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Ann Marie Christian
Ann Marie helps schools, organisations, charities, churches and childcare settings in understanding their statutory duty and responsibility in keeping children safe.
She set up Child 1st Consultancy Limited in 2010 after working for the local authority in front line child protection since 1996. She worked in partnership with colleagues in various settings and understood their challenges in working with child protection and chose to support them in offering bespoke intense support via training and consultancy.
Ann Marie is a child protection practitioner with over twenty years of experience in front line child protection. She qualified in 1996 and in 1999 was part of a pilot project in a local authority and was based in a school for four years where her understanding of vulnerable children in schools began. In 2003 she managed a virtual school and her role developed to managing cluster social workers attached to schools. She provided schools with child protection advice, consultancy, and training to whole staff, governors, senior leadership and the safeguarding leads. Multi-agency LSCB trainer, LADO, Social Work manager, Early Years manager and school improvement advisors are just a few of her roles over the last decade.
Ann Marie was head hunted in 2008 to deliver child protection training in Dubai and decided to set up Child 1st Consultancy in 2010 and be a safeguarding champion and support individual organisations with child protection.
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What we Do
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Strategic safeguarding support from a safeguarding expert
We help schools and organisations by supporting and fulfilling their safeguarding duties inline with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 and other key statutory guidance.
With good practice from completing audits and delivering compliance workshops, she is confident with her knowledge about understanding the safeguarding agenda.
Additionally, she supports schools in trouble shooting cases that are stuck, about to be closed by Social Care or never accepted as a referral.
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Over the last five years, her experience has been strengthened by supporting Independent, Boarding and International Schools inject safeguarding compliancy and expertise across their settings. She is an Associate Safeguarding Consultant for the Boarding school Association, delivers the safeguarding seminars for Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) Consultancy and delivers training for the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).
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Ann Marie has worked in frontline child protection for over 20 years
All the child protection training we offer is NSPCC Accredited and Safer Recruitment training is provided by Ann Marie, a Department for Education Accredited Trainer.
We have worked with front line child protection for over twenty years and have specialised in education setting for the last seventeen years. We work nationally and provide in-house training to all child care settings.
We receive a large number of very positive delegate recommendations and we are proud that recommendations come via word of mouth from satisfied colleagues.
At the moment Ann Marie offers two training courses; Designated Safeguarding Lead and Safer Recruitment Training
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Speaking & Writing
Over 15 years experience of public speaking
Ann Marie frequently delivers workshops and delivers key note speeches at national and international conferences.
She spreads her good practice and passion about the voice of the child as well delivering the strong safeguarding agenda.
She has spoken at the following:
ARTICLES WRITTEN BY ANN MARIE INCLUDE:
Safeguarding: Keeping Children Safe in Education – HEADTEACHER UPDATE 10/11/2016
Maintaining a watertight safeguarding system – HEADTEACHER UPDATE 08/09/2016
Treading the fine line of child protection – HEADTEACHER UPDATE 13/06/2016
Keeping Children Safe – SEN
Essential steps for making child protection referrals – PROTECTING CHILDREN UPDATE June 2012
Please click here for a copy of “The Secrets of Child Sexual Exploitation” from 2013.