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Education Child Protection is a specialist training and consultancy provider to anyone who comes into contact with children and vulnerable adults. We are proud to provide some of the best Child Protection, Adults at Risk and Online Safety training within the UK. The company has secured many contracts nationwide, including direct delivery of training on behalf of Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018) places a duty on all employers to ensure that their staff are competent and confident in carrying out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting children and young people’s welfare.

This is where we can help; we specialise in offering training throughout any organisation to suit your requirements i.e. one day, half-day, updates or twilight sessions.

All our courses comply with the national child protection framework consisting of legislation including:

  • The Children Act (1989),
  • Section 11 of the Children Act (2004),
  • Children and Social Work Act (2017) and
  • Section 175 of the Education Act (2002);

The latest government guidance, and local arrangements including:

  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018),
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021),
  • The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS September 2021),
  • Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships


The content of all courses has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines and is assessed by the CPD Service and an independent assessor.


Meet the team

Nicole was nominated for the The NSPCC & BASPCAN Child Protection Trainer of the Year Award 2019

Nicole Williamson

Operations Director

Nicole is a Psychology graduate with QTS (PGCE) and a Level 6 qualification in Leadership and Management. Nicole has spent most of her professional career in management of children and young people’s services within Local Authorities and the voluntary sector.

With this wealth of experience, Nicole moved into a Head of Training role where she led teams of trainers delivering Apprenticeships in Youth Work and Playwork, Diplomas and Core Skills programmes for professionals working with children and young people as well as young people training and intervention programmes including youth work, group work, dance, sports and leadership.

Nicole’s specialisms are Safeguarding, Leadership and Management. Nicole has represented and delivered training for the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards nationally and undertaken the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead in each of her managerial positions throughout her career.

In addition, Nicole has developed and implemented Audit, Policy Development and Safer Staffing procedures, supporting organisations to ensure the highest standards of protecting children are reached.

Nicole has also been a counsellor for Childline and developed Safeguarding programmes which she delivered to teaching staff in The Gambia for a period of 3 years.

Leonie Maddin

Business Manager

Leonie graduated with a Degree in Working with Young People, and has worked in a variety of roles in the youth work sector. Specialising in supporting extremely vulnerable young people, Leonie gained a wealth of experience in the charity sector working with homeless children and families and local authority youth services.

Leonie has delivered extensive prevention education programmes and training throughout Hertfordshire, working with both young people in schools and professionals that support young people. Facilitating and implementing these programmes in a wide variety of settings gives Leonie the experience to support our diverse and wide-reaching training programme.

Throughout her various roles, she has also gained qualifications in Teacher Training, Mediation, and hopes to soon complete her studies in Counselling Skills to continue her passion of supporting people in the community.

Heather McDaid

Safeguarding Consultant

Heather completed both her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Ireland. Thereafter the majority of her professional career has been working in Asia and the United Kingdom. Heather has always worked with and for young people. Her different job roles may have focused on different aspects and periods in a young person’s life, but the core focus has never deviated; keeping young people safe, happy and healthy.

Heather has worked as an English Language Teacher in Thailand, Early Intervention Project Lead in London and Teaching and Care Coordinator in Nepal; within all the organisations Heather has engaged with, she has always taken on safeguarding as an additional responsibility. Heather’s passion and enthusiasm for safeguarding lead to working with safeguarding as a specialist area. Firstly, as the Safeguarding Advisor for the Marine Society and Sea Cadets and thereafter as the Head of Safeguarding for a national education charity and a local grassroots community organisation.

In all her roles Heather advised, coached, trained and lead staff to reaching the best possible outcome for all service users while supporting and encouraging staff to hone their own professional skills in the process. Additionally, Heather was the DSL within both roles, holding accountability for the implementation of safeguarding policies, procedures and systems managements on a local and national basis. 

In her personal time, Heather is a crisis volunteer for Shout the mental health charity as well as a volunteer Soho Angel’s (designed to make London’s nightlife safer for everyone).

Katrina Curtis

Safeguarding Consultant

Katrina is an experienced Trainer and assessor with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organisation training industry. Katrina is skilled in communication, visual learning, youth empowerment, team effectiveness and team leadership.

Katrina worked for seven years for Hertfordshire Constabulary as a volunteer and a Police Constable. Katrina has been exposed to a number of incidents which means her knowledge and experience of law and child protection are a key interest and strength of hers.

Upon leaving the police, Katrina lectured across a range of Public Service courses, providing high quality teaching, learning and assessment and internal moderation from entry to degree level courses.

Katrina left ECP in 2020 to work for Hertfordshire Constabulary as a Law Trainer. She supervised, trained and assessed new Police Constables in their initial training period before they start operational policing. She has now left the police and has returned ECP as a Safeguarding Consultant.

Senior Education Specialist

Leo Latter

Senior Education Specialist

Academic background: BA (Hons) in Geography and Social Science from the University of Sussex; Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Geography) from the Institute of Education, University of Sussex.

Leo is an experienced Senior Leader within the secondary education sector with a career covering 25 years. During this time, Leo has been an Assistant Headteacher for over 10 years overseeing the following areas of strategic leadership: Designated Safeguarding Lead, SEND & Inclusion, Pastoral leadership and external relationships. Prior to this, Leo held a number of roles including SENDCo and Head of Year.

Leo has a range of safeguarding, pastoral and SEND experience, including working in a Pupil Referral Unit in the London Borough of Camden for three years. His continuing professional development has enriched his abilities as a reflective practitioner, team worker and leader. He has participated in a range of intensive development courses including: ‘Aspiring Senior Leaders’ at the National College; ‘Leading from the Middle’ at the Institute of Education; a yearlong National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance; and a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.

Leo is passionate about environmental geography and issues of sustainability. He loves the big outdoors, including walking, climbing and wild camping.

Amy Hanson

Safeguarding Consultant

Having qualified as a Social Worker in 2010, Amy has worked as a Senior Social Worker in a variety of teams, including frontline child protection, children with disabilities, looked after children and children who are being adopted. Amy has extensive court work experience within the child protection arena and have been involved in the review process for child deaths within London, working with other multi-agency professionals to determine how agencies can work better together to safeguard children.

Alongside being an safeguarding consultant for ECP, Amy is Team Manager of a pioneering social work team with a specialist role within Domestic Abuse.

It is this background and experience that provides Amy with her expertise in child protection which she enjoys sharing with ECP’s training sessions.

Lizzy Duck

Safeguarding Consultant

Lizzy’s career has specialised in delivering education interventions across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. Lizzy completed her degree in Sports Science and Psychology, thereafter completing a Masters in Sports Psychology.

Over the past 17 years, Lizzy’s professional roles have included physical education, sports coaching, playwork and young work and she’s had a hands-on approach to many projects with children, young people and adults of varying abilities.

In 2018 Lizzy set-up her own company and as a director runs a successful out of school provision and other consultancy across schools within physical education and specialist sports sessions.

Lorna Ponambalum

Safeguarding Consultant

Lorna is a strategic senior leadership education professional with experience of serving on a Governing board, Senior Leadership Team (SLT) experience since 2003 and teaching experience since 1997. She holds a BSc and PGCE and has vast experience of inner -city education, working with the most vulnerable of children and young people including special educational needs and disability (SEND) as well as Looked after children (LAC).

Lorna has experience of leading on and is a champion for Inclusion, safeguarding, anti-bullying, attendance, behaviour and mental health as well as being a trained mental health first aider. She is highly experienced as a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and not only recognised as an outstanding teacher by Ofsted but has led her schools to outstanding inspections for safeguarding under her inclusive leadership with Ofsted quoting on one occasion ‘The school’s arrangements for safeguarding children and young people are outstanding’.

Lorna has been on the SLT of two recent Ofsted inspections where the schools have been judged as ‘good with outstanding features’, she has managed large local authority(LA) safeguarding initiatives, represented on working groups, worked on Self-evaluation forms (SEF), school improvement plans (SIP), and is familiar with single central registers (SCR). She has  developed and delivered INSET and continued professional development (CPD) training to multi agency education professionals including teachers, pastoral and therapeutic staff as well as leaders. She has also managed teams and supported staff well to develop and implement policy and safeguarding systems, this is to meet quality assurance compliance cycles and standards to ensure children and young people are kept safe.

This is Sue Manning Managing Director

Sue was a finalist for the The NSPCC & BASPCAN Child Protection Trainer of the Year Award 2019

Sue award NSPCC

Sue Manning


Director - 2002-2020

Sue spent most of her professional career as a secondary school teacher in London, with her last role in senior management for one of Cambridgeshire’s most successful Village Colleges.

Sue was Chair of Governor’s for a large Hertfordshire primary school for four years. With this wealth of experience, she moved into an advisory teacher role with the flagship Child Protection Service for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

In 2002, Sue set up Education Child Protection LTD, training any practitioners who work with children from early years to sixth form colleges. Sue went on to lecture at three universities, work as an Investigating Officer for Cambridgeshire Children’s Services, become a trainer assessor, a multi-agency trainer for a number of safeguarding boards and an ambassador for CEOP.

Sue has consulted for one of the largest chains of nursery provision in the United Kingdom and has been a regular conference speaker in the world of Child Protection. In addition, Sue has worked as a counsellor for Childline and Childline Schools service and an adult counsellor for NAPAC.

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Colin Lock

HR Consultant

An experienced practitioner with 25 years Board level experience, Colin has worked with the ECP Board in an advisory capacity since 2017.

During his career he has advised on all areas of HR, from recruitment and induction to developing and implementing policies and procedures for SME’S, building learning and development platforms, and managing HR centric projects.

As well as working on the development of HR initiatives, Colin provides advice and counsel to the Board on a range of business centric matters.

Colin has been a Fellow of the CIPD since 2013 and sits as a Committee Member of the Hertfordshire Branch of the CIPD.



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