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“Be Seen, Be Heard”

Freedom from Abuse and Leigh Day are proud to present “Be Seen, Be Heard”: a conference focusing on children and young people’s experiences of abuse and the environmental conditions and personal coping strategies that can best promote resilience and recovery.

Thursday 18 March 2021
10:00 - 12:30
London

Introduction

Freedom from Abuse and Leigh Day are proud to present “Be Seen, Be Heard”: a conference focusing on children and young people’s experiences of abuse and the environmental conditions and personal coping strategies that can best promote resilience and recovery.

At this time of unprecedented challenges for many children and young people, we are delighted to be hearing from many speakers with direct experience of adverse childhood events, whose stories provide a beacon of hope as to the possibility of achieving positive post-traumatic outcomes, and who will share with us their perspectives on what can be done to support young people to move forward with life after adversity.

In the past year in particular, the Black Lives Matter movement has highlighted the urgent and overwhelming need for societal change to achieve racial equality and full human rights for people of colour. We are particularly pleased to welcome a diverse range of contributors, who can speak as to the interplay between race and the experience of childhood trauma, the assumptions, barriers and ceilings that need to be broken to enable young Black people to live lives free from abuse.

We hope that this will be a valuable event for young people, those who care for or work with young people and others who wish their practice to be “trauma-informed”.

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Agenda

10:00 am Marilyn Hawes provides brief story and aims of Freedom from Abuse.

10:05 am Alison Millar welcome note and the importance of conference discussion.

10:10 am Nazir Afzal OBE (Key note speaker) provides insight into gangs, road boys and the culture of Child Sexual Exploitation.

10:40 am Rhiannon from Marie Collins Foundation, provides insight into the victims’ voice of child sexual abuse online.

10:55 am Chenelle Shury speaks about the lived experience of life in the care system, concerns and survival.

11:10 am Nikki Adebiyi shares her journey from surviving to thriving as a social entrepreneur in spite of lived experience of childhood adversity and school exclusion.

11:25 am Boy Man Kite film trailer by Stephen Endelman (musical film composer and patron to Freedom from Abuse), shares his message of hope and speaks out against abuse, reiterating this conference sentiments that “There is no shame”.

11:40 am Rachel Fairhurst and Irena Campbell (both Trauma therapists) share their lived experiences of adverse childhood and processing trauma.

12:00 pm Q&A – David Neita and Jennifer McDermott.

12:20 pm Marilyn Hawes’ closing remarks.

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Alison Millar
Abuse claims

Alison Millar

Alison Millar works in the human rights department at Leigh Day, where she is the Head of Abuse claims