Director of Training – Simon Snell

BA (Hons) & Postgraduate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology


Simon is one of the founding directors of SAFE. He has an extensive background in safeguarding both from a dynamic and strategic perspective. During his 30-year police service he undertook various roles within the Public Protection Unit including the Force lead for Domestic Abuse, Child Protection, Family Liaison, Missing People, Adult Protection and represented the police at Local Safeguarding Children Boards (Partnerships). He was the vice chair of the partnership working group having responsibility for serious case reviews across the Force area.  He was also a panel member of the Child Death Overview Panel.


In the last decade of his police career, he became Head of the Force Child Exploitation Team, undertaking several complex child abuse investigations and driving change from both a local and national perspective. He also drove the use of covert tactics and the use of psychology in interviewing suspects into the investigation of child protection. Simon became part of the National CSE Action Plan Group and headed up the training portfolio to drive change across the country. He also represented the police in a government research programme into the criminal justice approach to CSE.

Upon leaving the police Simon took up a role as the Safeguarding Lead for the Cornwall Football Association and became an associate trainer and consultant for the NSPCC, Barnardo’s and the Southwest Grid for Learning, together with delivering a programme of child exploitation training for the police across the country. Simon is also a risk assessor and mentor for the Football Association.

Safeguarding Associates for Excellence has gone from strength to strength under the Directorship of Jill and Simon. Simon as a founder of the company undertakes the role of Director of Training. His role includes the compiling of safeguarding course materials for SAFE and working with clients to ensure training needs are met. He also delivers several courses at various levels, including Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and the flagship Safeguarding Managers Course (level 5). This course remains one of Simon’s proudest achievements for SAFE and has developed into a nationally acclaimed programme with a high volume of agencies and organisations having attended over a 10-year period.

Simon has continued his connection with sport and advises Exeter City Football Club on their approach and response to safeguarding.

In his spare time, Simon plays, watches and umpires cricket, attends the gym regularly and goes out walking in the Devon countryside. He has undertaken a number of charity cycle rides for Help for Heroes.

Contact Simon Snell

To speak with Simon Snell, call direct on 07793 051910 or email