State of the sector: safeguarding

21 November 2018

The first seminar will be on safeguarding

When a topic such as safeguarding regularly makes the headlines, it is in danger of losing its meaning on a practical level and can often be interpreted in a number of different ways. These half-day seminars are aimed at senior charity professionals who want to keep their finger on the pulse and move beyond buzzwords to a more in-depth understanding of the key issues affecting our sector.

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What will I get out of attending?

  • Gain a holistic view of safeguarding that includes beneficiaries, volunteers and staff members
  • Learn how charity leaders empower beneficiaries, volunteers and staff members
  • Learn how to reward whistleblowing and build a system where people feel safe and encouraged to speak up
  • Learn out to communicate your safeguarding systems to staff members so proper procedures can be followed in your absence 
  • Learn how other charities built successful networks of organisations to promote safeguarding
  • Learn the methods charity leaders use to build a thorough and fair recruitment process which centres safeguarding 


21 November 2018

  • 8.20AM - 8.50AM
    Registration, morning coffee and networking
    Registration, morning coffee and networking 
  • 8.50AM - 9.00AM
    Chair's welcome
    Chair's welcome
    Tania Mason, editor, Governance & Leadership
  • 9.00AM - 9.30AM
    A holistic understanding of safeguarding
    • Why it’s not enough to limit the definition of safeguarding to children and adults in care
    • Safeguarding starts in the board room – how culture at the top level can prevent abuses at every level
    • Manifesting safety, security and empowerment in every activity every employee, volunteer and beneficiary performs

    Javed Khan, chief executive, Barnardo’s

  • 9.30AM - 10.00AM
    Using power effectively, responsibly and compassionately
    • Understanding that power imbalance is a serious threat to your charity and its people
    • Empowering staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to speak out, even about you
    • Investigating safeguarding concerns confidentially, thoroughly and with integrity
    Rose Caldwell, executive director, Concern Worldwide UK
  • 10.00AM - 10.30AM
    When a safeguarding incident occurs in your absence: what must happen and what should happen?
    • Understanding and acting on the legal obligations of senior management in safeguarding incidents
    • Communicating clearly to your team the safeguarding processes to follow in the absence of the chief executive
    • Learning how to successfully and fully support your team in dealing with safeguarding incidents

    Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, director of operations and deputy CEO, Coram

  • 10.30AM - 11.00AM
    Coffee and networking break
    Coffee and networking break
  • 11.00AM - 12.00PM
    Building a network between organisations
    • Exchanging information
    • Sharing resources and third party support
    • Coordinating joint safeguarding workshops
    Lee Vallins, deputy chief executive officer, Tree of Hope, Deanna Neilson, head of safeguarding, Action For Children, Jill Healey, executive director, Child Hope
  • 12.00PM - 12.30PM
    Safe recruitment practice
    • The key to safer recruitment principles
    • The barriers to implementing change in relation to safer recruitment
    • The impact of getting it wrong 
    • Building a safer working culture
    Chris Roach, head of safeguarding, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sarah Meadows, safeguarding consultant, Guide Dogs for the Blind


  • Javed Khan

    Chief executive , Barnardo's

    Javed is a member of the Government’s Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce, a Patron of the National Citizen’s Service and a lay member of a London Clinical Commissioning Group. 

    He began his teaching career in the West Midlands, and made rapid progress, becoming head of department, assistant principal and then director of development in a further education college. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Birmingham City University.

    His previous roles include:

    • Chief Executive at Victim Support
    • Executive Director, London Serious Youth Violence Board
    • Director of Education, Harrow Council – while he was there, the borough saw a 40 per cent reduction in school exclusions, and the lowest level of young people not in education, employment or training in England

  • Chris Roach

    Head of safeguarding , Guide Dogs for the Blind

    Chris Roach's experience with children and adults’ spans over 30 years in Statutory and Charity Sector. As a Social Worker, Practitioner and Manager she has spent 16 years in Children Social Care in Looked After, Assessment, Child Protection and Training Development. 

    In 2007 Chris was appointed Head of Safeguarding for Guide Dogs. The charity takes seriously its obligation in relation to Safeguarding and has invested in the development of a Safeguarding Team. Their primary aim is to create a safer working culture with colleagues across the organisation, from recruitment through to the services Guide Dogs deliver. Their focus is not only on promoting welfare and the protection of Service Users but the wider challenge is ensuring staff and volunteers are safely selected, trained, supported and monitored regarding ongoing practice. This work continues to develop through education, policies, procedures and practice management from front line staff to Trustees. 

  • Deanna Neilson

    Head of safeguarding , Action for Children

    Deanna Neilson is Head of Safeguarding at the National Charity, Action for Children and had been in this role since 2014. Prior to this Deanna was an Operations Director in the Charity, overseeing the delivery and development of services in London and the South East. Deanna started her career as a qualified Social Worker in Sydney, Australia, working as a sexual abuse counsellor for children, and has held a variety of frontline practice and management roles in child protection since 1991.

  • Lee Vallins

    Deputy chief executive officer , Tree of Hope

    Lee has spent the majority of his working life within the voluntary sector, with a few short-term/interim roles working within statutory Health and Social Care. Roles have been varied from grassroots work directly with beneficiaries through to more recent positions seeing him take a lead on the management of service, supporting commissioning and procurement; as well as wider engagement in voluntary sector networks, forums and generally trying to champion the voluntary sector and the need for collaboration.

    A common strand throughout has been safeguarding, whether dealing with situations, training, supporting and managing others involved in this area; or within policy and procedure development and implementation. Confessing to be an amateur that has fallen into his various roles and responsibilities over time. Lee’s knowledge, skills and experiences are very much based on the reality of what small and medium charities face’ and been gathered by personal and practical experiences; as a pose to a more academic approach.

  • Jill Healey

    Executive director , Child Hope

    Jill has worked on international development and social justice issues, in a number of countries, for over twenty years.  Her experience ranges from direct engagement with community members to influencing senior decision makers, and she has lived and worked in Malawi and Tanzania. Jill’s employment history includes VSO, The Children’s Society and the Greater London Authority.  She has been Executive Director of ChildHope for almost seven years and is a trustee of RefugeeYouth, a youth-led UK organisation.

  • Rose Caldwell

    Executive director , Concern Worldwide (UK)

    Rose Caldwell became Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK) in 2008.  
    During her leadership, Rose has brought to the forefront Concern Worldwide (UK)’s  focus on hunger and malnutrition, the tackling of which is at the heart of addressing extreme poverty. Driven by her experience of working overseas with Concern Worldwide in emergency contexts in Burundi and Zimbabwe, Rose is also committed to ensuring that the organisation plays a key role in responding to those who are worst affected by the increasing number and scale of humanitarian crises.  
    A qualified chartered accountant by training, Rose has previously worked as a management consultant, as the Finance Director of a mental health charity and as Assistant Director for the Refugee Housing Association.  Rose is currently on the Board of BOND and the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

  • Sarah Meadows

    Safeguarding consultant , Guide Dogs for the Blind

    I have 23 years’ experience working in both the statutory and charitable sector. For 16 years I worked within Children’s Services as a Senior HR Advisor providing support and guidance across the service to both staff and voluntary organisations associated within education settings. During the latter years with the local authority I specialised in in Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment.

    As a Safeguarding Consultant for Guide Dogs I am responsible for the development, delivery and management of Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment practice across the business and support the organisation to embed safe practice for all our stakeholders  

  • Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent

    Director of operations and deputy CEO , Coram

    Renuka is a Chartered Educational Psychologist and works as the Deputy CEO and Director of Operations at the country’s oldest children’s charity, Coram. The charity and its subsidiaries operate both nationally and internationally and Coram’s history is displayed in The Foundling Museum based at its Headquarters.  Renuka was previously CEO of The Bridge Child Care Development Service through which she provided consultancy at international level and authored several high profile Serious Case Reviews. Renuka is a member of Camden Children’s Trust Board and the Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit’s Partnership Board and has chaired several panels including The Adoption and Permanence Panel for the London borough of Hounslow and those relating to international research. Previous Trusteeships include for ACEVO, The Fostering Network and Shaftsbury Young People. 


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