Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson
Dai is an expert education lawyer at Browne Jacobson and heads up the North West team based in their Manchester office. Dai advises schools, academies and MATs on frontline education matters, including school admissions and exclusions, parental complaints, GDPR and all safeguarding issues. As well as supporting schools with everyday safeguarding issues – positive DBS disclosures, overseas checks, parental consent, school-wide compliance and safeguarding culture – Dai also manages complex safeguarding issues for schools, such as serious allegations against staff and pupil fatalities, and also supports schools with the press interest that flows from those issues and implementing post incident action plans to learn from those experiences. Dai also carries Optimus’ MAT safeguarding audits to support Trusts with improving safeguarding practices at each academy and developing consistent approaches and structures that support best practice trust-wide safeguarding.
Dai is a recognised expert in GDPR and data protection for schools, supporting schools with all aspects of data protection support including policy drafting, staff training, culture change, subject access requests and managing personal data breaches. He has devised and delivered DPO training to over 400 school DPOs to prepare them for their role and offers ongoing support to continue their learning.
Kevin Crompton, Independent Scrutineer of children’s safeguarding Gloucestershire
Director of Kevin Crompton Solutions Ltd, Kevin established his company following over 35 years in public service. Through the company he offers interim management, problem solving, leadership and management development. Contracts have included taking on the role of the Chair of the Local Children's Safeguarding Boards in Sutton, Merton and Northamptonshire. In 2013, he worked as part of the team to establish an Early Intervention Foundation in the U.K. His current assignments include: advising Gloucestershire County Council on the improvement of their children’s services; advising Devon County Council’s Children’s Scrutiny committee; and he is Gloucestershire’s independent scrutineer for children’s safeguarding. He is also Chair of the East Midlands Academy Trust (EMAT). Prior to working as an independent consultant, Kevin was Bedford’s Director of Children’s and Adults’ Services (2014 to 2017). As Chief Executive at Haringey Council (March 2010 to October 2012) his work included improving children’s services following the tragic death of Peter Connelly and the response to the riots in Tottenham in 2011. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive of Luton Borough Council (November 2005 to February 2010). Kevin worked at Solihull Metropolitan Council where he was Corporate Director of Education and Children's Services and the officially designated Director of Children’s Services. Solihull began the development of children’s services prior to Every Child Matters and was a pathfinder Children’s Trust.
Delyth Lynch, Deputy Head (Safeguarding), Wellington College
Delyth has been on Wellington College’s Senior Leadership Team for 8 years, having previously been Deputy Head (Pastoral). Having been awarded the BSA Research Fellowship, she conducted her research on ‘Abuse in Boarding Schools’, probing into an area where there was little research or literature and winning the National Research Award (2019). The ground breaking work on Low Level Concerns and Values Guardians she initiated has provided an effective blueprint for all boarding schools and Delyth’s Pastoral Parental Education programme won the TES Initiative of the Year Award in 2015. Delyth is the Safeguarding Governor at a local school and the Local Independent Schools Representative on Bracknell Forest’s Safeguarding Panel. Delyth is passionate about self care for DSLs and has written and run courses on this topic.
Alan Mackenzie, Online Safety Consultant
Alan is an independent consultant who has specialised in the area of online safety since 2007. Speaking in hundreds of schools and conferences every year, Alan is passionate about the positive and appropriate use of technology and the huge benefits that can be realised through global connectivity and collaboration; he believes that good digital skills are vital in order to help children and young people embrace the wonderful opportunities whilst mitigating the risks.
Shahana Knight, Founder and Director of TPC Therapy Ltd
Shahana Knight is the founder and director of TPC Therapy Ltd, a mental health service for children and young people. Shahana manages a team of play therapists who work with children in schools, adoption, fostering and homicide. She is also the founder of the ‘Therapeutic Schools Programme’ through which she is working with schools across England to put children’s wellbeing at the core of education. Pioneering a vision for all schools to become therapeutic schools, her unique approach is making a significant impact and has been recognised by BBC newsround and BBC Teach who have both done features in which Shahana has appeared. Shahana is a finalist in the upcoming Ladies First awards 2020, in both ‘inspirational women’ and ‘business entrepreneur’ categories. Shahana writes a regular segment in Head Teachers Update (the national magazine for primary schools) sharing therapeutic teaching ideas and techniques. She is also governor of a primary school and sits on two foster care panels.
Ella Savell-Boss, Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer
Ella is an NSPCC accredited Safeguarding and Child Protection Trainer, providing training and consultancy for over 15 years to schools and organisations. Ella works locally, nationally and internationally, including Singapore, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Ella prides herself on her approach to bespoke training content, working across the vast spectrum of safeguarding topics. As the former Director of Safeguarding for the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, Ella has managed safeguarding cases and teams in one of the most deprived areas in the UK. Ella’s specialist safeguarding subjects include: being a Home Office approved anti-radicalisation and extremism trainer; forced marriage; child sexual exploitation; designated safeguarding lead trainer; and emotional health and wellbeing. Ella can also help organisations look at the support they provide to their staff for emotional health and wellbeing and work on team building, how to manage difficult conversations, and responding to disclosures. As a trained person-centred and Gestalt therapist, Ella is also able to provide supervision sessions for those holding a responsibility in safeguarding and needing advice and guidance as well as emotional support for themselves.