Safeguarding 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic our 2020 conference is cancelled.

This conference aims to bring together representatives from government, NGOs, practitioners and researchers to collaborate, innovate, and celebrate emerging knowledge and practice relating to all aspects of Safeguarding children and individuals ‘at risk’.

Participating in SAFEGUARDING 2020 is an opportunity to step away from your day-to-day work and reflect on the rapidly changing contexts of child an adult services.. It will help you navigate major changes in politics as well as the operational and financial challenges facing the sector.

It’s also a chance to share your experiences with colleagues from across the sector, and to learn from others about how they tackle common issues in policy, governance, volunteering, funding, digital transformation, diversity and inclusion.

Gathering together at an international conference such as this presents us with many opportunities to deepen understanding, build new knowledge, and contribute to policies and practices that respond to our most pressing safeguarding concerns.

The conference will welcome as plenary speakers international experts at the nexus of policy, practice and research. We will introduce the speakers progressively over the coming months.

Keeping up to date with the evolving threats to children, young people and adults “at risk” is vital for the successful delivery of services and the continued support of communities – making this conference a must-attend!

The Conference is open to the public, voluntary and private sectors as well as to the wider international development community.

Join us

Join your peers from academia, health and social care, local and central government, housing, and the charity and community sectors to at Safeguarding 2020.

The conference runs over two days and the beautiful city of Neuchatel provides many opportunities to relax, unwind and enjoy the superb facilities including  and numerous outdoor pursuits.

You will have the opportunity to: 

  • Explore policy updates around tackling sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector. 
  • Gain insights into progress made by policymakers and practitioners to strengthen approaches to safeguarding. 
  • Learn how to develop an effective safeguarding policy for staff, volunteers and beneficiaries. 
  • Discuss lessons learned by organisations at the forefront of pioneering new approaches to safeguarding. 
  • Network with sector leaders and practitioners to facilitate a collective response to safeguarding challenges.

The conference invites academic scholars and practice professional to share their insights across a broad range of safeguarding related themes including (but not limited to):

  • safeguarding legislation
  • safeguarding reforms
  • multi-agency cooperation
  • responsibilities and accountability in safeguarding practice
  • contextual safeguarding
  • digital safeguarding
  • peer on peer abuse
  • mental capacity 
  • modern slavery and trafficking
  • risk in the digital era
  • children and adults at risk
  • domestic violence and abuse
  • radicalization risk & response
  • making safeguarding personal

Keynote Speakers

Speakers to be confirmed.

Submission of Abstract / Outlines

Please submit a 200 word abstract/outline of your proposed presentation to the conference. You will have the opportunity to submit full presentations prior to the event. Following the conference, accepted submissions will be published in the conference proceedings (with ISBN).

Abstract submission by the 14th of February 2020.

Please submit your abstract below:


Conference Registration includes: Participation in all sessions, conference materials, refreshment breaks, lunch and conference proceedings.

Please note: Accommodation is not included in conference registration.

Registration fees:

Early bird registration (received on or before March 1st 2020) CHF 390.00

Full Conference registration fee (received after March 1st, 2020) CHF  485.00

One Day Registration (received on or before March 1st 2020 CHF 200.00

One Day Registration (received after March 1st 2020 CHF 250.00

Student registration CHF 150.00

Further details regarding registration, including registration forms, will be available in January 2020. You can email the conference team at any time:

Accommodation in Neuchatel: We advise you to book your accommodation early and it is also advised to book city center accommodation. Neuchatel city is small, convenient, and walkable. No need for additional transport it you book central.