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The most diverse community of safeguarding professionals in the UK


The Independent Safeguarding Service is an organisation with a very singular vision, to enable a transformation in the quality of safeguarding in the UK through the provision of industry leading training, policies and procedures regardless of industry sector.
We are a Community Interest Company (CIC) and, as such, reinvest profits back into the business and the safeguarding community to create the best and most affordable products possible.


Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Steve Hall


Steve brings nearly 40 years of experience as a qualified social worker and Service Manager in Social Care for various Local Authorities with a background of Child Protection, LAC, Children with Disabilities and Quality Assurance as well as digital recording systems for social work. He is an experienced LADO and is Chair of the National LADO Network. Steve is an experienced trainer and consultant for a wide range of sectors, including Faith, Sports, Fostering, Education, Early Years and Youth Services. 
Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Nick Pratt


Nick is a qualified Social Worker and the strategic lead for ISS. He has worked in statutory child protection for over 20 years. He has managed LADO Services across a number of Local Authorities. He works closely with a number of Safeguarding Partnerships including undertaking the lead role in Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews. 
Nick has extensive consultancy experience in Education, Early Years, Health, Police, Faith Settings, Third Sector, Premier League organisations, other Sporting Regulatory Bodies and Commerical Private Sector organisations. 
Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Jen Miller


With her experience and knowledge in web based business development and management, Jen is heading up our digital development. Jen is passionate about providing high quality business solutions online.
Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Rita Domingues


Rita qualified as a Social Worker in 2006. For the past 11 years, she has worked in frontline teams across Children’s Services, the last 5 managing Court and Safeguarding teams. Her expertise is in Care Proceedings and Court reports. She is steadfast in her commitment to good practice in safeguarding vulnerable children and families.  She has also spent the last three years in postgraduate studies and building her expertise in Leadership and Management.

Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Stephanie Bissett


With a background in Child Protection, Stephanie coordinates our safeguarding portfolio of services to ensure full sector coverage and equal access. Stephanie also manages our tailored package services

Kelly Smith


Kelly is an experienced Senior Social Worker who has extensive knowledge in both child protection and adult safeguarding. She currently works with adults with learning disabilities and autism. Kelly brings practical and theoretical experience in S42 safeguarding enquiries, Mental Capacity Assessments and Deprivation of Liberty (DoLs) court work as well as reviews under the Care Act 2014.  Kelly is also an experienced Practice Educator, supporting Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers with the knowledge and skills essential to their role.

Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Kathy Dee


Kathy is an experienced and passionate safeguarding lead with over 25 years' experience in education and children's services. She specialises in prevention and building capacity to create learning environments where children feel safe and are empowered to make safe choices.
Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Nigel Taylor


Nigel was an Independent Head for 26 years, DSL, and former Board member of Surrey Safeguarding Children’s Partnership. He is Safeguarding Governor for The Mill Hill Schools’ Foundation and Hazelwood Prep, Chair of The Advisory Board of The British Academy School Marrakech, Board Member of the Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools (AGBIS) and experienced governance auditor. He is an accredited NSPCC trainer, GBH Law Schools team and consultant to CPOMS.

Providing child protection and safeguarding policies, procedures and services for any organisation working with Children or Vulnerable adults

Milly Wildish


Milly spent 10 years as a detective and safeguarding lead in the Metropolitan police working directly with victims of CSE, DV, HBV and child abuse. Milly is also a specialist arbitrator and National Safeguarding Panel member for Sports Resolution UK. She is passionate about delivering high quality safeguarding training.


The Independent Safeguarding Service is supported by an Expert Reference Group (ERG) of national safeguarding experts. The ERG accredit all our safeguarding products and services and guide all our safeguarding activities.
These are honorary positions and we are always looking for new members. If you have the time to spare, the suitable skills and profile, and are interested in supporting our vision, please get in touch.

Alan Critchley (Chair)

Alan is an independent reviewer of LSCBs, he has national media experience including appearances on “Woman’s Hour” and “The Politics Show” and is Chair of trustees for a Children’s Rights charity.

Tony Pape

Tony is an experienced social worker with ten years of experience delivering operational and strategic safeguarding within a local authority setting. He specialises in Adults Safeguarding.

Vahab Bhikhi

Headteacher and founder of Darul Atfaal, a charity and education centre for children and young adults. Became the youngest Imam in England in 2010. He is currently working with the local and wider communities.

Gillian Nash

Gillian has twenty years in children’s social care, sixteen as a qualified social worker specialising in child protection, risk response and organisational safeguarding.

Sharon Springer

Sharon Springer is an experienced Social Worker with a background in Local Authority Children & Families Services, as a Team Manager and Child Protection Chair.

Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca is a Health and Safety Manager currently operating in the hospitality sector with a background in Education Business Partnerships and vocational training.

Yunus Dudhwala

Yunus has a wealth of experience serving his community both as an Imam and as a Head of Chaplaincy within a large London hospital. He provides advice and support accross a variety of organisations within the charity sector.

Neil Cruden

Neil is a seasoned Health & Safety practitioner with over 20 years experience in the industry and is currently the Managing Director of LimeTree Solutions, a risk-based Health & Safety consultancy that specialises in providing the private sector with practical and cost effective operational solutions for all commercial risks.

Marijke Heatrick

Marijke specialises in intervention with perpetrators of domestic abuse. She is also a qualified Social Worker with extensive experience in a variety of roles working with children and their families in statutory child protection settings. 

Mark Robson

Mark has spent 30 years in the Metropolitan Police Service as a Detective investigating complex crime and child safeguarding. He has LADO experience with LB Redbridge and a Safeguarding Support Manger with Premier League. Mark is also an Independent Safeguarding Investigator.

Shahid Mahmood

Shahid is the Community Development Manager at Minhaj ul Quran International(London) With over 30 years in Welfare to Work experience including Jobcentre, VSO, Charity and Community Development from grass roots to International level

Sally Mevo

Sally has over 20 years experience in children’s services covering a multitude of areas including Safeguarding, Looked After Children, Family Group Conferencing, LADO, Child Death Overview Panel, Children in Care Council, and Care Proceedings.

Jackie Ferdinand

Former Designated Safeguarding Lead in the Education sector, Jackie is currently West Ham United’s Head of Safeguarding, Foundation Trustee, and an Executive of her Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.

Faiza Yassin

Faiza brings with her a wealth of experience from the Education Sector. As a Headteacher and Safeguarding Lead within an independent faith school, she is passionate about safeguarding both in her local community and further afield.

Yasmin Awan

Yasmin is an experienced social worker with over 20 years’ experience in safeguarding. She currently specialises in Fostering, Connected Persons and Special Guardianship.

Jacqui Waine

Jacqui has been involved in primary education since 1992. She is a Headteacher and Senior Lead for Safeguarding in a Primary Education setting.

Jo Elbourn

Jo has experience in both operational and managerial multi agency safeguarding. She is a senior partner in front line protection of vulnerable children and adults.

Adam Fearon-Stanley

Adam is an experienced social worker, with 15 years experience in Child Protection, Looked After Children, Youth Offending, Disabled Children Services, and Hospital Social Work. Adam also beings LADO experience and is a current Lead for IRO’s in a large London Authority.

Lesley Fish

Lesley is the Safeguarding Manager for a group of Independent schools which provides specialist education & behavioural support for pupils with Social, Mental and Emotional Health issues and Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Gillian Dineen

Gillian has been a teacher for over 20 years. She is currently the Headteacher and Senior Safeguarding Lead of a large secondary school. Gillian understands the vital importance of effective safeguarding practices in protecting young people and staff within the Education sector.

Tom Loomes

Tom has 10 years Social Work recruitment experience and is currently managing the London Social Work department at Sanctuary Personnel, dealing with both Adult and Children’s services.

Viv Rimmer

With a background including Head of Safeguarding Standards and Principal Social Worker within a London Authority,  Viv is now the Rugby Football Union's Head of Safeguarding, is a Safeguarding Governor for a local primary and secondary school and has lead responsibility for safeguarding in her local Parish.

Reanne Turner

Reanne has extensive experience in both the local authority and voluntary sector as the strategic and operational lead for CSE, missing and trafficking. Her work in these roles has included developing an innovative Safeguarding in Public Spaces project using a Contextual Safeguarding approach. Reanne also has considerable experience in delivering CSE, missing and safeguarding training to professionals from all sectors.

Subina Begum

Subina brings extensive experience within the Early Years sector. As a qualified Early Years Practitioner of 13 years, Subina is currently a Children's Centre Coordinator as well as the Safeguarding Lead within a Children's Centre in London. Her mission is to ensure all children grow up in a safe environment where they are happy, healthy, have access to a quality education provision and to promote their individual outcomes.

Amy Strode

Having worked as a teacher and within wider education as part of the government’s Prevent strategy, Amy has a broad knowledge of safeguarding, specialising in counter-terrorism. Working with adults and young people in a wide range of community-based environments, Amy delivers bespoke training and consultancy to build confidence in tackling safeguarding proactively and collaboratively.

  • West Ham2

    The trainer's willingness to work with me to incorporate organisational challenges and safeguarding business priorities was exceptional and made for a far more meaningful and useful delivery. That, coupled with the presenter's wealth of knowledge and presentation of current case studies, helped cement knowledge and understanding.

    - West Ham United Football Club

  • Accability

    We have used the Independent Safeguarding Service for a few years now as we needed to ensure our safeguarding procedures and policies were up to date and kept that way.  They have proved to be an informative and reliable source of information that has proved invaluable.  Thanks ISS.

    - Accability

  • Portsmouth

    Training was at a high standard, information was completely up to date (hot off the press in fact) and delivered in an engaging, manageable way.

    - Portsmouth High School

  • Heartful

    Nick at ISS has been a real lifeline to me in sharing his expert safeguarding knowledge and helping me to carefully consider the often complex nuances of safeguarding in the context of therapeutic work with clients. He is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and always goes that extra mile to support small businesses with their safeguarding practice.

    - Heartful Therapy

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    “We have used the Independent Safeguarding Service for a few years now as we needed to ensure our safeguarding procedures and policies were up to date and kept that way. They have proved to be an informative and reliable source of information that has proved invaluable. Thanks ISS.

    - London Borough of Waltham Forest

  • Brighton Girls

    I was very impressed with the DSL training & how it was delivered. It kept my attention & was stimulating unlike previous training I have completed.

    - Brighton Girls

  • NHS2

    A really engaging presenter and it really was the most useful training on safeguarding that I've attended. Rarely does it really offer practical advice on implementing policy.

    - Northampton High School

  • G4s3

    I wanted to thank you for your support over the years on your Safeguarding knowledge and expertise. In particular on the development of our policy as well as the resources your service provides as an addition to our mandatory training.

    - G4S

  • Streatham

    The trainer was experienced and presented the material well. I felt that this was a more useful course than the similar one I attended 3 years ago because it made the processes at local authority level clearer.

    - Streatham & Clapham High School

  • Frontline19

    Nick and ISS have supported Frontline19 so incredibly well to develop effective and robust safeguarding systems for our newly established organisation. From patiently helping us with policies and procedures, to offering high quality training and support around safer recruitment, we feel extremely reassured at every step that we are in great hands.

    - Frontline19

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    Excellent trainer, easy to listen to and great delivery of information - great format to learn in - courses more accessible being online

    - Norwich High School for Girls

  • Nick has a unique competence in so many areas of safeguarding, both with children and adults. We could not have fine-tuned our practice without his help. The online training by ISS is engaging, cutting edge and professional. The fact you can log on remotely while still asking questions for a tailored experience suited us so well. Thank you!

    - Frontline19

  • Eton X2

    We felt that the training was very useful and has given us more context to our safeguarding duties and a lot of useful and important pointers to materials to go through as well as ideas for areas of improvement. Most importantly, it has made us more confident in our roles as DSL and DDSL.

    - Eton-X

  • Bhsa

    The DSL training was very very good. Very knowledgeable trainer, I now feel more confident in my role as deputy DSL, Thank you.

    - Birkenhead High School Academy

  • Kensington

    It was by far the most interesting and potentially useful Level 3 course I have completed: I have completed at least five in my career so far. Thank you so much for organising such a superb training.

    - Kensington Prep School

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    Thank you for your safeguarding consultancy. It has been so helpful for our whole team. The online training resource has been invaluable for our staff to tap in to and has been really well received as CPD.

    - Limetree Solutions UK

  • Hsa

    I would highly recommend ISS for their safeguarding consultancy, advice and training. Really friendly and reliable service with the most updated staff members working in their respective fields

    - Health & Safety Assured

  • Tribus

    Professional and reliable service from true experts in safeguarding. Would highly recommend ISS's services to anyone.

    - Tribus Consulting

  • WHS2

    DSL Traning objectives met and surpassed - best safeguarding training I’ve been on to date!

    - Wimbledon High School

  • Ywam

    Thanks so much for your helpfulness - and for the excellent training on Saturday. We so appreciate working with ISS and it's going to help us up our game in lots of ways.

    - YWAM The King's Lodge

  • Croydon2

    This was the best safeguarding training I've been on. Lack of personal stories or scaremongering - astute observations of how things go in schools in practice and firm conviction in what responses would be appropriate. Empathy with the audience, not patronising, but confident.

    - Croydon High School

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