Meet the trainers

Ann Marie (Freelance trainer and writer)

Ann Marie is a child protection practitioner with over twenty years of experience in front line child protection. She qualified in 1996 and in 1999 was part of a pilot project in a local authority and was based in a school for four years where her understanding of vulnerable children in schools began. In 2003 she managed a virtual school and her role developed to managing cluster social workers attached to schools. She provided schools with child protection advice, consultancy, and training to whole staff, governors, senior leadership and the safeguarding leads. Multi-agency LSCB trainer, LADO, Social Work manager, Early Years manager and school improvement advisors are just a few of her roles over the last decade.

Articles written by Ann Marie include:

Safeguarding: Keeping Children Safe in Education – HEADTEACHER UPDATE 10/11/2016

Maintaining a watertight safeguarding system – HEADTEACHER UPDATE 08/09/2016

Treading the fine line of child protection – HEADTEACHER UPDATE 13/06/2016

Keeping Children Safe – SEN

Alan (Online / e-safety expert / trainer)

Online /e-Safety has been Alan’s a passion for a very long time; Alan loves technology and the huge benefits that can be realised through global connectivity and collaboration. He is a strong believer that Online safety is an enabler, not a showstopper; it should never be a barrier to innovative use of technology.
For many years Alan was the e-safety lead at Lincolnshire County Council, raising initiatives across all schools, police, the voluntary sector and others with positive outcomes and a significant increase in e-safety awareness
Working at the local authority allowed Alan to take a more strategic view of school needs, particularly in regards to policy, liabilities and the management of e-safety as a whole. He has a deep understanding of the technology used in schools whether for curriculum or administration purposes; this includes services such as internet filtering, new collaborative tools such as social networking and the use of new technology such as tablet devices and cloud computing.
Alan became a CEOP Ambassador many years ago, which was a great starting point, but there is far more to e-safety; the concept of digital citizenship is rightly growing in impetus. The world is changing, technology is diversifying at an extraordinary rate and the use of technology by children is growing massively. Whilst e-Safety is predominantly about safeguarding, the wider aspects of ‘online safety’ are really starting to come to the fore which take into account more emotional, behavioural and usage aspects of technology.
Alan is an associate member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) and also a partner with other companies and charities who share the same ethos as him in order to spread the word that e-safety is something that can be positive and empowering. In July 2015 he was delighted to be invited to sit on the board of the multi-award winning eCadets scheme as a non-executive director.
He worked with hundreds of schools all across England, but he also likes to get involved with projects on behalf of other companies and charities to lend a helping hand, which includes reviewing new products on the market to advise on any e-safety or safeguarding issues, writing whitepapers or articles on a range of different subjects, or to get involved and advise on new educational initiatives by others, and speaking at many conferences.

Viv (SRN, BA Hons)

Viv’s passion for the wellbeing and safety of children and young people has developed into her professional role as a Child Protection School Liaison Officer for Hertfordshire County Council as part of the Child Protection Specialist Services Team.

Viv’s professional background has encompassed various training, coaching and mentoring elements and as such her passion and motivation enables people to share and thrive within her delivery of information. Delegates feel both supported and able to develop their own personal abilities under her leadership.
Viv has been involved in ensuring children are safe in other settings, supporting Designated Safeguarding Leads in churches as well as other voluntary organisations and more recently a community library. This would involve delivery of training, auditing, writing policies and also procedures to support safer working practice.

Key Skills and Areas of Expertise

  • Training – whole school from primary, secondary, special need and further education settings
  • Training Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Induction for Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Induction for Support Staff
  • Governor Training
  • Updates for Designated Safeguarding Leads
  • Management of allegations against staff
  • Safety and support planning and risk management of youth violence/sexualised behaviour
  • Whole school safeguarding audits and training needs analysis
  • Child Protection thresholds for referrals and Early Help support
  • Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
  • Safeguarding children and young people in voluntary settings

Surinder (MSc, AASW, DipSW, CQSW)

Surinder is a Registered Social Worker. She has over 20 years’ experience of working within Local Authority and Voluntary Organisations such as the NSPCC and The Children’s Society. She has managed child protection risk assessment services and family support services.
She is an NSPCC Accredited trainer in child protection and has over 10 years’ experience of delivering child protection Training and Consultancy to statutory, voluntary and private organisations who work with children and young people.
She is also a Trustee of two Voluntary organisations, which deliver a range of child protection and support services to vulnerable children and adults.
Surinder has experience of delivering training to a number of audiences which includes education establishments, local authority staff, NHS staff, private agencies such as fostering and staff from the voluntary sector. Surinder can deliver the following training:
Child Protection training Levels 1-3
Supervision Skills in Child Protection
Working with Evasive Parents
Working with parents where domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental ill health are present.
Safeguarding children: Forced Marriage
Safeguarding Children: Female Genital Mutilation
Professional Development programmes for newly qualified social worker

Julie (BA)

Julie qualified as a social worker in 1996 and since that time has worked mainly within the field of safeguarding children. Julie provided senior management support to Local Authorities who require training as part of their improvement planning.
Julie’s work has also included the development/mentoring and management oversight of safeguarding teams including the children with disabilities team.
Prior to 1996 Julie worked as a Tutor in a Further Education College and in a Young Offenders Institution working on reading and writing and independent living skills with the young people who had social and behavioural difficulties and to those with mild to moderate learning disabilities.
Julie has worked as a children’s Guardian for CAFCASS and continues to provide support as a Collaborative Child and Family Consultant in post and pre-court contact issues working with high conflict divorced or separated couples as part of resolution organisation.
She continues to provide training courses to schools on Prevent Duty, assessment training for Local Authorities, FGM, Safer Recruitment and Child Protection Levels 1 – 3. Julie is an Independent Trainer and fully accredited with the Lucy Faithful Foundation Trust.
Julie is registered with the Health and Social Care Council and is a member of various organisations relating to working with children and families in a safer way.

Ken (ex Detective within the Child Abuse Investigation Team)

Ken is an adaptable, tenacious, dedicated and highly respected safeguarding and Child Protection expert and accredited trainer with over 20 years experience within the police and Local Government sectors. Handling challenging caseloads, delivering robust advice and support and developing complex procedures and policies. Ken has an impressive record of achievement; acknowledged by two Police commendations, a trial judge commendation, the meeting of demanding operational targets and a recognition of regularly exceeding customer expectations.
Ken is an Ex metropolitan Police Detective Constable with the Child Abuse Investigation Team and latterly the Safeguarding Coordinator for Schools within a large London Borough. He delivers an exceptional blend of depth and breadth of safeguarding and Child Protection experience that ensures a confident, valued reliable service.




Jonathan (Positive Handling Expert)

Jonathan is a specialist Trainer working within conflict management, positive handling, safeguarding and behaviour management with children and young people. As well as a number of advanced training qualifications, he also holds the Level 3 Award in Education & Training is a qualified KEWAP Instructor (Knife and Edged Weapons Awareness) and holds many other qualifications within training and sport.
He has a wealth of experience working as a specialist in the Foster Care Industry and within schools around South Yorkshire including working with challenging behaviour and those disengaged from education. Jonathan also has experience within physical education and community sport; he was the winner of the ‘Coach of Inspiration’ award in 2011 and was a nominee for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award within its ‘Those making a difference in the community’ section.
Jonathan’s training work has seen him work around the UK with a number of organisations dealing with some of the most difficult subjects within education and the care industry. Safeguarding and the best interest of the child is at the heart of everything he does.