How Safe 2021 conference

Last updated: 03 Jun 2020 Topics: Event Type: Event

The How Safe 2020 conference was scheduled to take place on 25-26 June 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure the safety of all our delegates, speakers, exhibitors, staff and contributors, we have taken the decision to postpone until next year.

We have confirmed a new date – Thursday 4 and Friday 5 March 2021, and hope you can join us then for How Safe 2021.

Tickets previously purchased for 2020 will be valid for the 2021 conference. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Safeguarding childhood together

4-5 March 2021
QEII Centre, Westminster, London​​

At next year’s two-day conference, you’ll hear about the latest in safeguarding and child protection to help you support young people at every stage of childhood from early years, right through to adolescence. Key areas of focus include child and adolescent mental health, online safety and preventing abuse in families facing additional pressures.

We’ll be bringing together delegates from a wide range of sectors - from education, voluntary, charity and health sectors to local authorities. You’ll have a chance to engage with thought leaders and innovators from various professions, including academic professionals, government officials and front-line practitioners.

Every child has the right to grow up safely. Together we can make that happen and create safer environments.

Discounted early bird tickets (ends December)

Both days: Thursday 4 March and Friday 5 March 2021 - £319 £269
One day: Thursday 4 March 2021 - £269 £219

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Got a question? Call us on 0116 234 7246 or email


The conference will be taking place at QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE.

Full details on location, travel information, accommodation and accessibility can be found on the QEII Centre website


Conference speakers include:

  • Isabelle Trowler, England’s Chief Social Worker for Children and Families
  • Marian Brandon, Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Research on Children and Families at the University of East Anglia
  • Lianna McDonald, Executive Director at Canadian Centre for Child Protection
  • Clarissa Smith, Professor of Sexual Cultures at the University of Sunderland
  • Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice and Research in Practice for Adults

You can also download the conference agenda (PDF) for a breakdown of what to expect on both days.

From childhood through till adolescence, children and young people have the right to be protected. Different forms of abuse can have significant consequences and long-lasting impacts on children and their future development. It’s up to us to keep childhood safe from abuse by preventing it from happening. 

Help us put a stop to child abuse by joining us at our annual How safe are our children? conference.

Why you should attend our conference

  • Gain a wealth of knowledge around different safeguarding topics and obtain a wider skillset to use in your role and practices.
  • Hear a wide range of speakers share their expertise on safeguarding through motivating presentations, lively debates and practical workshops.
  • Listen to real-life stories from children to understand their views on the importance of adults and professionals who are there to protect them.
  • Network and share practices with delegates in our breakout sessions and group-based discussions.
  • Put your training budget to good use - take advantage of one or two-day tickets and significant early bird savings.

Book now

Two days: £319 £269
Day one only: £269 £219

Get your early bird tickets


If you have any questions about previously purchased tickets for How Safe 2020 or 2021 please contact us at

View conference agenda

See information about keynote speakers, panels and workshops at the conference.

> Download the agenda (PDF)

Related resources

> Read our latest How safe are our children? 2019 report

> Listen to our short episode about key findings from the How safe? 2019 report