2018 SAFEGUARDING SYMPOSIUM

Posted on 20/07/2018 in Acrobatic

2018 SAFEGUARDING SYMPOSIUM

When the alarm bell goes off…

Do we always hear it?
Where were the warning signals? 
Were we expecting it?

You may not have seen anything, but this is the challenge when working with children and young people.

Why do they not speak up?
Why don’t they come forward?
What is stopping them?
 
This year’s Safeguarding Symposium addresses these questions from all angles through actors playing out real-life scenarios and talks from specialists working in safeguarding in sport, cyber security and PVG legislation.

We will take you on a journey during the day, with key themes: peer-on-peer abuse, trips away, how to support athletes in crisis, mental health, PVG and online safety, giving you a story to work through as you would a case. Just when you think you have uncovered the facts and know how you would proceed, you’ll be thrown a curveball. Sound familiar? New information will come to light throughout the day, and you’ll have to start re-assessing, just as you might during an investigation. 

The symposium is designed for safeguarding officers, head coaches, and club leaders to help with the challenges in your role and allow you to tap into the expertise of our speakers on counselling, online crime and safeguarding:

Pamela Finch, Owner at Compass Coaching & Consultancy
Pamela trains and speaks on a range of topics but has particular expertise in safeguarding, mental fitness and youth participation. Each time Pamela shares her message she invests herself unreservedly for one single purpose: to help.

Dr Natalie Coull, Head of Cyber Security, School of Design and Informatics, Abertay University
Natalie teaches foundational programming and computer security to undergraduate students and is actively engaged in outreach. She is one of a team exploring the role of computer games in cyber security training to develop a new way to help the police deal with cybercrime.

They will be joined for an open forum by safeguarding tutors Ross McGuire, Alison McFarlane, Fiona Ashton Jones and David Walker who bring their experience delivering wide-ranging safeguarding in sport training for clubs, groups and governing bodies to discuss topics raised by you.

This symposium builds on the success of 2017 which was brought to life by actors Suit and Pace, take on a challenging subjects, using sketches, and storytelling with a hint of comedy.

We are inviting head coaches and club leaders as well as safeguarding officers to take part on Sunday 9 September 2018 at the Stirling Court Hotel. 

Invitations have been emailed to safeguarding officers and club secretaries. Please help us by replying to let us know if you can come along or if you can’t make it. We also want you to submit your topics for the forum.

> Agenda for the day

We think you’ll find the symposium really useful. But don’t take our word for it – here’s what some of last year’s attendees said:

“Scenarios were interesting, realistic and having them acted out made it easier to understand.”

“All very good with lots of tips and hints. Time went in very quickly. These types of sessions would be good for coaches too.”

"Thanks for all of this. It was such a beneficial course, and I’m finding that the information available to safeguarding officers is getting better and better as the months progress.”

“Keep up the good work, and we’ll do the same!”

Our speakers: 

Pamela Finch
Owner, Compass Coaching & Consultancy
Pamela trains and speaks on a range of topics but has particular expertise in safeguarding, mental fitness and youth participation. Each time Pamela shares her message she invests herself unreservedly for one single purpose: to help.
A dynamic public speaker and training facilitator she uses her experience working with children and young people in outdoor education, sport, care and child protection to develop experiential workshops which engage, entertain and empower audience members to tackle old issues from a fresh perspective.  Pamela also speaks from personal experience on trauma recovery.  She believes in supporting groups, teams and individuals to develop through igniting leadership, action and resilience from within and is skilfully adept at inviting audience self-reflection during events and her style of delivery cannot fail to bring the audience along on the journey.  Attendees will leave any engagement with Pamela feeling more confident, motivated and ready to tackle the next challenge head on.  
Pamela is also a member of the Children 1st Safeguarding in Sport team and, in addition, delivers freelance training on behalf of a number of national organisations.'

Dr Natalie Coull
Head of Cyber Security, School of Design and Informatics, Abertay University
Natalie teaches foundational programming and computer security to undergraduate students and is actively engaged in outreach, including promoting female participation in cyber security. 
Natalie is interested in exploring the role of computer games in cyber security training. In collaboration with Droman Crime Solutions Ltd, a leading strategic consultancy company in security and public safety, and Hyper Luminal, a serious games company, together with Dr Iain Donald, a games expert at Abertay, the team is developing a new kind of training environment to help the police deal with cybercrime.

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