I help child protection professionals feel confident when working with children and young people, by improving their child protection and safeguarding skills and knowledge and providing them with support and guidance at the the time they need it most.
During my 15-year career in child protection, I have seen first hand how important safeguarding support and training is to children and young people, and the adults who work with them.
I started my career as an office junior in a law firm, working my way up to become a child protection lawyer, representing parents and children in court. After being made redundant, I joined the Local Authority where I began training social workers and teachers on child protection processes and court proceedings, and I loved it. I loved being in a training room and helping to guide frontline staff and volunteers through the tricky terrain of child protection. And I loved helping them make the right decisions and take the right actions for the most vulnerable in society.
I have been delivering safeguarding training to professionals, including nurseries, universities and youth outreach teams for more than 7 years. I take great satisfaction in watching that moment of recognition, when my delegates realise how the law applies to them, and how they can apply this in their working day. And I’m driven by the knowledge that by upskilling adults to handle disclosures and safeguarding situations with confidence, I am positively impacting the lives of them and children they engage with.
Making Safeguarding Simple
I know that with a little time and effort, all those working with children and young people could be equipped with the knowledge and skills they needed to feel confident around safeguarding and child protection issues. But I also know that when managers and team leaders are swamped with day-to-day issues, upskilling their team in this way is near-on impossible. That’s why I’ve designed a range of packages and services to flexibly meet the needs of any organisation working with children and young people. I do all the thinking, planning, and training, so you don’t have to.
Through in-house training, bespoke training the trainer programmes for universities, and my online Safeguarding Academy, I help those working with children and young people (usually within a university or outreach team) get the key child protection skills and knowledge they need.
Bespoke Training Packages
I can deliver a training schedule, in-house, tailored to meet the needs of your team. I will incorporate the legally required in safeguarding training, then go beyond that to make the material engaging and relevant to your team. By the end of our sessions your team will understand how safeguarding and child protection relates to their roles, and feel confident in handling any issues that may arise, such as disclosures.
Training The Trainer Programmes
I can come to your location and deliver a Training The Trainer programme so that members of your organisation are able to deliver in-house safeguarding training. This enables you to embed a golden thread of safeguarding throughout your organisation, spreading the message without spending a fortune on training. The training I deliver will be bespoke to your organisation’s needs, to ensure total relevancy to your team. Universities find this approach especially time and money efficient, as having members of their staff able to deliver in-house safeguarding training makes upskilling new recruits and refreshing existing team members much easier..
The Safeguarding Online Academy
Updating your knowledge and skills is mandatory if you work with young people. The Safeguarding Online Academy makes this super simple for you. Each month you’ll receive training for you and your team directly into your inbox. You’ll also be alerted to any updates and changes to guidance or law. All you have to do is check your email. This works especially well for education teams, childminders and nursery staff who tend to have little time available during the working day for training.
Together we can equip your team with the skills and knowledge they need to feel confident when handling child protection and safeguarding issues.
But crucially, being part of the Online Academy gives you access to my support and the support of your peers. I believe that every professional should be able to ask questions and obtain the support they need. I am also firmly of the view that the best learning we do is with each other, and sharing good practice across disciplines. I am proud of the online Academy for Giving child protection professionals this space and support.
How Do You Record Disclosures?
To help you get started with implementing effective safeguarding procedures, I’ve created a free e-book about recording disclosures. Click the link below and leave your name and email address to access your free copy now.