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Kenny Gibson

Kenny Gibson

Head of Safeguarding,
NHS England

Kenny Gibson is the National Head of Safeguarding for the NHS, overseeing several portfolios including Exploitation, Contextual Safeguarding; Trauma Informed Care; Prevent in the NHS and Child Protection Information System. Having begun his NHS career as a laundry assistant in 1980 at a mental health unit, Kenny was encouraged to become a nursing assistant and then trained as a nurse and then a midwife. Kenny has held various operational, management and strategic posts in both community and public health but always with nursing at the heart of these roles. Prior to becoming the Head of Safeguarding for NHS England, Kenny was the Head of Public Health Commissioning for London. Kenny is passionate about connecting with and listening to patients, carers and health practitioners in order to improve services and experiences within the NHS, as well as to empower people about their own well-being. You can follow Kenny on Twitter at: @KennyGibsonNHS or @NHSSafeguarding

  • Assessing the roll out of the Child Protection–Information Sharing (CP-IS) system in supporting effective multi-agency responses for children on protection plans
  • Embedding the voices of victims and lived experiences within the delivery of the Sexual Assault and Abuse Service Strategy
  • Exploring the next steps in enhancing safeguarding training and awareness for all frontline NHS staff
  • Understanding how healthcare professionals can successfully spot signs and raise concerns when in contact with children at risk of sexual abuse or exploitation
  • Analysing the role of an effective healthcare response for victims of CSE