Last week, Sara and Jack attended the Safeguarding Children with Autism Conference in London, and Lisa and Jen were at the Welsh PRU conference in Cardiff.
At the event, Jon Brown of the NSPCC and Dr Margaret DeJong of Great Ormond Street Hospital were speaking, among other notable attendees. It was a free one day seminar held by The National Autistic Society, who are well known for providing useful and informative conferences aimed at spreading good practice throughout both the public and private sectors.
While there, Sara and Jack ran into our old friend, Robyn Steward. As always, her talk was both memorable and inspirational. If you have never seen her speak, check out our You Tube channel – she regularly features in our videos. She’s also a regular speaker at our Autism Awareness evenings.
Some of the topics covered at the conference included; ‘distinguishing between the signs of abuse and behaviours that children with autism often display’, ‘approaches to talking about abuse’ and ‘educating children with autism about sex and safety’.
Many of the delegates certainly emerged from the seminars looking introspective and thoughtful – a sure sign that they had picked up something useful they could share with peers on their return to their usual work place.
As always, the Axcis stand was busy and lots of people talked to us about how we help to find staff for lots of special schools and about our partnership with the National Autistic Society.
Over in Cardiff, Lisa and Jen attended the PRU conference
The conference was based on the LNF framework (that’s literacy and numeracy framework for the uninitiated). Pupil referral unit employees were invited from all over Wales, and although a smaller event (around 40 delegates), it was great to see people given the chance to discuss issues and current events with others from a similar working background.
Professor Ken Reid OBE delivered a seminar which was excellent – but Lisa and Jen didn’t get chance to meet him, as his attention was in such high demand!
Thanks go out to the team at Canolfan Yr Afon and in Particular Headteacher Ian Roberts who gave us the details of the event. Thanks also to Richard Roberts and Ann Lancett for their hospitality.
Axcis are always proud to be in attendance at such events, so if you know of similar things going on near you, don’t hesitate to let us know, and if we can be there, we will be there!