Safeguarding Conference: Safeguarding across the Lifespan

Date(s) - Saturday, 7th November, 2015
9:15 am - 2:00 pm

Canterbury, St. Mary Bredin


“Safeguarding Across the Lifespan”

Workshops this year will offer delegates a choice to hear and learn from experts on Safeguarding issues in older people, or on Migrant Children and Families in two seminars run by specialists in these fields.

Seminar 1. Safeguarding issues in older people – Reinhard Guss  Psychologist

Reinhard writes: Physical Health difficulties and Loneliness increasing vulnerability. Coping with later life is hard work emotionally and requires resilience and advanced coping skills to maintain good mental health. Depression and Anxiety are more frequent in older people than in younger age groups, yet mental health support is less developed. Vulnerability and mental health difficulties are greater for people with a Dementia. How a person will cope depends on many factors, including the environment, their relationships, their personality, attachment styles, pervious life experience, as well as the nature of their cognitive disability.

I will spend some time exploring these issues of later life with the participants and think with them about safeguarding issues and how they might be addressed.

Seminar 2: Migrant Children and Families, led by a Marion Seymour from Kent Safeguarding Board Training Department

Marion will look at the needs of migrant families and children entering the country during this time of crisis. She will examine the safeguarding issues relevant to all of us surrounding these individuals and families.

What would be very good to also have is a snapshot from you or a colleague of about 15 minutes with questions about the current position of unaccompanied children coming in and out of Kent at this point and the issues faced by KCC and indeed the children.

Additionally there will be a short presentation by a senior practitioner from Kent County Council about the challenges unaccompanied minors are facing in our county and Judith Rigby one of our Diocesan trainers will be bringing safeguarding in our parishes alive in a practical, interactive session during the morning.  We will end the morning with an opportunity to ask questions.

This will be an interactive morning and of interest to both new and experienced workers and clergy.

There is no parking at the church. If you are a Disabled Badge holder you need to notify us and we will arrange for a space for you. Doors open for registration and refreshments at 8.45 and the morning begins at 9.15am sharp. Lunch will be served at 1.15pm for all participants. Please notify us of any dietary requirements.


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