10am – 11.30pm (keynote speakers)
12pm – 4pm (workshops)
ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE:
Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) recognises that during the Covid-19 pandemic the safeguarding of children, staff, and volunteers within faith institutions remains a priority for everyone.
In light of the current situation as a result of the Coronavirus, SFI is working with faith institutions and out-of-school settings to reduce the risk of contracting and spreading of the virus to children, young people, staff, volunteers and their families.
All parents, voluntary, community, and faith organisations need to understand the possible impact of Covid-19 on their child’s learning and well-being, as well as their safeguarding responsibilities to help keep children and young people safe from abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, extremism and radicalisation.
We have seen from recent high-profile inquiries the immense and long-lasting damage caused when abuse is perpetrated by someone in a community or faith-related role.
Faith-based groups and out-of-school settings play a major role in the lives of many children and young people. It is estimated that more than 10,000 children are in these environments on a daily basis after school or at weekends.
The conference will bring together faith institutions, voluntary, community and faith leaders, volunteers, tutors and parents to explore many areas including: some of the current Covid-19 challenges; safeguarding children and young people; developing effective organisations, and identifying what is helping and what is hindering their work; lessons learnt on individual journeys of improvement; what more is needed to be done to keeping children safe.
-Nick Donaldson. Head of Faith Charities Engagement. Charity Commission for England and Wales.
-Justin Humphreys, CEO (Safeguarding) at Thirtyone:eight
-Shelley Marsh, Executive Director of Reshet
-Imam Qari Asim, Head Imam at Makkah Mosque Leeds