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London 28 September 2021

Manchester TBC 2021



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.

Having worked for over 20 years advising schools on serious safeguarding incidents, inspection and regulation, SEN and equality, serious disciplinary incidents, complex complaints, reputation management and the media, Yvonne is well placed to assist schools when complex and often unforeseen incidents occur. Yvonne works with Academy Trusts and independent schools.  She is recognised by the independent legal directories and quotes from clients include:  'I love her deep understanding of the sector; she is a dyed-in-the-wool expert. She has done a magnificent job, and is very personable.'  Yvonne has also worked with overseas governments in setting up child protection systems and inspection regimes for children's services in Romania, Tajikistan and Moldova.

Dave has been involved in anti-racism work, including training for police, teachers, youth workers, health workers etc for more than 30 yearsHis emphasis is on detached youth workspecialising in anti-racism. Having worked at an African-Caribbean Resource Centre for 7 years and a Muslim Community Centre for 4 years, he’s also worked within white communities where racism and Far Right activity were prominent. Published by the Runneymede Trust and other national publications, his work has been recognised as ‘good practice’ at a World conference on racism held in South Africa. A member of an all-party House of Commons group on conflict resolution and an advisor to central Government on Far Right issues, feeding into the Prime Minister’s Extremism Task Force, Dave is a Home Office quality assured trainer on Far Right Extremism and Ideology. He is founder and director of the internationally recognised REWIND UK project which produced a Home Office and CLG supported educational DVD that is used internationally. He was a registered OSCT (Office for Security and Counter Terrorism) Intervention provider on Far Right for 10 years and has carried out more than 300 interventions with individuals from groups as diverse as EDL (including the ex- leader), NF, C18, Aryan Strike Force, NSM, National Action and others, including national leaders of some of these groups. 

Co-Founder and CEO of One Team Logic Ltd, Martin Baker QPM previously served in both uniform and detective roles in five UK police forces (including the Metropolitan Police). His police service in London included two significant periods with the Anti-Terrorist Branch at New Scotland Yard. Later, Martin became a Senior Investigating Officer for cases of homicide and other serious crimes. As a Detective Superintendent, Martin was the Director of Public Protection for Gwent Police, responsible for all aspects of safeguarding and child protection. As the Assistant Chief Constable for Gloucestershire, Martin was Chair of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), managing the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders living in the community. Martin’s final policing role was as the Chief Constable of Dorset Police. His force achieved the prestigious Sunday Times Top 75 Companies Award. Martin worked closely with government ministers to address a wide range of national challenges in relation to serious and organised crime. Martin is an experienced school governor in both primary and upper schools and director of a multi-academy trust. In 2006, Martin was awarded HM The Queen’s Medal for Distinguished Police Service (QPM).

Dr Carlene Firmin MBE is a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Bedfordshire, where she leads their Contextual Safeguarding and peer-on-peer abuse research programmes. Carlene has spent the past 10 years researching young people’s experiences of community and group-based violence and advocated for comprehensive approaches that keep young people safe in public places, schools and peer groups. Her theory of Contextual Safeguarding has informed policy and research agendas for advancing the protection of adolescents, leading to Contextual Safeguarding’s inclusion in the 2018 revision of Working Together. Carlene has worked with practitioners across the UK to co-create contextual interventions and develop contextual safeguarding systems within children’s social care. Carlene has also conducted 20 case reviews for safeguarding children’s boards to identify opportunities for intervening with extra-familial forms of significant harm.

Sarah Goff is the Safeguarding Children and Young People Manager at the Ann Craft Trust based in the School of Law and Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. The trust develops safeguarding practice across the fields of sport, safeguarding adults and young people. Sarah has worked as a social worker in child protection for over 30 years in a variety of roles and also in residential care. Additionally, she has worked at ChildLine and as a qualified social worker in practice. At the Ann Craft Trust she addresses the additional risks faced by young people with learning difficulties and needs, delivers training, consultation and does practice development work addressing these issues and good practice with young people and their carers and between agencies. She co-chairs the National Working Group for Safeguarding Disabled Children.


Jay studied at Kent University and practised law in inner London for a number of years working in some of the most deprived areas. After a location change, he changed his pathway to education and, after years of working in mainstream settings, saw that his skills were better suited to working with young people who found conventional education a barrier to learning. Jay took a Headteacher position in a small SEMH School working with young people effected by gang life, poverty and disadvantage and within just a few years became the leading practitioner in Alternative Education in his county. 

Belinda is a qualified nurse and teacher. She has many years’ experience in developing and delivering training internationally. She is commissioned by Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning as lead consultant for emotional wellbeing and has acquired extensive knowledge. Belinda is a national trainer for Mental Health First Aid England and has had two books published – ‘The Mental Health Handbook for Primary School’ and ‘Wellbeing: Activities and Resources to Support Young People’s Mental Wellbeing’. Belinda works regularly with independent schools supporting staff, students and parents.

Joanna has worked in child protection and safeguarding for 25 years, the first 13 as child protection social worker and for the last 12 as an independent consultant and trainer. As a core trainer for her Local Safeguarding Children Partnership, she has delivered multi-agency training for 11 years and also delivers bespoke training for organisations, including schools. A safeguarding consultant, Joanna leads on case reviews, including serious case reviews and child safeguarding practice reviews.

Matthew Norford is the CEO of 1 Message. A former gang leader in south Manchester for 17 years, he suffered gunshot wounds and was involved in countylines and gun crimes. He spent 6 years in prison and suffered devastating loss while living life as a gang leader. Now he delivers workshops to schools, pupil referral units, and provides 1 to 1 mentoring to vulnerable children and adults. 1message raises awareness and trains professionals on topics including grooming, countylines, knife crime, gang crime, and many other subjects.

Gordon Opie is Deputy Head Pastoral at Kingswood School in Bath, an Independent Day and Boarding School for pupils aged 11 to 18 years.  As Designated Safeguarding Lead for four years, Gordon has experience of managing referrals to the local authority children’s social care, providing early help and intervention, managing allegations of peer-on-peer abuse and identifying children at risk of radicalisation.  He acts as a source of support, advice and expertise to staff on matters of safety and safeguarding and ensures all staff receive appropriate training.  Gordon is passionate about the benefit of DSLs in school receiving support through supervision from someone outside of the organisation.

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.

Tony completed a 30-year law enforcement career in 2017 as the NCA Head of Drugs Threat and Intelligence, including a leading role in the national response to County Lines. Having worked in covert, evidential, intelligence and strategic roles, Tony’s experience spans from encountering local drug dealers and users (in the late 80s) to his national lead roles (with SOCA and NCA), working in over 40 countries. He managed the UK drug market and price assessment (between 2006 and 2017) and was the UK delegate in Europe, representing supply and demand insight. He was the lead Expert Witness for drug trafficking and complex investigations and created the UK law enforcement response to this type of evidence in 2004, going on to manage national teams of practitioners supporting 1500+ subsequent investigations.

Andrew Pain is a TEDx speaker, high performance coach, blogger and campaigner. He talks and writes about domestic abuse, gaslighting, parenting within abuse and the complexities of parental alienation and family courts. His TEDx talk, ‘Domestic Abuse - not a gender issue’, is one of the only TEDx talks to describe female perpetrated violence, exploring the challenges of gender bias and the wider struggles faced by male survivors. Andrew is a regular contributor to popular blogs such as The Good Men Project, Happiful and Psych Reg and alongside his campaigning work, he co-leads a pilot project in Hertfordshire, supporting male survivors of domestic abuse. Professionally, Andrew has over 20 years’ HR experience, specialising now in coaching business leaders, helping them to realise their potential and get more done, but without getting busier or burnt out.

Luke Ramsden is Senior Deputy Headmaster at St Benedict’s School in Ealing.  Having studied History at University College, Oxford as an undergraduate and then postgraduate, he started his teaching career at Tonbridge School where he was Head of History and Assistant Housemaster.  He went on from there to be a Housemaster at Ampleforth College before moving to Ealing where he lives with his wife and their three daughters, all of whom attend St Benedict’s School themselves.  Luke is senior safeguarding lead at St Benedict’s and has wide experience of pastoral leadership in both day and boarding schools. He is safeguarding governor at The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School.