Children with Disabilities Team, East
Rosie Andrews – Social Worker
I am a social worker in the Children with Disabilities Team. I have been in the team since July 2017, I am nearing the end of my Assessed and Supported Year in Employment as I was newly qualified when I joined the team. I am in the East team for Children with disabilities, based in the Mendip Office but covering both Mendip and South Somerset.
Phone: 01749 822945
Mendip District Council (1st Floor), Cannards Grave Road, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 5BT
Leaving Care Team
Lea Jones – Experienced Social Worker
Due to complexity of some Care Leavers’ needs, new social worker posts were created Leaving Care Service within Somerset Children Social Care in 2017. I took up post in November 2017 and is an Experienced Social Worker with 25 years’ experience including in the statutory and voluntary sector, and in residential, children looked after and safeguarding settings
The core work of the LC SWs is with 18-21 year old care leavers with complex needs, including those who have been / are being sexually exploited, preparation for parenthood and provision of support for care leaver parents
This involves acting in an advisory capacity to the LC staff or direct working for a period of time alongside the Leaving Care Worker. A major of focus is multi agency working to share assessment and management of risk.
Phone : 01935 463639
Mobile: 07919 540474
Children’s Social Care PO Box 5199, Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 9FJ
Children’s Social Care
Sarah Slevin – Consultant Social Worker
As part of my role I support the identification of children and young people who are at risk of CSE, including the level or risk they are at and review this through a threshold meeting. I then provide consultation to the allocated worker on actions to take to reduce the risk to the child or young person, this can include strategy discussions, safety plans, direct work plans, or undertaking a visit to the child or young person. Additionally I deliver training on CSE across the social work teams, including direct work and working with parents and carers of children and young people at risk of CSE.
Phone: 01935 463584
Mobile: 07584 175224
Brympton Way, Yeovil, BA20 9FJ
Karina Gardiner – Early Help Officer
I manage a team of Family Support Workers within South Somerset who work at Level 3. I have been managing the team since June 2015.
I plan to roll out the delivery of the CSE training to Family Support Workers to enable them to support families 1:1 and groups. Furthermore, I plan to deliver CSE Working with Parents directly to families in partnership with Schools and other agencies. I also aim to be the ‘go to’ for advice and support for Family Support Workers concerned about children, young people and their families.
Phone: 01935 849528
Mobile: 07469 413422
Little Marsh Children’s Centre, Illustrious Crescent, Ilchester, BA22 8JX
Somerset-wide Integrated Sexual Health
Sarah Davies – Young People’s Outreach and Exploitation Nurse
I am the SWISH service’s outreach and exploitation nurse. This role was created to provide specialist contraception and sexual health support to vulnerable young people at high risk of unintended pregnancy and poor sexual health, who are not effectively accessing mainstream services. I am able to support other professionals working with vulnerable young people’s where they are not able to independently (or with appropriate support) access sexual health services.
Young people who may require the service are:
- A young person working with Targeted Youth Support, The Youth Offending Team or Barnardo’s Against Sexual Exploitation project (BASE) and are sexually active.
- A young person who is a victim of or where there is evidence they are at risk of child sexual exploitation.
- A young person in care or in leaving care, who is sexually active and is unable or unwilling to access sexual health services.
- Not in education, employment or training (NEET), sexually active and not accessing sexual health services.
- Is known to children’s social care and is unable to access sexual health services independently or through family/carer support.
- A young person known to P2I service and is sexually active and not accessing sexual health services.
- A young person known to CAMHS who is sexually active and not accessing sexual health services.
Millstream House, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4AS
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Rich Painter – Head of Safeguarding
I have been the Head of Safeguarding for Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Sompar) for the last three and a half years. I have had to date a 25 year career of working in health and social care in various social work and safeguarding roles. Rich leads the Sompar integrated Safeguarding Service for Adults and Children. Rich is also an active member of the Somerset Safeguarding Children (SSCB) and Safeguarding Adults (SAB) Boards and a member of the SSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Exec Group and CSE Sub-Group.
Working alongside the other Child Sexual Exploitation Champions from Sompar- Sarah Ashe- Safeguarding Children Lead, Sarah Davies –Somerset Wide Integrated Sexual Health Service (SWISH) and the Outreach Team Manager from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Rich thinks they have the Sompar Services covered. The other Sompar champions have a specific role with their areas of services and I have a strategic lead role to ensure that all other Trusts services have an awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation, know how to respond appropriately to concerns and understand what is expected of them as health professionals to support patients and families who receive health care services from the Trust.
Mobile: 07825 522677
Somerset Partnership Safeguarding Service: 0300 323 0035
Bridgwater Police Centre, Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Holly Court, Yeovil
Support Services for Education
Jane Weatherill – Education Safeguarding Advisor
The Early Years and Education Safeguarding Team sit in Support Services for Education and provide advice, information and guidance to Early Years and education settings on their safeguarding arrangements and practice. Our aim is to equip education staff with the knowledge and skills to protect children and young people from harm, support them to develop their potential and to create an environment where they feel safe to learn.
This service is for all educational organisations and their staff, including governing bodies.
As a CSE champion it is my aim to provide a clear education voice on the managing of CSE and support those education providers concerned about the risks of CSE for young people by providing guidance and advice.
Phone: 01823 355014
B2S County Hall, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 4DY
I am employed as a locum Independent Safeguarding and Reviewing Officer with responsibility for chairing Child Protection Conferences and Child Looked After Reviews. Within this role I have lead responsibility for providing consultation to Social Workers and Team Managers in regards to Children with a Disability and Child Sexual Exploitation. As I travel around the County during the working week the best way to contact me is via email and I will respond as soon as I am able. I am also a MOMO Champion for Children who are Looked After.
Independent Safeguarding and Review Officer
Safeguarding, Care & Quality Assurance
Phone: 01823 59297
Telephone: 07802 837331
Musgrove Park Hospital
Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children at Musgrove Park Hospital
My name is Emma Clothier and I am the Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children at Musgrove Park Hospital. In my role I provide expert advice and support on a daily basis to a wide ranging workforce on all aspects of safeguarding children.
I see my role as CSE Champion as being a lead contact within my organisation for staff to be able to approach for advice and support in relation to CSE. As well as being up to date with local and national policies and publications I would like to be able to advise and signpost staff in relation to specific cases. I will also disseminate information and resources throughout the trust.
Named Nurse for Safeguarding Children
Department of Paediatrics
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Phone: 01823 343846
Mobile: 07717 274830
Children's Social Care - Taunton
Consultant Social Worker
Taunton Children’s Social Care
Mobile: 07976 694210
I am a Consultant Social Worker based in the Taunton office across the Assessment, Safeguarding and Children Looked After teams. I have been a qualified Social Worker for twelve years during which I have spent predominantly working in the Statutory Child Protection arena.
I was allocated the role of CSE champion shortly after I joined Somerset County Council in October 2016 and am working to support my colleagues to identify and respond proportionately to CSE concerns and promote good, open, multi-agency working and information sharing with our partner agencies e.g. education, police and Barnardo’s. In Taunton we’ve been developing our working practices to include Androulla (Andri) Nicolaou (Co-ordinator West of England CSE Victim Identification and Support Service, Avon and Somerset Police) in order to improve the information sharing in relation to alleged perpetrators of CSE so that we can work together to develop local knowledge and understanding of the issues.
In my spare time, I’m an Exeter City Fan and you will find me on the side lines of local football pitches cheering on my daughter.
Assessment Team Sedgemoor
Sarah Cummins – Social Worker based in Sedgemoor
I work directly with young people who are at risk of CSE or who are being sexually exploited. A common theme of CSE is that young people do not recognise that they are being exploited, and so my direct work helps young people to understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how to keep themselves safe. I also work alongside parents and professionals to help them understand CSE and the associated risks and to help them put measures in to place that reduce the risk to the young person. My role includes working alongside partnership agencies such as the Police, Health, Education and BASE to share information and create strategies that protect young people from harm. If necessary I represent the Local Authority in their statutory duty to protect children from harm when parents cannot fulfil this role.
Within my own organisation I support colleagues in the identification of CSE and help them to develop plans which aim to keep the young person safe. I support strategy discussions where there are concerns of numerous CSE victims and attend mapping meetings where we can identify vulnerable young people at risk as well as hot spots and perpetrators of CSE. I also deliver CSE training both for the continuing professional development of the Sedgemoor social work team and multiagency colleagues.
Phone: 01278 447999
Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Council
Lisa Redston-Community and Housing Lead (HPC) – Energy Infrastructure
I am the Deputy Safeguarding Lead for Taunton Deane Borough Council and West Somerset Council. My day to day role within Taunton Deane and West Somerset Council is linked to the Hinkley Point C development, however I also support the Councils to ensure that our policies, practises, procedures and staff training support the safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
I represent the District Councils and Registered Housing Providers across Somerset on the Child Sexual Exploitation Subgroup of the SSCB and help to ensure best practise is shared in relation to policies, practises and staff training across all Councils and Housing Provider services in Somerset. The District Councils also work together to raise awareness of CSE with the wider community and especially with the Licensed trades that we come into contact with such as pubs, taxi’s, hotels and fast food establishment.
Phone: 01984 600180
Royal Navy Royal Marines Wefare
Richard Abbot – RNRMW Social Worker
I served in the Royal Navy from 1981 to 2007 initially in the Communication’s branch before transferring to Naval Personal Family Service now Royal Navy Royal Marines Welfare (RNRMW) in 1998. I qualified as a social worker from the Open University, obtaining my Diploma in Social Work in 2002, then consequently my BA 1st Class Honours Degree in Social Work in 2012. Within RNRMW I have worked in Portsmouth, Gosport, Poole and Gibraltar. I am currently employed as an Advanced Social Worker at RNAS Yeovilton in Ilchester, Somerset and have been in my current position since January 2017. I left the Royal Navy in 2007 whilst in Gibraltar and gained employment as a Civil Servant within the Ministry of Defence.
RNRMW work as a multi-disciplinary team to ensure support is available to Naval Service Personnel and their Families, with a commitment to deliver high quality services. The team works closely with service personnel to alleviate and mitigate the potential stresses of naval life upon them, their family and friends. Three pillars of support are provided, Specialist Welfare, Community and Information/communication. These are delivered through:
- A confidential and comprehensive social work service for Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel and their families.
- A professional service to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Executive and Divisional/Regimental system.
- A link between service personnel and their family in times of difficulty.
- A proactive community service.
- Welfare Information Support TeamRNRMW Central Hub
Tel: (Civ): 01935 455277
(Mil) : 93510 5277
-Family Support Worker Getset services
I am a level 3 Family Support Worker within getset services. I am based at Little marsh Children’s Centre, Ilchester.
I work with complex families and have previously supported young people who have been identified as being at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation.
I will be delivering information sessions on CSE to parents in various settings, working in conjunction with schools and other agencies to target parents who have been identified as having potentially vulnerable children.
I am currently completing a Master’s Degree in Advanced Child Protection through the University of Kent with a view to specialising in the prevention and detection of Child Sexual Exploitation in the future, through supporting other agencies through education of employees in CSE.
Little Marsh Children’s Centre
tel 01935 849528
mobile 07767 004404
Avon and Somerset Constabulary
Detective Sgt Becky Maddison
Tel 01278 644584
Sedgemoor District Council
Community Safety officer and Safeguarding Lead
I am Community Safety Officer and safeguarding Lead for Sedgemoor district Council. Within my role I deliver Safeguard Training to apprentices and new starters and 3 yearly mandatory training of Safeguarding/CSE and preventing Violent Extremism. I have also completed the WRAP course for train the trainer. Within my role I also lead Highbridge and Burnham on Sea Together Team meeting weekly in Highbridge and Burnham on Sea. Prior to becoming Community Safety Officer I worked in Revenues as a Revenues/Recovery Officer and recently over past 4 years was Money Advice officer. Prior to joining the council 10 years ago I worked in Nursing for 17 years. Within my role in Sedgemoor I work closely with Together Teams in and around Sedgemoor, Police, Health Visitors, Schools, and various other professional bodies.
Sedgemoor District Council
Housing Health & Wellbeing
telephone : 01278 435404
mobile : 07876131034
Permanence Team Manager
Adoption Support Services Advisor (ASSA).
Somerset Children’s Services,
I am currently Permanence Team Manager with the lead responsibility for post-adoption support. Previously I have worked in a range of frontline children’s social care team’s across Somerset. I was involved in setting up and managing a range of evidenced based treatment foster care programmes just prior to moving into the permanence team. I am based in Taunton but I manage a service that is countywide.
children's Social Care -Sedgemoor