Specialist Safeguarding & Child Protection Consultant, Trainer, Author and Troubleshooter

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.

Ann Marie was head hunted in 2008 to deliver child protection training in Dubai and decided to set up Child 1st Consultancy in 2010 and be a safeguarding champion and support  individual organisations with child protection.

Q & A with Head of SEN School, London Borough of Redbridge

1. How did you meet or hear of Ann Marie?

We met Ann Marie at a Safeguarding Conference in London where Ann Marie was one of the speakers.

2.Why did you book her after meeting her for the first time?

We booked Ann Marie initially to complete a Safeguarding/Child Protection Audit at my school, as we thought she was very knowledgeable, interesting & liked her approach.

3.How has her input changed your knowledge and setting?

After Ann Marie’s very thorough & professional Safeguarding/Child Protection Audit at my school which including a comprehensive report & on-going support, we implemented all of her recommendations, which has made my school’s Safeguarding/Child Protection procedures more robust, especially in light of all of the recent guidance changes/updates.

Since the audit we have used Ann Marie on further occasions to lead staff training including Leadership/Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training. We will continue to work with Ann Marie moving forward.

4.Would you recommend her and why?

We would definitely recommend Ann Marie.

She is….. knowledgeable – experienced – current – approachable – helpful – professional – supportive – empathetic – good value for money.