Crossing the Divide – Conference 11 October 2017

Working with children & young adults is very rewarding, but it has it’s challenges.

Straddling both child protection law and vulnerable adults guidance makes working with young people with vulnerabilities, difficult.

This 1 day conference on the 11 October 2017 will  help you better understand your role and how you can protect young people from abuse.

Join us for a day of learning at the KCOM Stadium in Hull and explore those issues which impact children and young adults the most.

The day will be a mix of talks, workshops and will finish with a panel of experts ready to take your questions.

Crossing the Divide is suitable for anyone working with teens and young people within a university, further education, youth outreach and youth sports.

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All places include:

  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • Free car parking
  • Choice of  workshop
  • Networking with fellow professionals

What’s happening on the day

09.00 Coffee and Meet your fellow delegates

09.30 Welcome from your host Kate Young

09.45 Key Note Speaker – Zoe Loderick

10.45 Speaker – Claire Crowther

11.15 Break

11.30 Workshops

Choose from: Teen Mental Health/Gender Identity for young          adults/Vulnerable Adults/Navigating a Safeguarding Investigation

12.30 Lunch (we’re providing the food)

13.30 Invisible

14.30 Break

14.45 Workshops

As in the morning

16:00 Q & A with speakers, workshop hosts and guests

16.45 Close

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I am very pleased to share with you our Key Note Speaker

Key Note Speaker – Zoe Lodrick MSc,BA Hons (1st), UKCP

Zoe will be talking about how perpetrators become perpetrators. Her talk is fascinating and a must hear for anyone working with young people or in that sector.

Zoe is a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist and an experienced Trainer and Consultant.  She has over 22 years experience of providing psychotherapy to women and men who have experienced rape, sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse; and providing training and consultation to professionals who work with victims/survivors of sexualised traumas (whether therapeutically or within the criminal justice system).

Zoe is generally recognised as having specialist knowledge/expertise with regard to human behaviour/response when faced with a perceived threat (especially sexual threat).

Clare Crowther

Clare will be talking about how our unconscious biases impact our decision making. This is a really important consideration whenyou work with older teens and vulnerable young people.

Clare is a highly experienced Business Programme, Project and Change Management consultant.





Altass-Cheshire will be running a session on the mental health issues facing teens and young adults. You’ll learn the signs and understand the steps you need to take.


Marsh McLeod will be running a workshop on gender identity issues young people face.



Ben Palmer from Michael Lewin Solicitors will be helping you to navigate your way through a Safeguarding Investigation. This is a must for anyone with responsilbity for safeguarding.



Special guests 

Footlights UK will be showing their brilliant play ‘Invisible’. This play brings home the realities of CSE for teenagers. Following the performance delegates will have an opportunity to talk to the characters about their experiences.

‘Invisible’ is a professional production about Child Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Abuse. The story is based on true life experiences.

The play follows two central characters Josh and Marnie who find themselves somehow connected to an abusive relationship.

After a rocky childhood with her mother and stepfather, Marnie finds herself falling for a man much older than herself. He has everything she ever dreamt of, money, power and what’s more he adores her.

Josh is having a really hard time at school, his mates are smoking weed and Josh is finding it hard to be accepted, he finds solace in his new best friend.

As an audience we observe the emotional and physical journey each character takes as they try to set themselves or others free. ‘Invisible’ also highlights other issues such as sexual and domestic abuse, depression and peer pressure.

Whilst these themes are embedded, there is hope, as we observe the characters learn how to deal and cope with their circumstances.


Expert Panel Q & A

As well as our guest speakers, I am also thrilled to share with you one of our other panel members

Paul Milne, Head of Safeguarding at Liverpool Football Club 

Paul has a wealth of safeguarding experience across a variety of sports. He’ll be able to answer your questions on safeguarding in sports.

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t: 01482 426412 or 07502907157



There are also opportunities to showcase your organisation or setting by becoming a sponsor. Email Kate at to find out more information and get involved.