SAFE Associate – Mark Pearson
Mark has had extensive experience in policing, safeguarding training and community safety. He has worked successfully at national and local levels.
Mark is now CEO of a Community Interest Company that helps educate professionals from a wide range of agencies. He also positively supports young people in education and specialist provision affected by gangs, violence and criminal exploitation.
During the last 5 years of Mark’s police service, he project managed an innovative Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) funded project, implementing highly effective, co- located inter-agency work. The team focused on supporting the most vulnerable in geographic areas experiencing high levels of deprivation. A core part of this multi-agency work targeted criminal exploitation and applied joint agency Family Support Panels. These panels provided comprehensive and timely safeguarding assessment and support for families who were victims of organised gang criminality. They were successfully evaluated by the Centre of Research and Education – Forensic Psychology (CoRE-FP), the University of Kent.
Mark has advised government ministers, think tanks, director generals and members of parliament on the effects of organised criminal exploitation on communities experiencing high levels of poverty and abuse.
Mark is passionate about the importance of early identification, assessment and intervention; he particularly enjoys building the resilience of Primary School children to saying “NO” to gangs, drugs, violence and empowering their voice in driving positive change.