A conference will take place tomorrow on Saturday 1st December 2018 at the University of Bradford focusing on safeguarding students in supplementary schools.

Supplementary schools, more commonly known as complementary schools, make up a major part of the education sector and it is estimated that more than 10,000 children across the Bradford District attend these schools in the evenings and/or at weekends.

It is believed that 370 people are set to attend the conference which has been organised by Bradford Council’s school and community development team. It will bring together community and faith leaders as well as safe guarding professionals, to explore some of the challenges that supplementary school leaders face.

The conference will be opened by Councillor Adrian Farley, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for children and families. Distinguished keynote speakers at the event include Dr Anthony Thorpe, from the University of Roehampton, London, and Mustafa Field MBE, Director of Faith Forum for London. Workshops at the conference will focus on child protection, dealing with hate-related crimes, internet safety, and child sexual exploitation.

Councillor Adrian Farley, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for children and families, said:

“Supplementary schools play a significant role in the education of many children in our district. We want these schools to be the best they can be and we want to be sure that they are keeping children safe. This conference is about bringing community and faith leaders together, along with professionals and national experts. It will help us identify what works well in our supplementary schools and what the areas are where we can help them to improve.”