SAFE Associate – Vanessa Redmond
‘Vanessa brings a wealth of experience from her involvement in some of the most high-profile safeguarding cases in early years settings‘ (Ofsted)
Vanessa began her career as a registered general nurse. She worked with adults, young people and children in clinical settings and in schools as the child protection lead. She trained to be a teacher in adult education and worked as a lecturer in early years and health and social care. In 2003 she became an inspector with Ofsted and has held numerous roles within the organisation.
Vanessa’s specialist knowledge of safeguarding meant she was swiftly promoted to the child protection liaison officer for the South West region. She went on to manage a compliance, investigation and enforcement team dealing with the most serious safeguarding concerns in regulated settings. She was also a national trainer and mentor for new inspectors.
Vanessa was the designated safeguarding manager and provided advice, support and guidance to school’s inspectors. She inspected local authorities and social care settings and cascaded learning from serious case reviews.
As a regulatory inspector, Vanessa used her remarkable skills as an investigator to ‘dig a bit deeper’ to gather robust, indisputable evidence for criminal prosecutions. As well as her degree in Applied Social Science, she also obtained The Level 7 Advanced Professional Certificate in Investigative Practice.
Vanessa left Ofsted in 2020 to help support others with their safeguarding responsibilities. She is passionate about sharing her skills and knowledge to help keep children safe and now works as an independent consultant and trainer. She has provided supervision for designated safeguarding leads in schools. She also carries out investigations and helps early years settings prepare for their Ofsted inspection.