The Child Protection and Safeguarding Consultancy provides specialist advice, support, training and consultancy to schools, colleges, local authorities and other children’s services. The CPSC differs from most companies working in the child protection field, in that our expertise is rooted firmly in the education sector. It is our belief that schools are the front line protectors of children and young people and that the critical role of school staff in child protection deserves greater recognition and support.
Ann Raymond has led the CPSC from its inception in early 2006. Prior to moving into the field of child protection in 1999, Ann taught in several special and mainstream schools and held the post of Deputy Principal in a 52-week residential school for children and young people with complex and challenging needs. She was also a Youth Officer for several years in Central and South East London, and a collegiate Senior Lecturer in a London further education college.
From 1999 to 2005 Ann was the NSPCC’s Education Adviser for South West England and also became the lead adviser for safeguarding disabled children. Ann maintains her links with NSPCC as an associate consultant.
She became an active member of the South West Inter Agency Training Group of LSCB trainers and was also the co-founder and chair of the South West Safeguarding Children and Young People Forum.
Ann relocated to the North of England in 2006 and in addition to her consultancy work she is a primary school governor with responsibilities for safeguarding and equalities.
Ann is the author of the hugely successful Child Protection and Safeguarding Handbook for Schools published in November 2009 by Optimus Education.
A further title Safeguarding and Protecting Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs was published in late 2010