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London 27 September 2022

Manchester 29 September 2022



Dai is an expert education lawyer at Browne Jacobson LLP and heads up the north west team based in their Manchester office.  Dai advises schools, academies and MATs on frontline education matters, including school admissions and exclusions, parental complaints, GDPR and all safeguarding issues. As well as supporting schools with everyday safeguarding issues – positive DBS disclosures, overseas checks, parental consent, school-wide compliance and safeguarding culture – Dai also manages complex safeguarding issues for schools, such as serious allegations against staff and pupil fatalities, and also supports schools with the press interest that flows from those issues and implementing post incident action plans to learn from those experiences. Dai also carries out MAT safeguarding audits to support Trusts with improving safeguarding practices at each academy and developing consistent approaches and structures that support best practice trust-wide safeguarding.

Debbie Innes-Turnill is an independent safeguarding consultant supporting organisations and individuals with their safeguarding roles and responsibilities. She specialises in auditing policies and procedures, action planning and training, as well as providing ongoing safeguarding supervision. She has 30 years’ experience as an educator at all levels of education, from pre-school to University.  She currently lectures, part time, on an advanced child protection Master’s degree, in addition to supporting the Batchelor’s and Master’s in social work. Her academic research includes: Child Abuse and Poverty, Self-Regulation and issues pertaining to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Alan is an independent consultant who has specialised in the area of online safety since 2007. Speaking in hundreds of schools and conferences every year, Alan is passionate about the positive and appropriate use of technology and the huge benefits that can be realised through global connectivity and collaboration; he believes that good digital skills are vital in order to help children and young people embrace the wonderful opportunities whilst mitigating the risks.

Suzanne Murray is a safeguarding and child protection consultant of FairChild Safeguarding Ltd, with over 30 years’ education experience in UK state and international schools. Her unique skill set and belief in the potential of children is central to her work. Her measured, practical and balanced approach to safeguarding turns policy into practice, in a real and meaningful way. With experience of working in and with a range of different schools, academies and organisations, she advocates the development of a “Culture of Care” , which moves safeguarding and child protection from compliance to an embedded culture which keeps children safe. Suzanne uses her experience to educate, advise, train and speak to the moral duty to protect all children.

Andrea has worked in pastoral and safeguarding roles in a variety of educational settings for over 20 years. Having been a Designated Safeguarding Lead for over 10 years, Andrea became the School Safeguarding Lead for a large local authority. For the last 3 years, Andrea has worked independently to develop and deliver bespoke training, audits and supervision for educational establishments and now heads up a team of consultants to provide safeguarding support across the country. Schools Safeguarding focuses on supporting all school stakeholders, and prides themselves on providing realistic, practical and innovative safeguarding solutions.

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.