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Joanna Nicolas

Child Protection Consultant


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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 21 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.

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.

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 Boards. In addition she sits on both the Quality Committee and Board of Cafcass and is the safeguarding advisor to Home-Start UK.

Joanna is a recognised and sought-after deliverer of bespoke training in the fields of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. The classes can be half a day, one day or two day and cover a variety of relevant topics, techniques and legislation. She is also a valued speaker at various conferences around the UK.

As far as her media work is concerned, Joanna has become the ‘go-to’ voice for comment on safeguarding issues, appearing regularly across the BBC, ITV and Sky whilst contributing to various professional journals and The Guardian.

 

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 21 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 Boards. In addition she sits on both the Quality Committee and Board of Cafcass and is the safeguarding advisor to Home-Start UK.

Joanna is a recognised and sought-after deliverer of bespoke training in the fields of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults. The classes can be half a day, one day or two day and cover a variety of relevant topics, techniques and legislation. She is also a valued speaker at various conferences around the UK.

As far as her media work is concerned, Joanna has become the ‘go-to’ voice for comment on safeguarding issues, appearing regularly across the BBC, ITV and Sky whilst contributing to various professional journals and The Guardian.

Joanna has recently become a trustee of The Social Worker of the Year Awards, about which she is delighted because of the passion she feels for her profession.



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  • Rob ParkinsonCEO Home-Start UK

    Rob Parkinson
    CEO Home-Start UK

    "Following Joanna's notable and well received contribution to our 2016 national convention, we invited her to carry out an independent review of our child protection activity. It was an insightful piece of work which will positively shape the future development of child protection activity at HSUK. I would recommend Joanna to other organisations looking to carry out similar pieces of work".
  • Mrs. Sheila Brown, OBECEO, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children

    Mrs. Sheila Brown, OBE
    CEO, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children

    “The issues surrounding child protection are complex, but Joanna made it easy to absorb using her experience of working in the real world and her expertise, which helped us to implement the policy strategically. We needed to write policy, train and integrate the learning across very diverse groups of people from very different departments. Joanna genuinely cares about protecting children and you can see it in all she does, she provides clear and practical training, delivered with passion and commitment.”
  • Dr Dawn HarperMBBS, MRCP, DCH, DFFP

    Dr Dawn Harper
    MBBS, MRCP, DCH, DFFP

    “I first met Joanna several years ago when I attended a “Safeguarding Children” course. I am ashamed to say that my only expectation of the day was to tick some government boxes, but I left totally inspired by Joanna. She has so much expertise and experience in this field and has an unusually brilliant way of communicating that knowledge. She has since become a very respected work colleague and someone I feel privileged to have met.”

     

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