With experience in the UK and Bermuda Police forces Alan recently retired from Avon and Somerset Police after 34 years’ service. During his last period in force Alan served in an Intelligence capacity on the Forces Internet Child Abuse Team.
During the last 4 years of the 6 spent on the team he began working with other agencies to provide advice and support around the dangers of the online world for children. In 2007 he received the ‘Childrens Champion of the Year’ award from the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre (CEOP) and sat on their Education Advisory Board from their inception to date.
In December of 2008 Alan was seconded full time to the South West Grid for Learning a charity aimed at supporting schools across the South West of the UK with Internet provision and safety issues. SWGfL has now become the lead partner in the UK Safer Internet Centre working with Childnet and the Internet Watch Foundation to help keep children and adults safe in the online world.
Spending more and more time training and speaking to differing audiences, as part of his role Alan has spoken at conferences locally, nationally and internationally and as far afield as Singapore and Africa. A large part of his time is spent in online safeguarding and providing advice for professionals and parents across the UK on how to deal in a practical and reasoned manner with many of the online issues that arise in the constantly changing environment in technology.
Without a doubt however, Alan confesses his favourite audience is children and young people from whom he constantly learns the issues of the day.
Alan can provide support and sessions for schools and other agencies. These include presentations such as Parents Awareness, Staff and professional awareness, Sexting (Youth Produced Sexual Imagery), Trends and updates, Govt and research updates and tailored presentations based upon the needs of an organisation.