Safeguarding and Child Protection Consultant
I'm Kim, the person behind Holistic Safeguarding. Following meeting Child Matters in the UK, I was offered a Child Protection Consultant role here in Aotearoa. So 5 years ago I moved to this beautiful country, in that time I have:
Served as a Consultant for both Aotearoa's leading Child Protection Charities - Safeguarding Children and Child Matters.
Led YMCA North to become New Zealand's first Safeguarding Accredited Organisation and secured its accreditation renewal.
Supported many sectors and organisations with tailored safeguarding solutions meeting their bespoke needs and safeguarding best practice.
My career started, working with offenders in correctional facilities. It was this that influenced me moving into child protection. I then joined the UK's leading child protection charity (NSPCC), where I served as a Senior Consultant for over a decade, before going self-employed.
My background gives me particular knowledge and skills in understanding and applying safeguarding solutions to universal and bespoke organisation. With solutions safeguarding children and young people, the workforces and the organisation serving our young people and their families.
I am truly passionate about safeguarding and child protection. All tamariki and rangatahi should be safe from harm and our organisations and workforces should feel confident and empowered in serving our young. Given the horrific prevalence of abuse and neglect, we all desperately need to recognise our role in safeguarding and demonstrate safeguarding as a shared responsibility.
"Take care of our children.
Take care of what they hear,
Take care of what they see,
Take care of what they feel.
For how the children grow,
so will the shape of Aotearoa."
Dame Whina Cooper