SAFE Associate – Katie Malley

With over 16 years’ experience in safeguarding, mental health and direct work with children and their families, Katie’s main passion is ensuring children get the best in education and care. Up until December 2020, Katie was the Assistant Principal of a large primary school, within a Multi Academy Trust that covered nursery, primary, secondary and college provision. Katie’s experience leading on all aspects of safeguarding, wellbeing and pastoral care as the Designated Safeguarding and Mental Health Lead has allowed her to develop a comprehensive understanding of what children and families need and what schools can do to ensure the best outcomes.

An NSPCC Accredited Trainer and Accredited Safer Recruitment Trainer, Katie has a wide range of training skills and knowledge to support any organisation. A qualified Trauma Informed Practitioner and trainer with Trauma Informed Schools UK, Katie has a wealth of experience in trauma informed practice and safeguarding which enables her to support organisations to develop a culture of safety and support for all.

Due to Katie’s professional background and experience in education and senior leadership, she also holds the Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) designation. Katie is also an Advanced Child Exploitation Practitioner and an Instructor for MHFA England.

As a result of her training skills and knowledge, Katie has also supported and developed training for primary, secondary and alternative provision schools, local authorities, housing providers and private providers of nursery provision.

A firm believer in reflective practice and supervision, Katie trained with both Trauma Informed Schools UK and the NSPCC to support and develop a school wide approach to supervision to ensure practitioners felt supported and were working in safe and effective ways. Katie is also an accredited and registered clinical supervisor with APT and a qualified Hypnotherapist. Katie is currently taking further training in counselling and psychotherapy and is due to graduate in 2024.