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Sajid Javid to speak at ARU policing conference

Published: 14 April 2022 at 14:52

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PIER22 conference to focus on child protection and multi-agency safeguarding

The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, will be amongst the speakers at a major policing conference at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in June, which will focus on child protection and child abuse in the UK.

Hosted by ARU’s Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), the PIER22 conference will be held online and will feature presentations and inputs from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), the National Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, the Victims’ Commissioner, and leading academics working within the area of violence against women and girls.

PIER is a research institute within ARU and its team of academics lead world-class research to improve policing practice.  Now in its fifth year, the PIER conference provides an opportunity for practitioners, policy makers, academics, and subject matter experts to come together to look at how multi-agency responses can be improved.

Confirmed speakers at PIER22 include the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) lead for Violence Against Women and Girls, DCC Maggie Blyth, and the NPCC Lead for Child Protection, DCC Ian Critchley.

Chair of PIER and former NPCC Lead for Child Protection, Simon Bailey QPM, said:

“This year will see IICSA, the CARE review and national reviews into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson report on their findings.  This is a critical moment in the way that statutory services respond to child protection. This year’s conference will focus upon these inquiries and the likely impact they are going to have on frontline professionals.

“Policing has become far more open to the learning and knowledge that comes from applied research and our work to date has had a major impact on key operational areas. 

“Our conference provides a chance to focus on these major opportunities for positive collaboration, whilst considering the lessons we can learn from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the National Safeguarding Review Panel.”


PIER22 will take place virtually on 14 and 15 June. Booking is available online.