About Me

I studied at Sheffield Hallam University, qualifying as a teacher in 2001. I taught in lower primary, and then Early Years, working as an Early Years teacher and a parent link worker with babies, young children and families.

Trained as a Designated Safeguarding Lead since 2012, I left my role as a class based teacher in 2013 to focus solely on safeguarding and child protection, contributing to an integrated structure of effective multi-agency working. In 2014, I joined the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board. I support schools with development of policies, procedures and practice and can deliver basic safeguarding awareness training. I have also developed specific safeguarding training and policies for dance schools.

I attended a one-day workshop on Protective Behaviours led by Sally Ann Hart at the beginning of January in 2013. In the days and weeks to follow, I began to incorporate Protective Behaviours into my practice working as a nursery teacher, continuing to attend Protective Behaviours training and events to learn more. By July 2013, I began my journey to becoming a fully endorsed Protective Behaviours trainer, attending countless Foundation courses, initially as a participant, then as an observer before co-training alongside other trainers in the Protective Behaviours Training Partnership.  I also enjoy delivering Voice of the Child training to professionals from all agencies who have involvement with children and families.

As well as training, I still do a small amount of teaching and also work in schools providing direct work and input with children based on Protective Behaviours and supporting staff with planning, activities and resources to engage children in the Protective Behaviours process.

Having lived in Northamptonshire for nearly 20 years, I work alongside colleagues in all agencies on a range of projects and initiatives to support community development and promote ways to help children grow up in a safer county.