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Dawn was a police officer for thirty years in the Metropolitan police working on the Murder teams, Domestic Violence Unit and Child Abuse Investigation Team.

Dawn has been a Safeguarding Advisor with Thirtyone:eight since 2015. She works on our Helpline and the out-of-hours service providing expertise and advice on a vast array of safeguarding matters. Her role also includes being involved in specialist work such as reviews and audits. Dawn also presents a variety of training across our bespoke and specialist courses..

Experience:

Dawn was a police officer for thirty years in the Metropolitan police and during that time worked on the Murder teams, Domestic Violence Unit and latterly on the Child Abuse Investigation Team where she gained an extensive knowledge of offences and court proceedings both in the criminal and family courts.

Dawn has also investigated and supported families following the death of their child from sudden unexplained infant death (SUID) and been a Family Liaison Officer for a large number of families including a victim of the London bombings. During the time with the safeguarding teams Dawn built up a strong working relationship with her local social services and has been involved in Serious Case review training, sitting on the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), various safeguarding committees and been part of reviews and audits around good practice. Dawn was a trainer for the local authority and regularly provided multi-agency training to social workers, other professions and those working with children, a role she has continued for Thirtyone:eight.

Dawn is an active member of her local church and is a Church Warden. She is involved in the youth work, hospitality for home group and social events as well as serving on the PCC. Dawn is the Safeguarding Co-ordinator which includes championing a robust recruitment process for those working in regulated activity and management of the DBS checks within the church family.

Qualifications:

Within the police service, Dawn was a qualified investigator and an Achieving Best Evidence interviewer and regularly interviewed victims of serious sexual offences, many of which were children.

Dawn has retained an interest in working with perpetrators by attending further training in the management of offenders. Dawn has retained her concern for survivors of abuse by attending the NAPAC training on supporting Adult Survivors. Dawn brings a practical and experienced insight into the issues around criminal investigations within a church environment and the impact on victims and perpetrators alike.

"I strive to use the experience from my police career and church life, to work towards creating a place where everyone can thrive, whatever their role or contribution."

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