Steve has a wealth of experience in Children’s Services, at both operational and managerial levels. He has been a Head of Service for Integrated Safeguarding and Early Intervention, as well as leading on the development of integrated services, including health, social care, and education. This included the implementation of locality vulnerable children meetings, which were nationally recognised as good practice by OFSTED and the Local Government Association.
For the past five years he has worked with areas across the country on exploitation, adolescent safeguarding and the transition into adulthood. This work has been across both children and adult partnerships, sharing learning ,practice, research, and resources to help inform local responses .
He has authored a report “Exploitation It Does Not Stop Because You Turn 18 “and also developed a benchmarking tool to support practice working with 16/17 year olds and the transition into adulthood. He delivers workshops, presentations and training in this area.
Recently, Steve has worked with the Children’s Society to develop the Missing Benchmarking tool which has been used by areas across the country. He has also co-authored Making Words Matter to support reflection on the use of language used in exploitation . Additionally, he has also been part of a small multi agency project group that developed the Transitional Safeguarding Briefing – Bridging the Gap which was published earlier in the year (June 2021).