I work on a UK-wide basis and have worked with the police, social care, education, the youth service, legal services, early years’ sector, health, probation, the voluntary sector, and two national ombudsmen. I specialise in safeguarding children and child sexual exploitation.
I am an established independent safeguarding children trainer and consultant. Originally a solicitor, I became involved in practice development and training after working on a Home Office research and development pilot working with young women suspected to be involved in sexual exploitation (CSE).
I work on a UK-wide basis and have worked with the police, social care, education, the youth service, legal services, early years’ sector, health, probation, the voluntary sector, and two national ombudsmen. I specialise in safeguarding children, early intervention, neglect, domestic abuse and child sexual exploitation
My work has included independent safeguarding audits; independent inspections and investigations; independent reports; practice reviews; and assisting in the development of professional practice, policies and procedures.
I also conduct child practice reviews which are an alternative to the serious case review model.
I have worked with several local authorities as well as individual organisations and local safeguarding children boards. I continue to work with families and young people affected by issues of child abuse and CSE.
I am available to deliver keynote presentations and workshops at conferences.
As jobs go, it’s a daunting one. Three predecessors have already resigned. On Profile this week Mark Coles profiles Professor Alexis Jay, the fourth and latest person appointed to chair the independent inquiry into institutional child sex abuse in England and Wales.Read more »
File on 4 tells one family’s story of fighting the authorities to get support and justice after a 13 year old boy was aggressively groomed by scores of men, aged from their 20s to their 50s.Read more »
Tuesday saw the official launch event of my book, CSE After Rotherham, co-authored with Dr Angie Heal.
We were extremely fortunate to have the support of our publishers Jessica Kingsley; and St George’s and Kingston University, which enabled us to run the launch as a practice conference.
Join us for the launch of Adele Gladman and Angie Heal’s new book Child Sexual Exploitation after Rotherham, along with a special seminar featuring talks from a panel of experts including the authors and 3 guests.Read more »
Call for papers: Responding to challenges for victims of child abuse and exploitation in the criminal justice system. Conference date: Friday Jan 5th, 2018 Location: Trinity University (Leeds, W. Yorkshire) Organisation: Basis Training and Adele Gladman Safeguarding Children Training and Consultancy Ltd This is an opportunity to contribute to an innovative, practice […]Read more »
Imagine being T. Being a victim of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham from the age of 11. Being the focus of several national newspapers when she became pregnant as a result of the repeated abuse at the age of 12. Year after year of abuse and adversity, being let down by every service which should […]Read more »
Want to understand more about child maltreatment and its consequences? Dr Agata Debowska is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Sheffield and one of our keynote speakers on 5th January. Her research interests and publications focus on child abuse and neglect, gender-based violence, psychopathy, and criminal social identity. She has published extensively and […]Read more »
We are delighted to have the IPCC, NCA and members of IICSA coming to our conference, as well as participants from the voluntary and charitable sectors, education, social care, and local authorities. No matter what your service area, if you work with children and vulnerable adults this is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. […]Read more »
One of the keynote speakers at our forthcoming conference is Dr Dominic Willmott, a Research Fellow based within the University of Huddersfield’s None-in-Three Global Research Centre for Gender-Based Violence. Dominic’s work has focused upon the application of psychological principles within forensic and criminal justice domains. His PhD research examined the extent to which juror bias […]Read more »
Why I am making a New Year’s resolution that counts this year Adele Gladman You may have read about a conference that I am organising, in partnership with Basis Leeds, which is taking place on 5th January 2018. Amber Wilson and I decided to plan Making Justice Work over 18 months ago. We did so […]Read more »
Did you know that there is a link between sexual abuse, offending behaviour and self harm in young males? One of our conference speakers at #MakingJusticeWork is Dr. Danielle McDermott, Senior Lecturer for Forensic Psychology at Leeds Trinity University. Danielle previously worked in the Psychology Department of one of the busiest local prisons in the […]Read more »
Today is the last day for booking on tomorrow’s conference #MakingJusticeWork in Leeds. Don’t miss out on your chance to hear from up to 8 experts in the field of early vulnerability, trauma, good practice in police investigations, and alternatives to current court systems https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/conference-making-justice-work-for-victims-of-child-sexual-abuse-csa-and-exploitation-cse-tickets-39253342805?aff=es2Read more »
The Making Justice Work conference was held on 5 January 2018. The experiences, stories and practice expertise made for a successful learning and development event. Here is a link to a VLOG reviewing the key learning from the day which will be of interest to anyone working with children, vulnerable adults or working within the […]Read more »
On 26 January I contributed to a discussion on Sky News about different ways to raise awareness of CSE with school children, and some of the challenges Click on the link below to view the broadcast If you would like to know more about my work in schools, please get in touch!Read more »
I had a quite an interesting experience a couple of weeks ago. The BBC asked me to give an expert opinion and help with its research on an historical child sex abuse case which featured last week (29 January) on its Inside Out programme. Looking back at the last 15-20 years at issues of sharing […]Read more »
Have a safeguarding concern or query? Want help knowing what to do with a concern about a child or adult at risk? Seeking reassurance that your organisation is doing all it should be to comply with safeguarding legislation and requirements? Need staff training, help with policies and procedures, or an independent consultant to help with […]Read more »
ARE YOU STILL STRUGGLING WITH GDPR? In the first of our 2018-19 Safeguarding Briefing Programme, we will be looking at the new General Data Protection Regulations, and how to make sure that you are following the latest guidance. This event will be especially useful to those educational establishments wanting to make sure that they have […]Read more »
This introduction to safeguarding course is for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and young people; or for those working for an organisation that provides services for families or communities. The course is aimed at those people who want to know more about safeguarding, how to spot child abuse, and understand what […]Read more »
This course is for anyone working or having contact with children and vulnerable adults and who want to further develop their knowledge and practice, including those who have responsibility for making contact with social care and the police. By the end of the event, those attending will: Understand the terms safeguarding child abuse and adults […]Read more »
This course is for anyone who is currently a Designated (or Deputy) Safeguarding Children Lead/Officer, or intending to assume that role in the future. This course will enable those attending to have gained an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the DSL; and developed competence and confidence in carrying out this role. By the […]Read more »
This advanced course is for anyone who is currently a Designated Safeguarding Children LeadOfficer, or a deputy to that position, and who would like an opportunity to develop their practice, as well as undertake the necessary refresher of their mandatory training. This course will enable those attending to have satisfied the necessary components of the […]Read more »
A fair and balanced assessment of practice responses
Audits of individual teams, service-wide or county-wide practice
Child practice reviews and learning events
Independent investigation of incidents
High quality and evidence-based reports, with achievable and measurable recommendations
All levels of Safeguarding Children Training
Enabling the participation of young people and their families in evaluation of services
Evaluation and review of funding projects and contracts
…and more. Get in touch for more info
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Need to know more about my work? Read some testimonials
A range of safeguarding topics as keynote presentations, plenary sessions, or workshops including:
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I have no hesitation in recommending Adele as a partner in working with organisations and services which support vulnerable young people
Our conference feedback commented that Adele had a lovely personality and she is able to bring an upbeat manner to some very dark subject manner.
Adele completed all tasks to timescale, her organisation skills were impeccable and her work was extremely thorough and detailed. I would have no hesitation in recommending Adele as an NSPCC Associate.
Adele is a fabulous speaker with a detailed and in depth knowledge of CSE with young people. The stories are real and powerful and will no doubt affect anyone who attends these presentations.
I first became aware of Adele’s work when she spoke at a conference I attended in Wakefield early in 2015. I was incredibly impressed by her delivery style & the way she engages the audience in a particularly difficult topic area. I would work with Adele again in a heartbeat.
I had the opportunity of listening to Adele present on her work with survivors of child sexual exploitation. Adele has enormous expertise on this subject and conveyed her points in an extremely compelling way
The input you have had into Birkdale over the past couple of years has been absolutely amazing and I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done to help get the message across about the challenges and dangers of the digital world we now live in.