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Countering Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 2021

Countering Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 2021

Thursday February 25, 2021


According to the Office for National Statistics, reports from organisations such as the NSPCC and UNICEF indicate a rise in calls to helplines and highlight the increased risk to children of abuse during the lockdown. 79% of 12-15-year olds have had potential harmful online experience in the previous 12 months. 

The number of Childline counselling sessions about child sexual abuse within the family rose from an average of 8 sessions per week before the pandemic restriction were imposed to an average of 23 per week since March 2020. 

Countering Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 2021 will give attendees both policy and practice insights into how to identify, prevent and tackle child sexual exploitation. The event will focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted both the scale of CSE and the ability of organisations to carry out their safeguarding role. 

Attendees will gain a comprehensive insight into current and future challenges and practical solutions from key organisations from across a variety of sectors including police, education, local government, healthcare, and charities.

Agenda and Learning Outcomes*

  • Assess updates on identifying and preventing child sexual exploitation in education
  • Explore approaches to tackling social isolation and the risk of child sexual abuse during and after the coronavirus pandemic
  • Learn more about The National Child Sexual Exploitation Action Plan: Developing new ways of working for the police to target offenders and protect children
  • Evaluate the techniques of supporting frontline healthcare staff to fight against child sexual exploitation through a CSE Named Nurse Team
  • Understand the methods of implementing a contextual safeguarding framework to strengthen the safeguarding response to vulnerable children and young people
  • Determine methods of helping children who have been victims of abuse to rehabilitate


Countering Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 2021 brings together Government and the wider public sector, academia, industry and senior leaders from across the children services industry to hear the latest policy updates across the sector and address the challenges facing the sector in these unprecedented times.

Additional Information

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*Agenda subject to change.

Thursday, 25 February 2021