Book now for 2018 'From Discovery to Recovery' Conference

March 07, 2018

Marie Collins Foundation has announced that booking is now open for its fourth International London Conference: From Discovery to Recovery.

This annual event has gone from strength to strength and provides a unique opportunity for professionals across education, academia, social services, health, police and criminal justice, as well as charities working in child sexual abuse, to come together and share experience, knowledge and best practice.

Thanks to the generous support of MCF partner BT, the conference will take place at the BT Centre, followed by a second day of interactive workshops in the inspirational setting of the BT Tower, both in central London. The dates are Wednesday, 20th June (conference) from 9am-4pm, and Thursday, 21st June (workshops) from 9.30am-3.45pm. Delegate rates are: £60.00 per delegate for two days, £40 for one day; Registered Charities and Non-Governmental Organisations £30 per delegate for two days, £20 for one day. All costs are VAT-free and lunch and refreshments are included. The opening address is due to be given by Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability and Minister for Women.

The conference speaker line-up will include: Chief Constable Simon Bailey, National Policing Lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigation; Professor Tink Palmer, CEO of Marie Collins Foundation; Julian Ashworth, Global Director Industry Policy, BT; Will Gardner, CEO of Childnet; leading psychologist Julia Von Weiler; Davina McDonald, Senor Campaign Manager, RICU; Fred Langford, Deputy CEO, Internet Watch Foundation. Professor Emma Bond and Professor Andy Phippen are aiming to reveal the results of new research into sexting in schools.

Those hosting workshops on Day 2 will include: Dr Sharon Cooper, CEO of Development and Forensic Paediatrics; and Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft, together with colleagues, who will pose the question: Is there a place for civility in our digital future? Additional speakers and presenters will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Last year, 88% of the delegates who completed post-conference evaluation rated it as excellent while a further 11% rated it as very good. Comments from delegates included: “Speakers were fantastic, very interesting and the personal testimonies were extremely touching”; “I have learned so much from every speaker”; “A very good, well planned and thought-out agenda”; “Brilliant event, so much useful stuff for someone new to working in the CSE area”;

Delegate places must be booked online via

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