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Havering schools debate how to safeguard children from gangs and sexual exploitation

PUBLISHED: 15:42 08 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 08 May 2017

The Safeguarding Conference at Coopers Company and Coborn School.  Larissa Pople from The Children's Society, Junior Smart from the St Giles Trust, Sherry Behan, organiser Lynne Sexton and Sarbjit Kaur Athwal author of

The Safeguarding Conference at Coopers Company and Coborn School. Larissa Pople from The Children's Society, Junior Smart from the St Giles Trust, Sherry Behan, organiser Lynne Sexton and Sarbjit Kaur Athwal author of "Shamed"

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A number of professionals and experts delivered a range of talks around safeguarding children from issues like gang violence at a secondary school conference last week.

The Safeguarding Conference at Coopers Company and Coborn School. Junior Smart from the St Giles TrustThe Safeguarding Conference at Coopers Company and Coborn School. Junior Smart from the St Giles Trust

The Havering Behaviour and Attendance Partnership (HBAP) group’s safeguarding conference, at Coopers’ Company and Coborn School, in St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, aimed to help schools to tackle issues affecting children by collaborating together.

The conference saw speakers talk on a range of subjects such as child sexual exploitation, gangs, mental health, FGM, honour based violence and forced marriage.

The deputy headteacher at Redden Court School, and a former student at Coopers’, Lynne Sexton organised Thursday’s event and explained why it is important for schools to share practices when it comes to protecting children.

“I started the behaviour and attendance partnership three years ago when I first came to Havering. This group brings all pastoral care professionals together from every senior school in the borough.

The Safeguarding Conference at Coopers Company and Coborn School. Larissa Pople from The Children's SocietyThe Safeguarding Conference at Coopers Company and Coborn School. Larissa Pople from The Children's Society

“Last week I held the first safeguarding conference in Havering. I am delighted at how many people attended and how well the conference went.

“The feedback has been so positive and the speakers were truly fantastic.

“It is key that safeguarding is central to all that we do in schools; and I truly believe that by sharing good practice we can improve the lives of the students in our borough.”

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