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Deborah Somerset

Deborah has a wealth of experience in working directly with children and young people.  She has been a Learning Mentor in school, Residential Social Worker in a Secure Unit and Bail and Remand Support Officer in a Youth Offending Team.  She has also worked for both a Local Authority as an Anti-Bullying Support Officer and national charity, as a Safeguarding Children Training Coordinator.

For the past 15 years, Deborah has been designing and delivering safeguarding children and adult at risk, training and consultancy.  She has worked locally, nationally and internationally, with many large organisations and children`s charities, including Barnardos, Kidscape and the NSPCC.  Deborah thrives on the challenge of making training relevant, interesting and thought provoking.  She likes to think of it as communicating serious messages, using fun methods!

Continuous professional development is hugely important to Deborah and she has recently been awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Child Protection.  This was conferred by the Centre for Child Protection, at the University of Kent.

Deborah is also hugely excited to offer accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) (Adults) training, having recently completing her Instructor training.  This will allow her to further support organisations by delivering bespoke MHFA training and support.  Deborah passionately believes an organisations` most important resource is their staff and keeping them mentally well is both crucial and cost effective.

Deborah trains on a voluntary basis for Sheffield Safeguarding Adult Board and the Safer Living Foundation, in addition to offering for FFA e-mail and telephone support to clients, on behalf of Breast Cancer Care.