I'm Kim Dickinson, the person behind Holistic Safeguarding. I predominately run Holistic Safeguarding. However, when needed, a small group of highly valued associates also help with business operations and service provisions.
Launching a new business just before the outbreak of a global pandemic was definitely a challenge! However, Holistic Safeguarding continues to go from strength to strength. We have loyal customers and I am proud but also truly humbled by our customer retention and the fact that most new customers come to us following a recommendation. We truly love working with all our customers, with all of them having such passion for child safety, how could you not? Seeing our partnerships help customers turn their passion for child safety into reality and develop a safeugarding culture is so rewarding. After all, that's everything we are about, Safeguarding You to Safeguard Children.
Abuse does not discriminate. So, neither should pathways to child safety solutions. Hence my passion for ensuring that everyone working with children and their families has access to qualitative support. With financial barriers being the most common organisational barrier in accessing qualitative support, I'm delighted that despite our own challenges Holistic Safeguarding's pricing has stayed cost-effective and we've been able to continue delivering high-quality support to those who initially thought it was beyond their reach. I'm also incredibly proud that we've been able to continue providing Aotearoa's children's workforce with FREE help and resources.
Holistic Safeguarding continues to grow, and I'd love for you to be part of our growth. Please do feel free to reach out if Holistic Safeguarding can be of any help.
I'm originally from the UK, and my career started working with offenders in correctional facilities. Over time this influenced me to move from restorative work into preventative practice, and my focus became child protection.
I joined the UK's leading child protection charity (NSPCC), where I was a Senior Consultant for over a decade before going self-employed. Whilst working for the NSPCC, I met with Child Matters when they were visiting the UK. A long story short, they offered me a Consultant role here in Aotearoa. That was about 6 years ago, and since moving to this beautiful country, I have:
Become a New Zealand citizen.
Established Holistic Safeguarding.
Led YMCA North to be New Zealand's first Safeguarding Accredited organisation and am now the New Zealand Consultant for Child Wise, supporting an independent school through their child safe accreditation process.
Supported both of Aotearoa's child protection charities as a Child Protection Consultant.
My experience, knowledge and skills have enabled me to support a significant range of universal and bespoke organisations. Helping those organisations adopt solutions for their safeguarding objectives, whether these are qualitatively meeting safeguarding and child protection requirements, demonstrating best practice or establishing the foundations for safeguarding accreditation.
I am genuinely passionate about safeguarding and child protection. All tamariki, rangatahi and adults should be safe from harm, and organisations and staff should be safe from exploitation.
We all desperately need to recognise child safety as a shared responsibility and something that requires a focus. It doesn't just happen.
Specialist Consultancy Support
As well as running Holistic Safeguarding, I can also support other specialist organisations with their safeguarding and child protection services. Particularly (although not exclusively) those relating to safeguarding accreditation.
If you are interested in working together or if my support is of interest to you, please do feel to reach out.