Deborah Somerset has been working with children and young people for over 30 years, beginning in school when she was in the 6th form. She gained her NNEB in 1989 and then in 1993, an Honours Degree in Government.
In a very varied career, Deborah has enjoyed working with children and young people, across all age ranges. She has worked in schools as a Learning Mentor, as a Youth Offending Team Officer, Residential; Support Worker in Children’s Secure Units and Anti-Bullying Support Officer for a Local Authority, where Deborah wrote the appropriate policy for the Local Education Authority.
Deborah has also been employed as a Safeguarding Children Training Service Co-ordinator. Here she managed a team of 10 volunteer Trainers and an admin colleague. This was to ensure the voluntary and community sector received effective and appropriate safeguarding children training.
When Deborah’s role was made redundant she was already studying for qualifications in Adult Learning. Deborah gained a PGCE in Lifelong Learning. This supported her in setting up a Safeguarding Children and Adult at Risk training and consultancy company, in 2011.
Safeguarding and child protection training for national children’s charities, in addition to supporting those from many different agencies, including Social Workers, Police Health, Criminal Justice, Childrens Residential and Probation.
As well as training and consulting locally, Deborah works nationally and internationally and was an integral part of a groundbreaking project to training Imams in safeguarding and child protection.
Deborah lives in North Nottinghamshire, Robin Hood County. She is a keen marathon runner and gym goer. In addition, she has a stepdaughter and 3 amazing grandchildren. Deborah also trains on a voluntary basis for Sheffield Safeguarding Adult Partnership. She is also a volunteer Someone Like Me telephone supporter, for Breast Cancer Now.
Deborah is thrilled to join the talented and forward-thinking team, at MBK. She is passionate about Early Years practitioners having the knowledge, skills and confidence required to ensure that children in their care receive quality care and education, through a variety of courses and interventions.