Glimpse: Predators in Positions of Trust


Belfast | Birmingham | London | Glasgow 

Building contemporary knowledge for all safeguarding professionals and volunteers: teachers, social workers, welfare officers, police, prosecutors and lawyers representing survivors of abuse.

At this years event we examine how predators infiltrate positions of trust in order to gain access to vulnerable children and hide in public view.

Learning Outcomes

A heightened awareness and understanding of:

  • • A survivors experience.
  • • Policy, practice and risk management.
  • • Effective and responsible leadership.
  • • Criminal justice versus safeguarding outcomes.
  • • Vetting and ongoing scrutiny.
Important Notice: This event uses clips of real perpetrators speaking about their experiences of abusing children. Some individuals may find this upsetting. Please consider this carefully before booking.

Event Speakers


Karen Leach

A Dream Destroyed and Lives Shattered

A qualified Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Family Systems Therapist and Choice Theory Facilitator. As a child Karen
was a talented swimmer with Olympic aspirations who suffered devastating abuse at the hands of her coach. Since the publication of her story in the book Deep Deception Karen has been speaking out and advocating on behalf of children and young people. She is working to create a greater level of awareness and to encourage safer spaces for children and young people in sport.


Tom Simmons QPM

Keeping Children Safer in Sport & Other Youth Activities

A former Senior Detective in the MPS, NCS, SOCA and CEOP, Tom specialised in complex child abuse investigations, including offences facilitated by technology.  During his service in CEOP’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) he focused on offenders, their behaviour and triggers for abuse.  He has acted as a child safeguarding officer for a sports organisation, has reviewed  a number of child safeguarding investigations and conducted independent suitability and risk assessments.  He is a American Polygraph Association certified polygraph examiner having trained at the College of Policing at Bramshill. Tom’s distinguished service as a detective was recognised by by the Queen in 2013 when he was awarded the QPM.


Hugh Davies OBE QC

Vetting, Aftercare and Critical Review

A leading QC, Hugh is considered by many to be the UK’s foremost child protection and safeguarding legal advocate.  He has extensive experience in professional conduct investigations and internal disciplinary proceedings and until December 2015 was part of the legal team for the Independent Child Abuse Inquiry.  He has carried out a number of independent reviews and is the Head of the Bar Human Rights Committee Child Rights Unit.


Jim Gamble QPM

Leadership in Safeguarding: Reflection on Reviews

A former Chief police officer and founding Chief Executive of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. Jim is currently the CEO of the INEQE group of specialist safeguarding companies and the Independent chair of the City and Hackney safeguarding children Board; the first in the UK to be judged outstanding by Ofsted. A strong advocate of a child centric and contextualised approach to safeguarding the young and vulnerable, he is unequivocal in his commitment to professional curiosity and challenge.


Sean O’Neill, Chief Reporter, The Times

The Role of the Media; The Good,the Bad and the Ugly

Sean is Chief Reporter of The Times and the former Crime & Security Editor of the newspaper. During his twelve years at the paper he has covered numerous major events involving child sex abuse including the aftermath of the Savile expose, Operation YewTree and Operation Midland and the challenges faced by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.  He has also written about terrorism, policing, major crimes and the politics of the criminal justice system. He is co-author of ‘The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza and the Finsbury Park Mosque’.


Dr Graham Hill

Offenders who Occupy Positions of Trust

Graham is a Consultant Criminologist, former senior police officer and experienced SIO.  He was the founding Head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU) and has been an advisor, behavioural analyst or SIO on some of the UK’s most notorious child abuse/murder investigations.  His research interests include the behaviour of male and female child sex offenders, interviewing child sex offenders and non-familial child abduction/murder. His work focuses on how research can inform and enhance investigative practice.

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“Thank you for the brilliant day. All speakers were refreshing, engaging with useful content to take to the work place.” Local Authority


“Very interesting inputs that gave a glimpse into the complex issues of navigating the online digital world in a positive way, given potential risks to children and young people.” Police 


“Very informative and thought provoking. It helps to take time to reflect on these important issues and how we can apply research and knowledge in our work to safeguard young people.” Family Works NI 


“I expected the content to be difficult but the context and delivery made this easy. This helped me to be open to the thinking and knowledge.” Health & Social Care Trust 

97% of the delegates said that they will be able to apply the knowledge they learned

96.8% of delegate

94% of delegates said they would recommend the conference

94% of delegate

98% of delegates agreed that the quality of speakers was good

98% of delegate

94% of delegates said that the conference met their expectations

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