Joanna is a member of The Prince’s Trust Safeguarding Advisory Panel.
As the communist regime fell in Romania, Joanna spent several months there working with children who had suffered extreme emotional and physical deprivation and neglect.
That is what set Joanna on her path.
With over 30 years of experience of working in the fields of Safeguarding and Child Protection, Joanna has an established career as an independent consultant and trainer.
What you won’t get from Joanna is jargon and academic language. What you will get is practical advice delivered in straightforward, layman’s terms.
Working in social care since 1991, Joanna spent many years on the front line as a child protection social worker but has graduated to become a much-prized consultant and trainer. Between 1995 and 2008 Joanna worked with various Local Authorities and London Boroughs, specialising in the most complex child abuse cases and care proceedings.
In recent years Joanna has worked on a consultancy basis with a range of UK organisations including the Department for Education, Ofsted and various Local Authorities and Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships. In addition she sits on the Main Board of Cafcass as well as the Performance and Quality Committee. Joanna acts as a safeguarding advisor to a range of organisations, including, as part of the Old Vic team, Parliament, looking to ensure they have a healthy workplace culture and along with consultancy can offer training in this area.
Joanna is a recognised and sought-after deliverer of bespoke training in the fields of Safeguarding and Child Protection. The sessions are bespoke and cover a variety of relevant topics, techniques and legislation. The training can be delivered virtually, or in-person. She is also a valued speaker at various conferences around the UK. Other areas of work include; supporting theatres and other arts organisations with productions involving child actors.
As far as her media work is concerned, Joanna is the ‘go-to’ voice for Safeguarding and Child Protection, appearing regularly across the BBC, ITV and Sky whilst contributing to various professional journals and The Guardian.
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