Learn through lived experience – Child exploitation conference

Join with colleagues from across the country to learn from parents with lived experience of child sexual and criminal exploitation. Improve how you safeguard children at risk of exploitation, share barriers you are facing and develop creative responses you can apply in your role. This will be a safe learning environment where you can learn from parents and your peers how to support families affected by child exploitation from risk through to recovery.

Timings and location

Monday, 18th March 2024, 9.30 – 4.30pm
St Thomas’s Centre, Manchester, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ


£45 per person (plus booking fee)

Payment by invoice is available, please email training@ivisontrust.org.uk to arrange.

Learning Objectives

    • Understand how to apply contextual safeguarding in practice
    • Learn how to support the additional needs of exploited neurodivergent children
    • Understand the importance of promoting a trauma informed approach
    • Learn how to use creative approaches to tackle barriers in policy and process


Dr Anita Franklin
Anita has a background in children’s social work and policy, and her research has mainly focused on disabled children’s voice, rights, participation and protection. Anita has contributed unique insight into the abuses and protection of children and young people with SEND ensuring that their voices and experiences inform the development of policy and practice in this area. Her work has highlighted specific risks to exploitation and abuse of young people with learning disabilities, and neuro-diverse young people, and sought to explore appropriate multi-agency responses.

Parents with lived experience
Parents with lived experience of child exploitation will host workshops throughout the day with specific focuses in the following areas:

  • SEND, neurodiversity and education
  • Intersectionality
  • Trauma-informed practice
  • Transitional safeguarding
  • Barriers with current safeguarding processes

Peer to peer support
There will be opportunities throughout the day to hear from, and connect with agencies and colleagues across the country who are using different approaches to safeguarding children at risk.

Book your place