SAFE Director – Simon Snell
BA (Hons) & Postgraduate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology
Simon served in the police for 30 years. During this time he undertook a variety of roles in Safeguarding. This included Professional Lead for Child Protection, Police Representative for the LSCB (Including Vice Chair of the Serious Case Review Group in Cornwall and a member of the Child Death Overview Panel) Vulnerable Adults, Domestic Abuse and Family Liaison.
He went onto specialise in the investigation and response to Child Sexual Exploitation. During this time he chaired the training committee of the National CSE Action Plan group and as part of this function was part of team briefing Government ministers regarding the emerging threat. Simon also undertook the role of Senior Investigating Officer for a number of complex child abuse investigations, he received Chief Constable and Judge Commendations for his work in this area.
Following one such investigation, he went onto develop the first Peninsula CSE Strategy for Devon and Cornwall, this is still in place today. As part of his work on complex child abuse investigation, Simon developed his knowledge and skills around interviewing child sex offenders, which culminated in successfully completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology at the University of Lancashire.
This qualified him to provide detailed interview strategies (for both victims and suspects) and risk assessments based on psychological analysis. He became an accredited Interview Advisor, a function used in the UK to provide interview strategies in serious crime.
Upon retirement, Simon continued his training and consultancy work in the safeguarding field. He has delivered training on behalf of several agencies, including the College of Policing, Devon & Cornwall Police, Barnardo’s, the NSPCC and the Football Association. He has travelled the country extensively delivering both consultancy work and safeguard training at all levels (both children and adults at risk) to various agencies and organisations for SAFE. Simon has also delivered safeguarding, interviewing and risk assessment training to police officers in Estonia. In addition, he develops and writes courses for SAFE. He also specialises in conducting safeguard reviews, which includes reviewing and writing policies.
In January 2020, Simon became a trustee committee member for the Association of Child Protection Professionals (ACPP).