Half-day training event

Pornography in the mainstream – Understanding the implications of easily accessible, explicit online content and its effects on the sexual culture of our Children and Young People

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OVERVIEWAGENDASPEAKERSREGISTER TO ATTENDVENUE
OUTLINE
One of the main driving forces behind the growing sexting epidemic is the ease with which young people can access increasingly explicit and extreme online images and videos through a growing plethora of new media platforms.

This constant barrage of graphic sexualised imagery can have a harmful impact on the sexual development of our children and young people, influencing their view of relationships and the opposite sex. For professionals responsible for the guardianship and protection of the next generation, it is imperative that these social trends are understood and collaborative approaches are established to tackle the inevitable fallout.

Following on from our successful Generation Sext conference in April, it was evident there was a strong need for a training event that addressed these specific issues in more depth.

This half day training event will explore:

  • How our culture is shaped by such content
  • The impact this has on our children and young people
  • How best to give our children and young people the space to open up and communicate
  • Best practice and guidance to move forward
  • How we can incorporate best practice into our workplace

FEATURING

JOANNA BARRETT, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland
LINDA THOMPSON, National Development Co-ordinator – Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Women’s Support Project
KATHRYN DAWSON, Sexual Violence Prevention Co-ordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland
LYNDA DARGIE, Learning & Development Officer, Fife Violence Against Women Partnership
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Representatives from Schools and Local Authorities – Education and Social Work, Health, Police, Voluntary and Community groups including:

  • Teachers and School Guidance Professionals
  • Child Protection Officers
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Child Health Professionals (including Mental Health and Sexual Health professionals)
  • Community Groups/Youth Workers
  • Foster/Adoption Agencies
  • Children and Young People-focussed Third Sector Organisations
AGENDA

09:00-09:30
Registration and morning refreshments

09:30-09:35
Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

09:35-10:10
Pornography – from the margins to the mainstream
Linda Thompson, National Development Co-ordinator – Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Women’s Support Project

10:10-10:35
Sharing your experiences – how much do you know?
Break into groups to share your experiences on the following:

  • How much are you informed?
  • Where are our children and young people accessing this content?
  • Whose responsibility is it to educate them?
  • What would you like to see change to help you with your job in guiding children and young people in this area?

10:35-10:50
Questions to Linda and feedback from group discussion sessions

10:50-11:10
Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

11:10-11:40
Creating spaces to learn from our children and young people
Kathryn Dawson, Sexual Violence Prevention Co-ordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland

11:40-12:10
Rabbit in the headlights? – where do we go from here?
Lynda Dargie, Learning & Development Officer, Fife Violence Against Women Partnership

12:10-12:35
Sharing your experiences – taking what you have heard into the workplace
Break into groups to share your experiences on the following:

  • What have you learned today?
  • What would you like to see change?
  • How will you make that happen and how can we help?

12:35-12:50
Questions to Lynda & Kathryn and feedback from group sessions

12:50-13:00
Closing remarks

SPEAKERS
Joanna Barrett
Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland
Joanna Barrett has been NSPCC Policy and Public Affairs Manager in Scotland for the last five years, and has led on the development of NSPCC Scotland’s policy activity on issues like infant mental health, preventing child maltreatment and online safety. Previous to this, she worked in policy and influencing roles for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the National Autistic Society.


Women's Support Project
Linda Thompson, National Development Co-ordinator – Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Women’s Support Project
Linda is originally from Northern Ireland where she worked in the community and statutory sectors. as a health promotion and personal development peer educator working across Belfast before co-ordinating transnational projects using innovative approaches with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. She then managed multidisciplinary teams in an award winning sexual health and relationship project and also sat on the Board of sexual health, youth employment and support projects.

In Scotland Linda has been involved in HIV health promotion programmes with gay and bisexual men, developing new approaches to education, campaigning and support work.In her current post, she focuses on sexual exploitation and gender inequality through public education, capacity building and strategic work.

She is mother to 2 fantastic girls who keep her busy and in her spare time volunteers in her community with groups supporting parents and children.


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Kathryn Dawson, Sexual Violence Prevention Co-ordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland
Kathryn Dawson is the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator for Rape Crisis Scotland. Her role is to coordinate the national prevention programme delivered locally by 13 Rape Crisis centres in Scotland using an evidence-based educational resource pack addressing key issues such as consent, sexualisation and understanding how some forms of sexual violence take place through the use of social media.

Kathryn also works closely with partner agencies and contributes to the Scottish Government Primary Prevention group for the Violence against Women and Girls strategy Equally Safe. She is qualified with an MSc in Community Education and her previous experience includes support work with survivors of sexual violence and domestic abuse and sexual health groupwork with young people.


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Lynda Dargie, Learning & Development Officer, Fife Violence Against Women Partnership
Lynda is a former police officer who was part of the first joint police/social work Domestic Violence Unit in Scotland where she specialised in investigating and reporting disclosures of domestic abuse and sexual offences. She left the police and, after a career break, attended the University of Edinburgh qualifying as a Primary Teacher, teaching across all stages in primary education. Lynda’s interest in social justice and gender, combined with her previous experience working with victims and survivors of abuse, led her to her current role developing and delivering training and educational programmes in schools and the community around violence against women.


Registration for this event has now closed.

STANDARD RATES

Private sector rate
(Commercial organisations – Ltd, plc, LLP etc)


Public sector rate
(Schools, Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, NHS, police, universities and colleges etc.)


Third sector rate
(Charities, voluntary and community groups, tenant and patient groups, professional bodies, trade unions etc)


VENUE
The Academy
Wheatley House
150 Ingram Street
Glasgow
G1 1EJ

www.wheatley-group.com/the-academy/

MAP

DIRECTIONS
By Rail, Glasgow Queen St & Glasgow Central Stations.
Approximately 5 minutes walk.

By Air, Glasgow Airport.
Approximately 20 minutes away.

By car,
See google map above.