 – 11:45

Panel discussion: Engagement, Building Trust and Providing Support

  • Importance of having the right people, in the right place, at the right time to capitalise on teachable moments and deliver effective interventions
  • Providing exit strategies that resonate with the victim either through lived experience, grass roots organisations, gender or race specific support
  • Utilising referral pathways and effective use of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
  • The role and importance of schools in both intervention and awareness
  • Identifying factors that make an individual more likely to targeted, groomed, and exploited
Evan Jones

Evan Jones

Head of CCE Development, St Giles

Lennox Rodgers

Lennox Rodgers

Co-founder and CEO, Refocus Project


Jon Needham

Director of Safeguarding, Oasis Community Learning Multi-Academy Trust

Rachel Speechley

Team Leader, Safer Relationships for Exploited Children (SAFE), Cambridgeshire County Council

11:45 – 11:55


11:55 – 12:10

Supporting young women affected by gangs and county lines

  • Identifying and supporting at risk young women and girls
  • Understanding the benefits of a Solution Focused Practice
Live Q & A
12:10 – 12:15

Jocelyn Yeboah-Newton

Head of Participation and Safeguarding, Abianda

12:15 – 12:55

Panel Discussion: Safeguarding Children and Young Adults

  • Contextual and transitional safeguarding to reach and support children and young adults in a wide range of settings
  • Shifting mindsets and challenging stereotypes to ensure every victim is recognised and receives the right support
  • Exploring the victim/perpetrator continuum and changing the perception of exploited children
  • Ensuring action is taken to actively promote the welfare, and not criminalise, of the children
  • Safeguarding in education and children missing education: from primary schools to universities

Jahnine Davis

Co-Founder and Director, Listen Up

Dale Wilkins

Senior Director of Safeguarding, Professional Development and Accreditation, Sacpa and BSA Group

James Simmonds-Read

James Simmonds-Read

National Manager, Prevention Programme, The Children’s Society


Kenny Gibson

Deputy Director, NHS Safeguarding

12:55 – 13:00

Chair closing remarks

Conference close

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