Safeguarding and supporting young people exposed to sexual harm

Article date
14 September 2016
Primary interest
Crime and Offending

Safeguarding and supporting young people exposed to sexual harm

Minimising risk and maximising support both on and off line

Wednesday 9 November St Hugh’s College, Oxford

This free conference, hosted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, in partnership with SAFE!, will be relevant to both organisations and individuals who support young victims of crime as well as those who currently commission or fund these services or are planning to in the future.

There will be key note speeches from the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, and Lorin LaFave of The Breck Foundation. With the help of young people, the conference will explore how we can safeguard children in a  limitless online world, some of the risks faced, and what support is needed if they are harmed.

Presentations and workshops will include:

  • Knowing when and how to invite a disclosure of child sexual abuse and responding appropriately when a disclosure comes unexpectedly. Dr Nadia Wager, Reader in Forensic Psychology at University of Huddersfield
  • ‘…but I am not a trauma therapist…’ – practical guidance and brand new resources based on protective behaviours and restorative approaches ‎to help any adult feel confident in supporting a young person in their care who has been sexually abused. Pete Wallis, Chair of Trustees of SAFE!
  • What is sexting? The law and how to respond, consulting young people to inform practice. Jo Brown, Anti-bullying coordinator and CEOP ambassador for Oxfordshire
  • Understanding children’s responses to trauma following sexual abuse. Dr Carmen Chan and the HORIZON team, Oxfordshire CAMHS
  • The parent’s perspective. Janice Nicholls, SAFE! Project Worker in collaboration with parents of young victims
  • Introducing new online resources designed with and for young people to counter cyber abuse and other online danger. SAFE!

Booking for the conference will open shortly but you can express your interest in attending now by emailing

Find out more about SAFE!

Sarah Morland

As RVA's Partnership Manager, I seek and develop cross-sector partnership opportunities, facilitating communications between the voluntary sector and statutory agencies. I give advice and support on: planning, developing and promoting services and measuring impact.