About you...

Do you work with children and young people and have a passion for keeping them safe?

Are you within a professional, voluntary or community sector with a need to update your safeguarding training?

Are you looking for specialist support and learning in contextual safeguarding approaches?

Are you part of a professional body who are seeking support to better your specialist safeguarding practice in preparation for, or as a result of, an inspection?

About us...

If you relate to any of the 'about you' section, there are a many ways that we can help you, such as:

Designing and deliver bespoke, CPD accredited Safeguarding training sessions for education, health, social care and community & voluntary sector with a specialist focus on young people from the ages of 12-25

Supporting development of knowledge around exploitation, spotting the signs and how you can respond to these

Providing consultancy services around adapting safeguarding policy and practice in statutory settings, meeting and exceeding Ofsted requirements

Course Delivery

All of the courses listed here can be delivered live (virtually and face-to-face) and can also be requested as a pre-recorded course that can be completed at your own leisure.

Learning Styles

In all of our courses, there are varied, interactive exercises to fit the needs of all learning styles. The course content can be adjusted to suit your or your services' needs.

Continued Professional Development

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Course Attendance Certification which is beneficial to show employers, Ofsted and to retain in your personal records.

The courses can be CPD accredited.

What others think...

Helena from ASC delivered a 1 day training course on adolescent contextual safeguarding to staff at our children's care home. The course was tailored to our needs and all that attended commented on the passion in the delivery of knowledge and information. Everyone learnt a great deal and it was a refreshing break from standard and online safeguarding courses that flood our industry.

Thanks Helena for your time and helping us to improve our knowledge and skills in keeping children safe.


ASC provided our dance charity a really helpful, interactive and insightful training session. They tailored the training session to ensure that it was relevant to the work that we do and encouraged ourselves and teachers to consider how we can support young people who have experienced trauma in our dance workshops. The balance of information and exploration encouraged reflective discussions within the group.

Get to know Helena

As co-founder of the Adolescent Safeguarding Consultancy (ASC) Helena brings a passion for both safeguarding adolescents and training professionals. Whilst a student, Helena volunteered as a Special Constable, realising her passion for protecting the most vulnerable members of society. This led to a career in the youth justice service, supporting young people at risk of harm and offending. Whilst in this role, Helena was exposed to the innovative approaches of contextual safeguarding, deepening her knowledge of this when participating in the first cohort of training delivered by the Contextual Safeguarding Network. Helena became accredited to deliver contextual safeguarding courses to multi-disciplinary professionals, providing bespoke training to professionals and community voluntary groups for several years.

As a specialist adolescent social worker, Helena holds frontline experience of the application of contextual safeguarding, playing an instrumental role in the development of a bespoke adolescent service and leading contextual safeguarding initiatives in her employing Local Authorities. Having recently undertaken a regional role as the Contextual Safeguarding Advisor she supported education provisions in responding appropriately to extra-familial harm and peer-on-peer abuse. This furthers her solid foundations of an Undergraduate Degree in Social Psychology and a Masters Degree in Advanced Social Work Practice.

Having spent her career working in the field of safeguarding young people from exploitation and reducing their risk of entering the judicial system, Helena specialises in reducing the risk to adolescents outside the family home whilst also upskilling others to do so.

Helena is passionate about sharing this knowledge of innovative safeguarding approaches with professionals, families, and communities, providing them with the tools and confidence to effectively safeguard vulnerable children as they navigate the complexities of adolescent development crossing the threshold into adulthood.

Get to know Laura

Laura has immense and diverse experience in the realms of safeguarding children and young people. After attaining her Undergraduate Degree in Criminology and Sociology, she went on to volunteer with vulnerable adults and young people in the community. Finding her passion for supporting children and young people, Laura returned back to university to complete her Masters in Social Work Practice. She spent the following eight years working as a frontline practitioner in the criminal justice arena.

Following a break for maternity, Laura stepped up to become a Youth Offending Team Leader with a focus on supporting young people who were victims of exploitation. Whilst in this role, Laura led the development of prevention and early intervention services offered by the Youth Offending Team to reduce the risk of re-offending, risk of harm, and increase individual and community safety.

Following this, Laura became instrumental in leading the Local Authorities first adolescent social work team and setting up local strategy, policy, practice, and responses to working with young people at risk of extra-familial harm. The specialist team focused on embedding contextual safeguarding approaches in practice amongst statutory and voluntary services. This was a part of a leading national initiative in partnership with the Contextual Safeguarding Network.

Laura’s passion is bringing partnership agencies together to consider the best, most effective way to keep vulnerable children, young people, and adults safe in their communities.

Throughout Laura’s career, she has designed and delivered bespoke training packages for professional and voluntary bodies to develop their practices and approaches to safeguarding the most vulnerable members of society.

Combining Laura’s knowledge of strategy and policy in youth services with her passion and innovation to create more effective safeguarding practice, Laura is a great fit as the Co-director for the Adolescent Safeguarding Consultancy.