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.

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About me

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.


Call for papers: Responding to challenges for victims of child abuse and exploitation in the criminal justice system. - January 1st 1970

                               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 […]

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Join us in #MakingJusticeWork on 5 January 2018 - January 1st 1970

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 […]

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New delegates sign up to attend groundbreaking conference - January 1st 1970

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. […]

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Renowned Dr Agata Debowska to speak at our conference Making Justic Work 5 January 2018 - January 1st 1970

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 […]

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Do you want to know more about how juries make decisions in rape trials? - January 1st 1970

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 […]

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Did you know that there is a link between sexual abuse, offending behaviour and self harm in young males? - January 1st 1970

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 […]

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- January 1st 1970

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 […]

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Final call – last chance to book on tomorrow’s conference! - January 1st 1970

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=es2

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Learning from Making Justice Work conference 2018 - January 1st 1970

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 […]

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Adele Gladman contributes to Sky News broadcast - January 1st 1970

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!

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BBC Inside Out South East programme discussed the monitoring of child sex offenders - January 1st 1970

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 […]

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BBC Radio 4 Profile Section on Professor Alexis Jay - October 23rd 2016

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.

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About a Boy – The Hidden Victims of Grooming - July 23rd 2017

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.

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My new book: Child Sexual Exploitation After Rotherham - July 25th 2017

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.

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Child Sexual Exploitation after Rotherham Book Launch - July 25th 2017

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.

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What I offer

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

Case Studies

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Conference speaking

What I can offer

A range of safeguarding topics as keynote presentations, plenary sessions, or workshops including:

  • Lessons learned from Rotherham
  • Best practice in responding to child sexual exploitation
  • Vulnerability and early intervention
  • Best practice in safeguarding
  • The criminal justice system, vulnerable witnesses and the Barnahus model
  • Keeping children safe online
  • My presentations are engaging, powerful, and use a range of visual and audio resources for maximum impact on all members of the audience.

Events I have spoken at


  • Coming out of the Darkness – National CSE Conference
  • Derbyshire County Council – Safeguarding in Education Conference
  • Derbyshire County Council- Safeguarding Conference for Children’s Services
  • Aberlour Child Care Trust Staff Conference
  • NHS Scotland Inter-Regional Child Protection Conference


  • Yorkshire CSE Conference 2017
  • Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care 2017


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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

George Laird, Manager WOS Sexual Health MCN & Child Protection MCN

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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.

SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Aberlour Child Care Trust

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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.

Amanda Clarke, Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board

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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.

Cath, Clinical Lead Child Trauma Psychotherapist

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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.

Katie Hibbs, NYSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Project Lead

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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

Richard Scorer, Slater and Gordon lawyers

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Her experience in Rotherham coupled with her knowledge on the law makes her an ideal guest speaker to be addressing CSE.

Phil Mitchell, Project Coordinator, The BLAST Project

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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.

W P N Pietrek, Deputy Head Master, Birkdale School

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Get in touch

Call: 07966 386584  ·  Email: adele@protectingchildrennow.co.uk

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