Safer Beginnings Conference for healthcare professionals and educators


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Breakout sessions

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Thank you for joining the live stream of the Safer Beginnings Conference for Healthcare Professionals and Educators.

Improving maternal outcomes, and addressing the safety of women and their babies, is one of the most important challenges facing maternity systems today.

There is a great need for care to be trauma-informed – assessing every person as potentially carrying trauma and ensuring that their needs are understood. Trauma-informed care can help prevent violence and harm, and ensure the physical and emotional safety of pregnant women and birthing people.

Through the Safer Beginnings programme 18 delivery partners have co-produced new resources on the impact of violence, trauma and harm in maternity. These resources support healthcare professionals and women in their care, to increase their knowledge, to access support, and to advocate for themselves.

Purpose of the Conference

Increasing healthcare professionals’ knowledge about the ways in which violence and harm can show up in maternity.

New resources for HCPs and parents created through the Safer Beginnings programme will be shared to aid HCPs to both reduce the impact and incidence of harm and trauma, and to support the women and birthing people in their care to have greater self-agency in their own maternal safety.


  • HCP’s feel enabled to deliver safer maternity care with an increased understanding of supporting those who have or are experiencing violence and harm.
  • HCP’s feel that they have access to digital tools for safer maternity care that are culturally appropriate.
  • HCP’s have a better understanding of how to support their own and their service user’s emotional safety.


Safer Beginnings Conference for Service Users and Charities

10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome and Housekeeping
MC – Fiona Small, Young Mums Support Network

10:10 – 10:20 | Connection Activity
Dr Emma Svanberg, Clinical Psychologist

10:20 – 10:35 | Introduction of Safer Beginnings
Kay King, Movement Director, White Ribbon Alliance

10:35 – 10:55 | Domestic Abuse Panel
Sundas Khalid, Association of South Asian Midwives, Panel host
Fiona Small
, Young Mums Support Network
Ged Docherty
, For Baby’s Sake
Abeda Ahmad
, Approachable Parenting

10:55 – 11:00 | Break Out Session Instructions
MC – Fiona Small
, Young Mums Support Network

11:00 – 11:20 | Break

Breakout sessions


11:20 – 12:05 | Free from Harm
Amity Reed
, White Ribbon Alliance
Amy Sinacola, Point of Care Foundation

12:15 – 13:00 | Emotional Safety Plan
Ged Docherty
, For Baby’s Sake

E-learning modules – All4Maternity
Anna Byrom
, All4Maternity


11:20 – 11:40 | Baby Buddy and Safer Beginnings films

13:00 – 13:45 | Lunch

13:45 – 14:00 | FGM/FGC
Joy Clarke, Specialist FGM Midwife
Valerie Lolomari
, Lived Experience Guest

14:00 – 14:20 | Reflecting on Birth Trauma, Perinatal Violence and Prevention of Harm
Amanda Smith, Panel host
Dr Catherine Benhura
, Mum’s Pride CIC
Sam Gadsden
, They Said to Me
Amity Reed
, White Ribbon Alliance
Saras Arulampalam
, Birthrights

14:20 – 14:50 | Learnings from Safer Beginnings Onward Grantees
Kay King, Programme Director introducing the Onward Grants programme
Laura McKane
, Lincolnshire Rape Crisis

14:20 – 14:50 | Closing and Thank You
MC – Fiona Small, Young Mums Support Network

14:55 – 15:00 | Going Back Out Into The World
Dr Emma Svanberg, Clinical Psychologist

15:00 | End of live stream


Please click on a speaker to read their biography.


Purpose of the Conference:

Increasing healthcare professionals’ knowledge about the ways in which violence and harm can show up in maternity.

Has today’s conference increased your knowledge of the ways in which violence and harm can show up in maternity?(Required)


If you are experiencing any issues and would like to speak to us please contact Paul Rushworth on +44 (0)7709 145 234 or email

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