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Safeguarding consultant, speaker and author

Ann Marie inspires and motivates organisations in keeping children and adults safer by bringing safeguarding to the front line and embedded in their daily practice.

Consultancy

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Speaking

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Training

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International

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About Ann Marie

Qualifying in 1996 and worked in children and families child protection teams then promoted to management in 2003. Ann Marie was a school based social worker from 1999 to 2003 and worked alongside education welfare, behaviour teachers and mentors in a government pilot project.

In 2003 she started a unique role as the team manager of the Vulnerable Children Team  and managed teachers working with LAC, advised schools in child protection and delivered child protection training to schools and heads. This role evolved and Ann Marie worked as a LADO in Education, Safeguarding advisor,  DSL Local Authority coordinator, LSCB Trainer and School Improvement Advisor and managed a team of social workers allocated to set schools within the local authority.

Unfortunately, when austerity started in social care she was taken away from the proactive work and called back to manage child protection teams in 2010. Ann Marie found this reactive, punitive and not helpful to families. She resigned and returned as an independent safeguarding consultant and registered Child 1st Consultancy Limited.

The welfare of the child is paramount and this name was chosen to champion their rights.

Ann Marie has worked in various settings since:

  • Managed a child protection team 0-5 (Early years) 2011-2015
  • Managed a child protection team in Youth Justice 2010-2014
  • Managed school based social workers and pastoral staff 2010 -2015

Ann Marie regularly contributes to national news features

Voluntary Work

Ann Marie has always been passionate about giving back. She started her voluntary work in 1997 when she sat on the Board of Directors for ‘Big Up’ a charity raising the awareness of HIV and AIDS with supporting black gay men and women supported by the Terrence Higgins Trust.

In 2008 she started supporting her local Parish and sat on the Safeguarding committee and in 2015 became the Parish Safeguarding Representive in the Diocese of Southwark.

When her daughter was two in 2006, Ann Marie found it difficult to find inclusive books and discovered Letterbox Libraries. She is a big child at heart and reviews their books on a monthly basis.

She has been a BASCPAN member since 1997 (British Association of child protection and Neglect) and since 2020, Ann Marie sits on the Board as a Trustee of the renamed ‘Association of Child Protection Professionals’ now a CIC.

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