Safeguarding Adults Week! Grooming and Exploitation: Opening Eyes and Minds Conference

Where is it?

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham City Centre,

When is it?

Thursday, 18th November, 2021

Grooming and Exploitation: Opening Eyes and Minds Conference

As part of Safeguarding Adults Week 2021, we are delighted to host our annual Safeguarding Adults Conference. This year, the Ann Craft Trust are collaborating with Small Steps , Operation Repeat and Daphne Franks who leads the campaign Justice for Joan, to bring you a unique training opportunity which seeks to raise awareness of how adult grooming can be experienced across the life course.


The event will include a keynote session, breakout sessions and the opportunity to share best practice and ask questions.

Explore our Opening Eyes and Minds: Grooming and Exploitation Conference programme. 


The conference will explore forms of grooming and exploitation that adults are increasingly at risk from, but in many sectors are rarely discussed.

  • You will go away feeling more confident about spotting the signs of adult grooming and how to make referrals.
  • You will feel more confident about having difficult conversations to facilitate early intervention should you suspect someone is at risk of adult grooming.
  • You will develop a greater understanding of how adults could become at risk from grooming and exploitation.
  • You will learn how organisations and practitioners can adapt their practice to safeguard and support adults at risk of grooming and exploitation.

The conference will contribute to continued professional development for professionals and volunteers working with adults at risk across a range of sectors. Delegates will be provided with certification to document their attendance at the conference.

Our Speakers

Professor Todd Landman is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham and will be chairing this event. Alongside his role as Pro-Vice Chancellor, Todd is Executive Director of the Rights Lab, where he is involved in carrying out research on ending modern slavery. Todd’s current work on modern slavery includes engagement with organisations such as the Cabinet Office, the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Daphne Franks is our keynote speaker and has recently appeared in The Guardian discussing her work to change marriage laws in England which would reduce the risk of predatory marriage.  Daphne set up the campaign ‘Justice for Joan’, after her Mum became a victim of predatory marriage at the age of 91. Daphne is currently working with the Ann Craft Trust and the University of Nottingham as part of the research project ‘My Marriage My Choice’. The research aims to raise awareness of predatory marriage and is lobbying to change the law so that marriage no longer automatically invalidates a pre-existing will.

Small Steps is an organisation run by former members of far-right organisations who have rejected violence and far-right narratives. They are now committed to exposing and eradicating far-right extremism in the UK.

Operation Repeat works in partnership with Community Police teams and Trading Standards to raise awareness of Doorstep Crime and Scam offences to members of the public who are at risk of becoming, or are already targets, of criminals who trade in this manner.

Who Can Attend the Conference? 

This conference is for anyone wanting to learn more about adult grooming.

Anyone could be at risk of grooming and exploitation regardless of their age, characteristics and personal circumstances. Therefore, it is vital that all organisations and individuals are aware of how to spot the signs and how to respond. Safeguarding is everyone’s business.

People working in safeguarding, police personnel, health and social care, religious organisations, the third sector, sport and activity and the private sector would all benefit from this event. The conference is suitable for those already in a safeguarding role alongside those with no prior knowledge of grooming and exploitation.

If you are unsure if the event is right for you, please get in touch with our friendly team to find out more!

The Venue 

The Conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham. There is free parking available for delegates at the hotel. The hotel is a ten-minute walk from Nottingham railway station and approximately three-minute walk from the ‘Centre Royal’ Tram Stop.

Address: Crowne Plaza, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5RH, United Kingdom

Covid-19 Safety

We are currently planning to hold this event face to face. The hotel has enhanced cleaning policy during this time and does operate under the IGH Clean Promise.

We are encouraging delegates to wear face coverings in the hotel when moving between rooms. Hand sanitising facilities will be available and tables will be cleaned regularly by hotel staff. We have a large conference room and will be operating the event at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing. Seating will be decreased on each cabaret table. We will also have the tables more spaced out across the room.

We encourage delegates to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before attending the event. If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms prior to the event, please arrange a PCR test and notify the Ann Craft Trust that you will be unable to attend. If possible, you can arrange for another member of staff to attend in your place.

We will alter the format of the event and put additional measures in place in line with government guidance should things change in November.


The event is £175 per delegate. This includes refreshments, lunch, car parking at the venue and access to all sessions on the programme.

Cancellation Policy:  If you notify us within 28 days of the course start that you cannot attend, you will not be charged. If you provide less than 28 days notice or do not attend on the day,  you will be charged the full course fee. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to nominate a colleague from your organisation, emailing  their name and email address 48 hours before the start of the event to 

Should the format of the event change e.g. if we are required to move the event online, we will amend the cost to reflect this.

Book your place!

Bookings are now closed for this event.

However, we may still have some limited places. So if you’d like to attend, please get in touch.

You can specify dietary and accessibility requirements in the “leave a message” box on our contact form.