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22 September 2020 - London
30 September 2020 - Manchester
6 October 2020 - Bristol



Belinda is a qualified nurse and teacher. She has many years’ experience in developing and delivering training internationally. She is commissioned by Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning as lead consultant for emotional wellbeing and has acquired extensive knowledge. Belinda is a national trainer for Mental Health First Aid England and has had two books published – ‘The Mental Health Handbook for Primary School’ and ‘Wellbeing: Activities and Resources to Support Young People’s Mental Wellbeing’. Belinda works regularly with independent schools supporting staff, students and parents.

An expert education lawyer at Browne Jacobson LLP, Dai advises schools on frontline education matters, including school admissions and exclusions, parental complaints, GDPR and all safeguarding issues.

Joanna has worked in child protection and safeguarding for 25 years, the first 13 as child protection social worker and for the last 12 as an independent consultant and trainer. As a core trainer for her Local Safeguarding Children Partnership, she has delivered multi-agency training for 11 years and also delivers bespoke training for organisations, including schools. A safeguarding consultant, Joanna leads on case reviews, including serious case reviews and child safeguarding practice reviews.

Tony completed a 30-year law enforcement career in 2017 as the NCA Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence, including a leading role in the national response to County Lines. Having worked in covert, evidential, intelligence and strategic roles, Tony’s experience spans from encountering local drug dealers and users (in the late 80s) to his national lead roles (with SOCA and NCA), working in over 40 countries. He managed the UK drug market and price assessment (between 2006 and 2017) and was the UK delegate in Europe, representing supply and demand insight. He was the lead Expert Witness for drug trafficking and complex investigations and created the UK law enforcement response to this type of evidence in 2004, going on to manage national teams of practitioners supporting 1500+ subsequent investigations.

Having worked for over 18 years advising schools on serious safeguarding incidents, inspection and regulation, SEN and equality, serious disciplinary incidents, complex complaints, reputation management and the media, Yvonne is well placed to assist schools when complex and often unforeseen incidents occur. Yvonne also leads on VWV's work with academies and maintained schools, she has also overseen over 500 academy conversion projects.

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Ella is an NSPCC accredited safeguarding and child protection trainer, providing training and consultancy for over 15 years to schools and organisations. As the former Director of Safeguarding for the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, Ella has managed safeguarding cases and teams, in one of the most deprived areas in the UK. Ella’s specialist safeguarding subjects include: being a Home Office approved anti-radicalisation and extremism trainer, forced marriage, child sexual exploitation, designated safeguarding lead trainer and emotional health and wellbeing.

Sarah Goff is the Safeguarding Children and Young People Manager at the Ann Craft Trust based in the School of Law and Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. The trust develops safeguarding practice across the fields of sport, safeguarding adults and young people. Sarah has worked as a social worker in child protection for over 30 years in a variety of roles and also in residential care. Additionally, she has worked at ChildLine and as a qualified social worker in practice. At the Ann Craft Trust she addresses the additional risks faced by young people with learning difficulties and needs, delivers training, consultation and does practice development work addressing these issues and good practice with young people and their carers and between agencies. She co-chairs the National Working Group for Safeguarding Disabled Children.