Safeguarding Association

Supporting non-legal professionals working within the Family Justice Sector
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The Safeguarding Association is for non-lawyers working within the Family Justice System. It provides updates, support and guidance to help you navigate legal issues when working within the child protection sector.

Our members put safeguarding and best practice at the heart of their work and demonstrate this through our Members’ Charter.






The Safeguarding Association Training Academy has a range of courses to suit your needs and will help ensure your work is of the highest standard and significantly reduce the adverse scrutiny of your work.

Our courses are for non-lawyers in the child protection arena. We have a range of open and bespoke in-house programmes available.






Giving evidence or preparing for an interview are daunting experiences. I help practitioners prepare for interviews and hearings within the family justice system using my years of experience.

I support practitioners in their preparation and assist them to understand some of the processes involved. This is not legal advice, you’ll need a legal adviser for that.



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“[Training was] interactive, a lot of the scenarios were relevant to our line of work”

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Just How Much Of An Expert Are You?

During a recent Climate Credits case the prosecution’s ‘expert’ turned out not to be an expert after all.

This got me thinking – when is an expert not an expert.

It can be tempting to overstep your professional boundaries, especially when you have good intentions at heart, like the well-being of a child.

But going beyond your area of expertise exposes you to reputational risk.

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Court work: My top 5 tips for social workers

If you work in the world of child protection, at some point in your career you are going to come into contact with the court system. It is an inevitability. Sadly, too many professionals fear the court room and worry about what on earth happens in that mysterious...

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Introduction to Coercive & Controlling Behaviour

In this blog I want to share with you some details and guidance around the offence of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour. The offence of Coercive and Controlling Behaviour came into force in December 2015. It carries a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and/or a...

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5 main types of abuse

Child protection is the responsibility of everyone. Child abuse disclosures are increasing and are affecting every aspect of a child's life. The impact of abuse on later life cannot be underestimated. There are many other types which professionals have to be aware of....

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Every month, you'll receive my my free safeguarding update straight to your inbox. I'll also send you details of new blogs and 5 minute masterclasses to help you keep yourself and your team up to date.

I'll also send you details of upcoming courses, conferences and membership of the Safeguarding Association. This won't be every week but will be several times a year.

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