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Webinar: professional abuse in schools – trends and implications for practice

13th October 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

It is essential that those who hold responsibility for protecting children in schools and / or as case managers are aware of the broad range of behaviours that fall under the umbrella of an ‘allegation of abuse against staff’. It is also crucial that they understand the arrangements that they should have in place to minimise the risk of children being harmed in their care.

This webinar looks at the learning from recent known cases of professional abuse and the IICSA inquiry, and begins to consider what schools can do to minimise the risk of inappropriate or harmful conduct by staff towards pupils.

Audience: DSLs, DDSLs, senior leadership team, designated governors, HR.

Training aims: To provide delegates with an overview of recent developments in our understanding of professional abuse in education settings.

Outcomes: Delegates will be able to:

  • Describe the range of behaviours that constitute ‘professional abuse’
  • Identify some of the recurring themes identified in known cases
  • Explain how robust policies and practice can minimise the risk of children being harmed by a member of staff.


  • Member rate: £50
  • Non-member rate: £100*
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Webinar host: Carolyn Eyre, Independent Consultant & member of the Safer Recruitment Consortium
Carolyn Eyre is an independent safeguarding consultant, working with schools, multi-academy trusts, FE colleges, local authorities and LSCPs across England. She worked in the Local Education Authority safeguarding arena for many years, first in Education Welfare services before becoming Child Protection co-ordinator and then Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing for the authority – combining also the roles of Senior Allegations Manager and Safer Recruitment lead officer – for a large local authority.

As a member of the Safer Recruitment Consortium (NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, CAPE and NASS) Carolyn is responsible for updating and reviewing the national Safer Recruitment training. She is the only independent consultant invited to be a part of the Safer Recruitment Consortium and developed the updated Guidance for Safe Working Practice for education professionals which was published in May 2019 in consultation with the DfE.

Carolyn is a member of the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP) and has an MA Professional Training & Development complemented by a Certificate in social work with children, BEd (Hons) Professional Education, NSPCC post-graduate Certificate of Competence and NEBOSH certificate in Occupational Health & Safety. She is currently the Chair of Trustees of a small early years provider, having previously served for 18 years as a school governor, and is also a trustee for the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen).


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13th October 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Virtual – Zoom
United Kingdom


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