National LADO Conference 2017 – The Workshops

It has now been effectively 10 years since the creation of the LADO role and this year’s conference offers us the chance to celebrate, reflect on our impact and look at where we go next.

This year’s conference will include a mix of speakers and workshops sourced from the statutory, voluntary and private sectors to provide a stimulating programme of direct relevance to LADO work. We also hope to bring the voice of those potentially impacted by the work of LADOs as well as an update from our new national LADO network formed following last year’s Conference.

More details and register here.

1: BASW/The Social Workers Union:

Supporting Social Workers where allegations are made against them. A BASW perspective

Exploring the impact of allegations on workers and how they can be supported.

The issues LADOs might need to bear in mind in ensuring that people that have allegations made against them are adequately supported.

This workshop will be led by Dr Ruth Allen.

Dr Ruth Allen became Chief Executive of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in April 2016. Previously to that she was Director of Social Work at South West London & St Georges’ Mental Health NHS Trust.

She chairs the Social Care Strategic Network for Mental Health and is the co-developer and facilitator for the Excellence in Social Work Leadership programme and the Social Work for Better Mental Health professional and organisational development programme.

Dr Allen holds a Master’s degree in Social Work, with distinction, from the University of Sussex and a Professional Doctorate in Education, also awarded by the University of Sussex.



2: NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit:

Young Leaders in Sport in Positions of Trust: Safeguarding Considerations

Exploring the issues arising when young people take on positions of trust, the potential difficulties and best practice.

This workshop will be led by Nick Slinn and Jude Toasland

Nick Slinn
Senior Consultant England

Nick Slinn

Nick joined the CPSU in 2002. Nick has worked within the NSPCC since 1990, specialising in work with sexual offenders and child victims of abuse in a frontline service. Nick’s area of responsibility is supporting county sport partnerships in developing their safeguarding work.

Prior to working with the CPSU Nick worked as a qualified social worker.

Jude Toasland
Senior Consultant England

Jude Toasland

Jude joined the CPSU in 2009. She has worked for the NSPCC since 2000, both in Training and Consultancy and in managing direct services for children and young people. Jude is a qualified social worker.

Jude’s work involves providing support to sports National Governing Bodies, supporting them in their safeguarding work. This role involves consultation, training and liaision with sports organisations, government departments and other sports bodies.



3: Ofsted:

Ofsted – working with Local Authorities

A workshop exploring the different ways that Ofsted interacts with local authority designated officers.

This workshop will be led by:

Anne Gair 
Anne is the Principal Officer for Safeguarding and has a broad responsibility for supporting Ofsted to deliver its safeguarding policy.

Anne Gair

James McNeillie 
James is a Senior HMI in Education for the West Midlands and helps to coordinate inspection across the region.

James McNeillie

Joanne Hutton 
Joanne is the complaints manager for the schools remit at ARC (Applications, Regulatory and Contact Team) in Nottingham.

Joanne Hutton

Thomas Smith 

Thomas works on a range of social care policy issues at Ofsted and was formerly a teacher.

Thomas Smith



4: Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS):

Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief: Professional Perspectives

Exploring the emerging picture of child abuse linked to faith or belief and the findings from recent ground-breaking research undertaken by CCPAS, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Victoria Climbie Foundation. The findings highlight the differences in understanding of this form of abuse and associated practice responses by a variety of distinct professional groups (including social workers, police, counsellors, teachers and church-based workers).

This workshop will be led by Justin Humphreys.


Justin Humphreys MSc., BSc.(Hons), DipCPP is Executive Director (Safeguarding) at The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS); the first and only independent Christian safeguarding charity in the UK established in 1977.
His career to date has spanned over 25 years working in a variety of youth work, social work and related settings in both the statutory and voluntary sector, predominantly focused on children, young people and their families. He is currently the Chair of the Christian Forum for Safeguarding (a UK-wide, inter-denominational body of safeguarding professionals), Independent Chair of the Diocese of Bristol Safeguarding Steering Group and a member of the National Working Group on Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief. He is also Visiting Fellow at the National Centre for Post-qualifying Social Work & Professional Practice at Bournemouth University, focusing on safeguarding in faith-based contexts.

Justin’s research interests to date have included Safer Recruitment Practices in the Christian Church, Safeguarding Adults with the Christian Community, Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief and Spiritual Abuse in the Christian Community. He is also author of the government guidance for the wider children’s workforce – ‘Recruiting safely: helping keep children and young people safe’ (CWDC, 2009).
Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with honours) in Social Work Studies, a Master of Science degree in Child Protection & Strategic Management and a Diploma in Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy.