Safe Young Lives: National Practice Development Day 2018

In 2018 we made some changes to our national conference. We wanted to focus on children and young people, providing practical & hands-on activities to ensure it was as useful and informative as possible.

We know that at the time they start school at least one child in every classroom across the country will have lived with domestic abuse since the day they were born. They will have known nothing else, yet over 40% are not known to children's services. At our Leeds event we explored how we can improve the response for victims, children and whole families experiencing domestic abuse.  Attendees took part in a national security style exercise created alongside survivors where a young person is at risk and explore new solutions to help make them safe and engage with experts in the field. 

Our exciting line up of speakers for the day included:

  • Suzanne Jacob OBE, Chief Executive of SafeLives
  • Helen Bonnick, social worker and expert on adolescent to parent abuse. Author of the blog 'Holes in the Wall'
  • Chris Mullane, Grants Development Manager at Buttle Trust, offering up to £2000 grants for children and young people suffering from the emotional harm caused by domestic abuse
  • SafeLives Pioneers (experts by lived experience of domestic abuse)
  • David Challen, campaigner fighting for the appeal and release of his mother, Sally Challen
  • Ceri Fowler, Public Health Wales on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)