About Us

We provide training courses, consultancy and remote learning for practitioners, professionals and volunteers working with children, young people and families.

Safeguarding Children Training and Consultancy Ltd has been delivering services on a range of safeguarding children issues to practitioners working with children and their families across the UK for over 20 years.

Our courses are practice based, motivational and inspiring. Participants receive a robust and effective learning experience which helps them learn new information and skills and reflect on, develop and enhance their existing practice. Our clients include local authorities, health, education, early years’ services, the police, voluntary services, charitable organisations, commercial businesses and two national regulatory ombudsmen.  We work with a number of learning establishments, including Multi Academy Trusts and Universities. We also work in partnership with organisations such as NSPCC, Basis Yorkshire, local and central government.

Our training and consultancy starts from the core principles of helping our clients develop best professional standards that focus on achieving positive outcomes; and developing innovative ways of delivering services that makes a difference to the families and children that they work with. We have a consistently high evaluation record, with many clients returning to us year after year for further training and consultancy services. Take a look at our testimonial page to see what some of our clients have said about us.

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Adele Gladman

Adele Gladman is an established independent safeguarding children trainer and consultant. Originally a Child Care law solicitor, Adele became involved in practice development and safeguarding training after working on a Home Office Child Sexual Exploitation research and development pilot in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. She established the company that became Safeguarding Children Training & Consultancy Ltd in 2002.

Adele works on a UK wide basis with a range of organisations from Universities and educational establishments through to commercial businesses. Her areas of expertise include best practice standards, safer recruitment and safe workplace practice, advanced safeguarding practice, independent arbitration and investigation. Adele is also trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Adele’s consultancy work has involved her in developing policies and procedures; assisting legal services; independent investigations, reviews, audits and inspections; and helping organisations to attain best practice standards in safeguarding children issues. Her work had included working  with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Adele is an approved independent author, a consultant with several Multi Academy Trusts, national charities (including the NSPCC) and compliance organisations such as ASPCo.

Adele regularly contributes to news, TV, and radio programmes raising awareness of safeguarding children issues; as well as regular keynote conference presentations. She is the author of several articles and publications in professional journals and the co-author of Child Sexual Exploitation After Rotherham (2017); and the Online Guide to Internet Safety for Parents (2018).

Adele is a mother of two and a foster parent.

Adele Gladman

Sherri Marie Cosford

Sherri has over 25 years’ experience working with children, firstly as a youth worker, working with groups of young people around safety, substance misuse and promoting safe sexual health including positive relationships.

Sherri has worked with residential establishments, children in local authority care,   and supporting children and families to reduce the number of children coming into the care of the local authority. She has worked in a multi-agency team promoting safeguarding for children and families and been involved with her local authority training teams and external agencies in designing, developing and delivering Child Sexual Exploitation training for professionals. Sherri has also developed and delivered specific group sessions and workshops within schools and youth settings to improve outcomes for children raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation.

Sherri is a qualified adult community education tutor and currently delivers safeguarding training to professionals and facilitates the HENRY programme for families. Dedicated and passionate about developing new and inventive training materials for children and young adults, she is currently working with us in creating stimulating interactive resources that will continue to educate young people and develop the professional skills of practitioners working with children and families.

Sherri Marie Cosford

Sonia Lowe

Sonia Lowe has a NNEB Qualification and has over 30 years’ experience in this field working in mainstream and special needs schools, as well as working in children’s centres as a disability team leader developing support groups for children with disabilities in the local area.

Sonia has developed and delivered programmes around improving self-esteem, positive approaches and confidence within families, young women and parents. Her work with multi agency teams has included the design and delivery of Child Sexual Exploitation awareness training for professionals.

She is a qualified adult community education tutor delivering Safeguarding training to early year’s professionals and facilitates the HENRY program for families.

Committed to developing new innovative training and resources for children and young adults, this has led to ongoing work creating pioneering interactive resources that will continue to educate and safeguard children.

Sonia Lowe

Gerard Kiely-Jones BA, Dip. SW, PQSW. PGCE

Gerard is a HCPC Registered Senior Social Worker and an experienced Trainer and Consultant. He has over 30 years experience of providing social work expertise to children and their families who have experienced chaotic living situations, traumatic and life changing events and offers a range of interventions to support families. He has also worked in a therapeutic environment with young people who sexually harm, and provides training and consultation to professionals who encounter this in their work.  He is also a qualified trainer registered with the IfL.

Gerard is generally recognised as having specialist knowledge/expertise with regard to training and case supervision of Child Protection and Safeguarding, the Common Assessment Framework process, Reflective Supervision and Forensic Case Analysis.

Gerard held a position as Senior Social Worker at Wakefield Social Care from 2000 to 2015.  Other positions held have been Consultant Manager in Tower Hamlets and Team Manager in Manchester Social Care.

Gerard has worked with sexual offenders and has been trained to complete both G-MAP and AIMS assessments on sexual offenders.

Gerard has provided Safeguarding and Child Protection training and CAF process consultation to (amongst others):

  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Academy schools, (Secondary and Primary)
  • Pupil Exclusion Units
  • Health Professionals including: Health Visitors, School Nursing, Midwives Speech & Language Professionals and Specialist Nursing Groups
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Teams
  • Child Minders
  • Children’s Centre staff
  • Wolverhampton Social Care
  • Barnardo’s Children’s Charity
  • Young Carers
  • Young Families
  • Kids WeSAIL
  • Schools Inclusion Service
  • Community Mental Health Teams
  • Wakefield Adult Services
  • Youth Offending Teams
  • Targeted Youth Support

Gerard has also been a member of:

  • The Yorks Humber Regional CAF Management Board
  • The Virtual College Advisory Group
  • Health Training Initiative
Gerard Kiely-Jones BA, Dip. SW, PQSW. PGCE

Do we sound like the right company for you? Contact us now for more information about the services we can provide.

Call us on 01226 249590 or email adele@protectingchildrennow.co.uk

“The course was realistic addressing both theory and practice with a good balance of interaction.

“I found the course one of the most useful ones I have attended.