Standing together against violence and exploitation
Front line practitioners and leads from across the county met this week to attend the East Berkshire against violence and exploitation conference.
More than 250 professionals attended the conference at Slough’s Copthorne Hotel on Wednesday 22 November.
The conference gave attendees the opportunity to gain insight into various complex and sensitive issues, including coercive control, child sexual exploitation, the impact of gangs and female genital mutilation.
A range of speakers, all experts in their fields; brought together the best of research and practice to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of current safeguarding challenges, sharing good practice which they can pass on to colleagues in their workplaces and organisations.
The room heard powerful messages from survivors who bravely shared their experiences throughout the day.
By the end of the conference attendees had learned the skills required to recognise the signs of exploitation, respond appropriately to the needs of service users and refer people using the appropriate local and/or national pathways.
Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “This conference has provided practitioners from all over the county with an invaluable opportunity to further their knowledge and understanding of a series of difficult issues that affect people, not only in Slough, but across the entire country.
“The brave survivors who shared their stories have ensured we gain a greater understanding of their experiences, providing us with the insight needed to make sure we offer victims the level of support they deserve and need.”
Debbie Hartrick, Associate Director, Safeguarding for East Berks Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It’s been a privilege working with such a highly skilled and committed group across East Berkshire. Nothing has been too big or small a task to ensure this conference could be brought to a wide variety of professionals. Attendees will be able to take learnings back to their organisations and keep driving forward high quality services and interventions.”
The East Berkshire against violence and exploitation conference was organised and delivered by representatives from East Berkshire CCG, Slough Borough Council, TVP Slough, Berkshire Health Foundation Trust, Frimley Health Foundation Trust, Slough Employability, DASH, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and Bracknell Forest Council and funded by the Bracknell and Ascot; Slough; and Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead Clinical Commissioning Groups.