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26 Nov
SACPA: virtual conference: peer-on-peer abuse, spotting the signs
26 Nov 2020 09:30 - 26 Nov 2020 16:30




SACPA Virtual Conference: peer-on-peer abuse, spotting the signs

26 November @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Peer-on-peer abuse is now recognised as a significant growth area of abuse suffered by young people. Included in KCSiE 2019 for England and Wales and in the specific sexual harassment guidance for schools, this is a topic professionals need to recognise and understand.

This is a particularly sensitive issue where both the victim and the perpetrator are in need of significant support. This event is suitable for any professional working with children and teenagers.

This one-day conference will be running virtually via Zoom. Joining details will be sent out to delegates 24-48hrs before the conference with clear instructions. The conference welcome starts at 09:30 and the conference close is at 16:30.


Topics include:

  • Children as abusers
  • When peer relationships go wrong
  • Spotting the signs
  • Supporting all parties
  • Responding to issues of peer-on-peer abuse.


  • Member rate: £175
  • Non-member rate: £350*
*If you would like to become a member and access discounted rates for Sacpa CPD and events, please click here.



Speaker: David Smellie, Partner and Head of the Safeguarding Unit, Farrer & Co

David leads Farrer & Co’s Safeguarding Unit. He has been heavily involved in advising clients on safeguarding matters over the last 15 years and, as such, he has witnessed the positive impact of regulatory change over the period. David led the Farrer & Co team which acted as Solicitors to the Independent Review by Hugh Davies QC into the criminal conduct of William Vahey in 2014. David has also acted as child protection governor at three schools, and is recognised as the UK’s top-ranked schools lawyer in Chambers UK.




Speaker: National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS)

National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS) is a national service that offers assessment, treatment, consultation and training for and about children and young people who have sexually abused others. We run NCATS in partnership with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

NCATS works with children and young people up to the age of 21. They may have emotional and behavioural disorders, developmental disorders, or learning disabilities. An NCATS team is multi-disciplinary, consisting of four social workers, a consultant clinical psychologist, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, and a systemic family therapist



Speaker: Dale Wilkins, Child protection specialist
Dale is a child protection specialist, with over 30 years’ experience working in the education sector. He is currently the Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training for the Boarding Schools’ Association, is accredited by the NSPCC, having completed their ‘Training for trainers in child protection’ and his work includes liaising with government bodies on behalf of the sector as well as delivering child protection CPD to schools. Dale has also been a multi-agency safeguarding trainer for Dudley Safeguarding Children Board.



Virtual conference