How safe? conference 2019

Last updated: 08 Oct 2019

Growing up online 2.0

25-26 June 2019

QEII Centre, Westminster, London

Our annual How safe are our children? conference provides child protection professionals with the opportunity to debate, question and share insights about the latest strategies, policies and programmes to prevent child abuse and protect children.

2019 – Growing up online 2.0

In 2019 we returned to the topic of child online safety. Delegates attended two days of lively debates, practical workshops and keynote presentations exploring the most up-to-date and relevant topics in child safety online. We also launched our How safe are our children? 2019 report, the most comprehensive overview of child protection in the UK.

Keynote speeches at the 2019 conference included:

  • An opening presentation from founder of the Molly Rose Foundation Ian Russell, who spoke about the influence of pro-suicide and self harm content on social media, and how the Foundation is putting pressure on companies like Instagram to get this content removed.
  • Ofcom Chief executive Sharon White’s talk on research with children, young people and their parents regarding online safety concerns for different demographics.
  • An update from Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP on the Online Harms White Paper consultation and the government’s plans for online safety policy updates for the forthcoming year.
  • Secretary of State for Education Rt Hon Damian Hinds MP, closed day two by highlighting findings from the recent TALIS survey and launching new government guidance Teaching online safety in school.

The event also saw the launch of our How safe are our children? 2019 report, an overview of data on child abuse online.

Read How safe are our children? 2019 report