A strong advocate for children’s rights, safety and protection, Colin has deployed his leadership and influencing skills in a number of high profile senior management positions as well as an independent consultant and trainer.
Colin brings over 30 years’ experience of working in children’s social care in both the voluntary and statutory sectors in England and Wales. He has developed a wide range of skills and in-depth knowledge through front-line practice, team management and strategic leadership.
He was appointed as the Head of Safeguarding and Family Support at The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to help establish the service from its inception. For the past 5 years, Colin has worked successfully as a Chief Officer for Safeguarding and Family Support in Wales, improving the service’s effectiveness, developing working relationships with other agencies and giving proper focus to safeguarding at a corporate level.
Colin began his career in residential child care, working in registered children’s homes in England and Wales. He went on to become a registered manager for a 10 bedded children’s home. Colin has also been the Head of NSPCC’s Specialist Investigation Service where he was responsible for 12 social work teams across the UK. The service undertook independent, child protection investigations, primarily concerning professionals in positions of trust. For a number of years, Colin was the Principal Social Services Officer for Children’s Services in the City of Cardiff and was responsible for the delivery of all safeguarding and family support service across one of three divisions.
He has been a key note speaker at numerous national and international conferences, delivering important messages about safeguarding and child protection. He has chaired serious case reviews, homicide and interagency reviews. Colin has designed and delivered bespoke training programmes for social care professionals, university students and foster carers. He has acted as an adviser to numerous governmental departments in England and Wales. He is currently the chair of a Welsh Government Task and Finish Group commissioned by Ministers to develop a national approach to independent professional advocacy for children. He is also the agency decision maker for a fostering and adoption agency.
Colin is inspired by delivering high quality services and his ambition to improve outcomes for children and families emanates from his personality and strong ambition to develop fruitful partnership that can influence improved outcome for children and families.
Colin can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org