SAFE Associate – Thomas (Tom) Robinson
Thomas Robinson is an experienced safeguarding expert, with a specialism in radicalisation. He holds extensive experience tackling a wide range of complex radicalisation cases in various roles, including as a Social Worker within Children’s Services, as Channel Coordinator within Prevent and as the Prevent Practitioner/Deputy Named Safeguarding Professional for Adults within an NHS mental health Trust. Furthermore, Thomas is a PhD candidate in Social Work and Social Care investigating the radicalisation of men and the role of masculinity in violent extremism.
Thomas is a qualified Social Worker with a background in Children’s services and Adult safeguarding within a mental health trust. Thomas holds years of experience in multi-agency safeguarding work; spanning across safeguarding children and adults from a range of harms, including domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation, county lines, modern slavery and radicalisation. Thomas is passionate about supporting professionals to respond to safeguarding concerns, and is using his PhD research to build a practical tool to support social workers to assess and safeguard males whom are vulnerable to radicalisation.
In his current role as Prevent Practitioner/Deputy Named Safeguarding Professional within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT), Thomas provides regular trainings to staff and teams across the Trust, including delivering Prevent Workshops and training on Safeguarding Adults.
Thomas also offers regular expert consultations to support staff to respond to complex safeguarding concerns for adults across the Trust, and is the SPFT representative in the high risk domestic abuse panel MARAC and Prevent’s Channel Panels across Sussex that provide a multi-agency approach to safeguarding those assessed as vulnerable to radicalisation. Moreover, Thomas contributes to the development and updating of Policy within SPFT to structurally respond to emerging safeguarding concerns regarding radicalisation.
Over the years, Thomas has gathered substantial knowledge and practical expertise on the multi-faceted dynamics of safeguarding and radicalisation. His unique position of both working in and researching on this issue provides unique insights into this complex area of safeguarding. Thomas is available to deliver Prevent training to a range of organisations, which will cover the key features of Prevent Awareness and Prevent WRAP, including CONTEST, the statutory duty under Counter Terrorism Security Act 2015 known as the ‘Prevent Duty’, Vulnerabilities to Radicalisation, Extremist Ideology and groups, Current Threat Level, and the Channel Panel process. Thomas will provide an opportunity to have a nuanced and critical discussion about this important and complex area of safeguarding with participants, and offer bespoke support through training and consultation to meet each organisation’s specific needs.