Deborah Somerset is a qualified adult learning tutor, experienced safeguarding children and adults` at risk trainer, consultant and conference speaker. She has worked in secondary schools, where she qualified as a Mentor, as well as a Secure Children`s Unit and a Youth Offending Team and Behaviour Support Service, where she wrote the anti-bullying policy for the Local Education Authority.
Deborah regularly reviews and develops safeguarding policies and procedures for various groups and organisations. As an Anti-Bullying Support Officer, Deborah also mediated between schools and parents around issues of bullying and trained/advised staff regarding anti-bullying strategies. Deborah then worked as a Safeguarding Children Training Co-Ordinator, before setting up DSM Safeguarding Solutions Limited, in 2011.
Deborah is based in Nottinghamshire, and has trained locally, nationally and internationally, working as an Associate Consultant with NSPCC, Barnardos and Kidscape. She has trained on behalf of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (now Safeguarding Children Partnerships) and is currently a volunteer trainer for Sheffield Safeguarding Adult Board.
Deborah has a particular flair for bringing energy and creativity to both the development and delivery of her bespoke training sessions and delights in supporting learners to grasp difficult concepts, allowing them to be transferred back into practice. Her training consistently receives extremely positive feedback.
Continuing Professional Development is extremely important to Deborah and she has recently gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Advanced Child Protection, in addition to now being a qualified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Champion and Instructor. This equips Deborah to deliver the accredited two-day (Adult) MHFA, course. She is a firm believer that any organisation’s most valuable asset is its staff. Create a supportive, open and nurturing environment and this may encourage staff to discuss difficulties they are experiencing.
This forward-thinking ethos is crucial for staff working in situations of emotional and behavioural challenge, with children, young people and adults at risk.