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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.

Sara is a practising SENCo and an independent SEND and safeguarding consultant and trainer with over 35 years' teaching experience. She provides support and training to schools for special needs and safeguarding. Sara writes regular articles for Teach Primary and Headteacher Update as well as blogs about SEND and safeguarding issues. She is the co-author of The Inclusive Classroom: A New Approach to Differentiation (Bloomsbury, 2021) and her new book Working Effectively with Your TA will be published in February 2023.

Beth has a passion for demystifying safeguarding, believing in empowering each individual, uniquely placed in their role to recognise the valuable part they play in safeguarding children. Having worked within education for several years, Beth finds this, combined with previous experience within the charity sector, has resulted in a holistic approach to safeguarding. Combining counselling skills with a wealth of on-the-ground experience, Beth is a down-to-earth and empathic trainer. She currently spends her time supporting a wide range of education providers from special needs schools to multi-academy trusts in the UK and internationally.

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 four 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.

Steve Hall is currently a safeguarding and quality assurance manager and LADO with a large London local authority. He brings nearly 40 years of experience as a qualified social worker and service manager in social care at various local authorities with a background of child protection, looked after children, children with disabilities and quality assurance, as well as digital recording systems for social work. He is an experienced LADO and is the elected Chair of the National LADO Network.

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 Bachelor’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.

Phil has been an active member of The National Association for Pastoral Care in Education (NAPCE) both regionally and nationally, since his first year in teaching in 1982. He is the current Chairperson of the national executive committee and a member of the editorial board for the journal. Phil has written articles for publication on pastoral issues and is a peer reviewer for the journal. His recent publications include guidance on effective pastoral support and developing social and emotional skills. Phil retired from leadership roles in schools in 2017 and now works as an educational consultant supporting schools with developing pastoral support systems, leadership, and school improvement. His experience of leadership in secondary schools, includes roles as Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. He has experience of supporting schools as a Specialist Leader of Education specialising in leadership, pastoral care, behaviour and improving attendance. He is an educational performance coach and an experienced trainer. Phil has been a governor in both primary and secondary schools for over thirty years.

Lawrence has worked within Children Social Care since 2003 and is a registered social worker. He became Milton Keynes local authorities Professional Lead for Children Missing, Exploited and Trafficked. He was tasked with creating a multi-agency hub to respond to these issues, as well as wider local arrangements for responding to missing and trafficked children. Lawrence has received 2 awards, firstly for his work with children and families, and secondly a police commendation for his exceptional work with children who are exploited, reported missing or have been trafficked.

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.

Colin McCabe is the International Director of the educational technology company, Lightspeed Systems. Formally a teacher and school leader, he has held strategic responsibility for digital transformation at local authority level, leading on digital pedagogy and online safeguarding. He has delivered a one-to-one device programme for 14,500 young people across 40 schools and supported teachers and safeguarding leads to adapt to this 21st-century approach to classroom learning.

Angela has over 25 years’ experience working in education and public health. She has experience in the secondary and university sector and is trained as a public health specialist with a focus on health and wellbeing of children and young people. She has led on several innovative projects that have shown measurable improvements for young people. As co-founder of Chameleon PDE, she is passionate about empowering teachers to confidently deliver quality PSHE to build the skill set and support the life chances of young people.

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.

Richard is a qualified primary school teacher with over 25 years’ experience as a teacher and consultant for PSHE, Citizenship and pupil wellbeing. He has worked at Local Authority level supporting all settings including early years, primary, secondary, alternative provision and post-16; and held a regional Advisory PSHE position. He has also worked in the university sector and continues to act as a guest lecturer for university and school-based ITE programmes. Through establishing Chameleon PDE with Angela, Richard now offers resources and training to empower teachers to deliver high quality PSHE.

Luke is an award-winning senior deputy headmaster and senior safeguarding lead at St Benedict’s School in Ealing.  Having started teaching at Tonbridge School where he was Head of History, he was a Housemaster at Ampleforth College before moving to Ealing.  In his role as Senior Deputy Head, he is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, as well as the pastoral oversight of all the students and overseeing the school's PSHE programme (among a number of other roles). In his time at St Benedict's, the school has become a flagship school for safeguarding and pastoral care, with the happiness of every student placed firmly at the heart of all the school does. This led to the award of Pastoral Leader of the Year 2021-22 by the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education. Luke is chair of the Independent Safeguarding Advisory board for The Safeguarding Company, is a trustee of the School's Consent Project charity, and has recently joined the National Executive Committee for the NAPCE.

Victoria is a safeguarding and pastoral care expert, with extensive experience in leading safeguarding, attendance and behaviour both operationally and strategically across schools and academies, multi-academy trusts. She also works closely with statutory and non-statutory agencies including charities and CICs. Victoria’s experience includes due diligence and onboarding of new schools into multi-academy trusts, school improvement, leadership coaching, supervision, DSL training, alternative provision leadership, quality assurance and recovery planning.

Martin is a former chief police officer whose 38-year career spanned five UK police forces, including significant spells in counter-terrorism in London and in homicide investigation. As a chief officer he was responsible for all aspects of safeguarding and child protection and managed the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders living in the community. His most recent policing role was as Chief Constable of Dorset Police, where his officers and staff delivered eight consecutive years of crime reduction and achieved national ‘best in class’ public confidence — the highest of any police force in England and Wales.  Martin is an experienced school governor in both primary and upper schools, and is currently a director of a multi-academy trust.  In 2022, Martin was named by the Institute of Directors as ‘Director of the Year’ for innovation in recognition of the ground-breaking products and services developed by The Safeguarding Company.

Mike is a co-founder and the Chief Safeguarding Officer at The Safeguarding Company. A former child protection officer, Mike served as a UK police officer for 30 years and as an Assistant Chief Constable had overall responsibility for all aspects of safeguarding and public protection in his force. In his current role he oversees the development and delivery of safeguarding training and customer success using his experience to deliver high-quality services and support across a wide range of sectors. Mike has also been a school governor since 2010 and is currently the Chair of Governors at a primary school located in Dorset, UK. 

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.