I first became a member of Croydon Area Child Protection Committee (latterly the Local Safeguarding Children Board) in 1996. I chaired several LSCB sub-groups (domestic violence, learning and development, and health strategy) and acted as deputy chair of the main LSCB. More recently I have become a member of the London Safeguarding Children Board supporting the Strategic Health Authority. I also acted as Independent Chair the Safeguarding Children Board for Barnardo’s London, East and South East Region prior to reorganisation of the organisation in April 2011.
As the Senior Strategic Safeguarding Children Advisor for NHS London I have worked closely with colleagues in London Councils, the Government Office for London (prior to its abolition), the NHS Confederation, the Healthcare Commission (now CQC) the Royal College for Paediatrics and Child Health, the Department of Health and the Department for Children Schools and Families (now the Department for Education). I have worked and continue to work as a member of several national, regional and local multiagency groups, undertaking various strategic and operational projects for Health, Social Care and the Metropolitan Police.