ACEs & Mental Health Awareness Training

Interactive workshop for school staff to raise awareness that mental health problems may be an indication that a child has suffered or is at risk of suffering abuse, neglect or exploitation.

eLearning: Designated Safeguarding Lead 2 Yearly Update 2023-2024

eLearning: Designated Safeguarding Lead 2 Yearly Update 2023-2024 Self-paced training for experienced DSL/DDSL in educational settings who have previously completed DSL New to Role safeguarding training.

Safer Working Practices Training

Interactive workshop developed for school staff to raise awareness and understanding of which behaviours constitute safe practices and which behaviours should be avoided.

Advanced Safeguarding Practitioner Workshop

Advanced Safeguarding Practitioners. Interactive, trainer-led, advanced safeguarding scenario based workshop for safeguarding support staff.

CPD sessions

Updated principles and guidance of information sharing for those directly involved in safeguarding children.

Designated Safeguarding Lead - New to Role (2 day)

Trainer led sessions for new Designated Safeguarding Leads, deputies, SENCO or safeguarding team members.

Designated Safeguarding Lead VIRTUAL New to Role 2 Day

Trainer led sessions for new Designated Safeguarding Leads, deputies, SENCO or safeguarding team members.

DSL Statutory 2 Yearly Update

Trainer led session for experienced Designated/Deputy Safeguarding Leads who have previously completed DSL New to Role safeguarding training.

Early Years Safeguarding Lead

This 1-day safeguarding training session has been developed to provide essential knowledge and understanding of the expectations, responsibilities and duties of the Early Years Safeguarding Lead.

eLearning: Designated Safeguarding Lead New to Role 2023-2024

Designated Safeguarding Lead New to Role 2023-2024 Self-paced training for new DSL's, DDSL's or safeguarding team members in educational settings.

Rachel Priestley

Rach has a background in Business Development and Administration, gaining much of her knowledge and experience through her 19 year career with the NHS working within the executive office, community services and public health. 

Before moving on from the NHS, Rach supported the Chief Executive, the Chairman and the Trust Board of a local NHS Care Trust, which managed Children’s Services. Her responsibilities spanned across HR, Finance, Governance, Compliance, Risk, systems and processes, and internal training. Rach also supported the Children’s Safeguarding Lead with safeguarding investigations.

In 2017, she left the NHS to pursue a successful self-employed career supporting business to grow, with flexible business development and administration support, which she continues to do on a part-time basis.

Rach is in house trained, and is passionate about delivering outstanding services and enjoys working as part of the safeguarding team to achieve a common goal.

In her own time, she loves spending time outside, and long walks with the two family dogs. 

Shelley Armstrong

Shelley joined Safeguarding Support in 2020 as an experienced AET-qualified freelance trainer, and now enjoys working across the business, keeping clients as up to date as possible with the ever changing challenges facing safeguarding children in education.

Whilst we aim to simplify safeguarding, Shelley’s passion is to ensure engagement, pride and confidence through training and support. Shelley enjoys applying the competencies gained in different industries and environments to researching, designing, and developing materials for those with the responsibility to safeguard children, and in return has enormous respect for their commitment.

Her experience across the private business sector brings commercial skills to training and her background in psychology and counselling ensure courses are designed and delivered with the learner in mind.

Shelley lives in Yorkshire and enjoys walking her springer spaniels – come rain or shine!

Abigail Havon

Abigail is an experienced AET qualified trainer who began her safeguarding career in the charity sector.  There she was a regional manager and part of the safeguarding leadership team.  She was involved in writing policies and procedures, developing, and delivering training and supporting staff and volunteers to work 121 with children struggling with their literacy. 

She has worked in a variety of business environments gaining experience in different sectors. She has always chosen roles that call for collaboration and communication to bring the best out in people and projects to completion.  Abigail passionately believes that empowering educators to work together as part of a safeguarding team will lead to better outcomes for children and young people. 

As part of the SSL training team her role focuses mainly on delivering virtual training. 

Abigail lives near the Jurassic Coast and enjoys long walks and caring for her jungle of houseplants.  

Carol Stephenson

Carol has spent her entire career teaching in Bradford primary schools. Most recently she was Head Teacher of a large, outstanding, multi-academy trust, inner-city
school where she gained Local Leaders of Education (LLE) status.

Carol is a highly experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding Governor, with an extensive range of expertise, skills and knowledge. It was through this depth of experience that she became a dedicated representative of Bradford Children’s Safeguarding Board. In June 2019, Carol was awarded a Bradford Safeguarding Champions lifetime achievement award 2019 for her continued work in safeguarding the children of Bradford.

Carol is in-house trained and is NSPCC certified to deliver Child Protection and Safeguarding training.

In her spare time, Carol enjoys working on her allotment.