Sheffield Safeguarding Awareness Week

Sheffield Safeguarding Awareness Week – learn more about different aspects of Exploitation

Safeguarding Adults Week 16th – 20th November 2020


Programme of Events


The theme of this years Safeguarding Week is ‘Exploitation’ and we have some interesting and informative sessions planned which cover both Children and Adult Safeguarding.

The sessions will be delivered virtually via Zoom and Skype. Places are limited so please book early. Once your place has been confirmed, you will be sent, via email the relevant link to the platform being used.

The sessions have been separated into Adults and Children. However many of the sessions do overlap, so please take a look and chose the sessions you would like to attend.

Details of how to book are included below, with each session.

We look forward to seeing you.

Adult Safeguarding Sessions


Monday 16th November 2020:

Ø  Trading Standards– Sarah Poulson- 11am – 12 noon

Exploitation by Rogue Traders

This session is to raise awareness of exploitation by rogue traders and discuss recent successful court cases.

To book on this session please contact: [email protected]

Tuesday 17th November 2020- Virtual Conference Day:


o   Session One

9.30am – 11am Steve Bagley/ Kay- National Working Party- Exploitation

o   Session Two

11.15- 12.30- South Yorkshire Police- Emma Bloodworth- County Lines, Child Exploitation and Missing Children

o   Session Three

1pm- 2.15 – Shabnum Amin/ Angelique Choplin- Doncaster- Safeguarding Adult Review Adult K. Transitions and Sexual Exploitation and Modern Slavery

To book on these session please indicate which ones you would like and contact: [email protected]

Wednesday 18th November 2020:


Ø  South Yorkshire Police- Dave Grubb- 1.30 – 2.45

Modern Slavery


To book on these session please indicate which ones you would like and contact: [email protected]


Thursday 19th November 2020-


Ø  Community Safety– Simon Mitchell – 10.30 – 11.30

Organised Crime, Cuckooing and Child Criminal Exploitation and Safeguarding.

The session will be looking at what is meant by organised crime and what is happening in Sheffield. It will also look at the exploitation and safeguarding of children and adults at risk.

To book on this session please contact: [email protected]

Ø  Jane Fidler- Sexual Exploitation Project– Sheffield 2.30- 3.30

Sexual Exploitation Project- Sheffield


To book on this session please contact: [email protected]

Friday 20th November 2020- South Yorkshire Police


Ø  Fraud- The Secret Crime

Fraud is a worldwide problem, victims from all walks of life. The session will look at the various types of fraud, emerging threats, existing themes, how offenders operate and advice on reducing the risk of becoming a victim. The session will also look at Cyber-crime and internet abuse.

Session 1 – 9.15-12.30

Session 2 – 1.30 – 4.30

To book a place on this session please book via:



Children Safeguarding Sessions

Ø  Monday 16 November 2020, 2.00pm-3.30pm – The Amber Project – Practitioner Briefing Session – Louise Bower, Assistant Service Manager, MAST and Emma Peebles, Assistant Service Manager, MAST

This masterclass will brief professionals to raise awareness of child exploitation, to introduce the Sheffield Exploitation screening tool, and to understand the Amber Project referral processes and provision available.  The training package for the Amber Project Ambassadors scheme will be promoted, and the Amber Project webpages highlighted.

By the end of the briefing session, professionals will know what exploitation is, what to do about it in Sheffield, and how to get more training and guidance.

Book a place on this session here


Ø  Wednesday 18 November 2020, 11.00am-12.15pm – Role of Practitioners in Contextual Safeguarding Locations – Julie Hague, SCSP Licensing Project Manager

This masterclass will consider how Covid19 has impacted on local businesses and their contact with children and young people.  It will give an update on contextual safeguarding with regard to locations where children and young people might be, including virtual ones, e.g. online gambling.

Book a place on this session here


Ø  Wednesday 18 November 2020, 2.00pm-3.00pm – Contextual Safeguarding Strategy – Kevin Stevens, Service Manager, Amber Project

Exploitation and abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults through contextual safeguarding is not new, but we know that the traditional responses and child protection system is inadequate and inappropriate for safeguarding those whose experience of exploitation and abuse is extra-familial.

Children and young people are vulnerable in different ways, at different ages, they may be vulnerable to exploitation including sexual, physical and emotional abuse in different contexts; exploitation by criminal gangs and organised crime groups; trafficking; online abuse; and the influences of extremism leading to radicalisation.

This presents a challenge to all partner agencies and requires a system change to better safeguard this group of children and young people and to support front-line staff to implement new approaches.  It requires effective partnership with services that are not traditionally linked to child protection, including housing, community safety and environmental services.  A Contextual Safeguarding Strategy has been developed.  It sets out our collaborative arrangements to ensure that preventative and protective mechanisms are safeguarding young people from harm, and for supporting victims.

This masterclass will provide an understanding of:

  1. Contextual Safeguarding Risks – Primary and Secondary presenting issues
  2. Who the strategy is for
  3. How the strategy will make a difference.
  4. What’s in the strategy
  5. The 4 P approach
  6. The action plan

Book a place on this session here



Thursday 19 November 2020, 12.00pm-2.00pm – Safeguarding and Online Safety – Sue Finnigan, Online Safety Consultant, Sheffield City Council

This masterclass will provide an update of developments in safeguarding children and young people online and will include:-

  • Current trends in online social media environments
  • Risky behaviour
  • Feedback from children and young people in Sheffield
  • Online resources available to practitioners
  • How exploitation in all its forms occurs online and how we can engage young people meaningfully in preventative education on these topics.

Book a place on this session here