"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".


Rob Parkinson
CEO Home-Start Uk


“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”. 2016


Mrs. Sheila Brown, OBE

CEO, Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children


“We asked Joanna to review our safeguarding policy, procedures and practices as part of a general health check. She undertook a comprehensive review working with staff, managers and our senior team across a variety of locations. Whilst identifying the good practice she also really challenged us as an organisation getting us to think about child and adult protection in new ways. This has enabled us to identify clear areas for improvement. Her passion for putting children first really made me think about what quality means when we look at safeguarding. I feel better equipped to support my company as a consequence” 2016


Antony Pearce

Director of Quality and Business Improvement 

Prospects Services


“Joanna was recommended to me by the LSCB Business manager when I was looking for an independent safeguarding consultant to undertake a few projects for CCP. I had previously worked with her through the Safeguarding Children Board and was pleased to be able to commission her to undertake some consultation work on behalf of the charity. Joanna has worked with CCP now on a number of projects, which has seen both my understanding, as Safeguarding Lead, and our organisation’s understanding, implementation and expertise in safeguarding children significantly increase.

I would strongly recommend Joanna to any organisation that may need to consider additional safeguarding support as she is thorough, efficient and extremely knowledgeable”.  2016


Dave Jones

Deputy CEO and Safeguarding Lead CCP




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.” 2016




“Best training I have done in 25 years of safeguarding training. Brilliant!”


Hospital midwife


“Joanna is inspirational. I could listen to her all day.”


Head teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead


“Joanna can make you feel uncomfortable in training because she makes you realise where you have been going wrong but I always come away feeling inspired by her passion”.


Child protection social worker




“Joanna delivered the first of our series of Social Work Seminars at Kingston University this year, and what a great start. We arrange these seminars for our students and employer partners, so are important for encouraging links between students and practitioners in the field and to ensure they hear from experienced practitioners and researchers. Joanna has a depth of experience and knowledge that few can match and she delivers her material in a coherent and powerful way. Her passion for advocacy for children and young people comes across really strongly and she prompted great discussion and learning. We are sure that she will have had a direct influence on how people practice and learn.”2016


Dermot Brady

Senior Lecturer

School of Allied Health, Midwifery and Social Care

Kingston University


“Joanna Nicolas is an engaging presenter who is clearly very knowledgeable in her field. Joanna’s presentations are always informative but also thought provoking and inspirational. Joanna has spoken for us on a number of occasions and always receives fantastic feedback from delegates”. 2016


Rebecca Hiley

Deputy Head of Events.

Forum Training


Written Work


“Joanna has so far written two practice-focused reports for us on home visiting and working with disguised compliance in child protection, which have been well received by our subscribers. We are eagerly awaiting a third report on Special Guardianship Orders. I think that shows how much we value her contribution. Speaking as an editor, she’s also been a really good colleague to work with, in bringing her reports to publication.”  2016


Jim Kennedy




Reviews of Joanna’s first book “Conducting the Home Visit in Child Protection”


“This book is a gem”


Professor David Shemmings

University of Kent


I found this book to be an invaluable resource”. “Joanna is child focused in her approach, encouraging the reader to become immersed in the child's experiences of living in the home which we are visiting. I would recommend this book to anyone”. “I’d like to start by writing that this pocket book of fabulous knowledge is NOT just for social work in the child protection arena. This book has so many wonderful hints and tips surrounding home visits in general that I recommend this book as a pocket friend for anyone who, like me, is daunted by the dreaded home visit!” “The author communicates with her readers in the manner she promotes communication with families - clear, realistic, knowledgeably and honestly”. “This book is really accessible and easy to read and is a good size to carry around with you.”


Reviews on Amazon


Reviews of Joanna’s second book “A Practical Guide to Child Protection”


“This book goes to the heart of social work practice and stays there throughout”.


Anthony Douglas CBE

Chief Executive



“All those who have roles and responsibilities in working with children should find this book illuminating and inspiring”.


Professor Ray Jones

Emeritus Professor of Social Work

Kingston University


“This has to be the best child protection book I have read!” “Brilliant book with very useful information on how to do Child protection well. Very easy to read and accessible”. “This is one of the best books on Child Protection for many years. In clear, jargon free, inspiring language. I cannot recommend it highly enough”.


Amazon reviews

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