I work on a UK-wide basis and internationally. My work includes private and commercial industry, the charitable and voluntary sector, the police, social care/local authority, education (including Higher Education/Universities), legal services, recruitment, health, and central Government. I specialise in safeguarding children/adult practice and training, safer recruitment and safe workplace practice,  independent evaluations, audits, investigations and complaints resolution, and bespoke issues such as child sexual abuse and exploitation.

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I am an established independent safeguarding children/adult 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 girls and young women suspected to be involved in sexual exploitation (CSE).

I work on a UK-wide basis and have worked with central and local government, ombudsmen, charities, commercial and private businesses, the police, social care, education, the youth service, legal services, early years’ sector, and health. I specialise in safeguarding children/adults, best practice standards, safer recruitment/safe workplace practice, and compliance.  I offer bespoke training for all organisations, bespoke to their service area. I also offer a range of consultancy services including workplace audits and independent investigations, document and policy writing, and other bespoke services. I am an independent consultant for a number of organisations, including the NSPCC and ASPCo.

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 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 design and deliver a range of training courses, as well as keynote presentations and workshops at conferences.


Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 – A briefing for schools - September 20th 2018

In the second event from our 2018-19 Safeguarding Briefing Programme, we will be considering KCSIE 2018 ahead of the implementation in September. This event will be especially useful to those educational establishments who need to know what changes have been introduced in the new guidance, and what they need to consider ahead of September 2018. […]

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Still struggling with GDPR? - September 25th 2018

A number of schools I work with have been concerned about GDPR and data protection practice in their schools. Hopefully  the new guidance published by the DfE will make life easier! The guidance covers compliance with GDPR as well as information regarding safeguarding, consent, retention, data protection officer and data breaches. Click here to find […]

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Online Safety Workshop - February 4th 2019

In late 2014 BBC News reported how police forces across the UK were struggling to cope with the increasing numbers of children being targeted and abused online. Since then a steady stream of news has shown how the targeting, grooming and abuse of children online is the fastest growing area of crime in this country. […]

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GDPR briefing for Schools and Educational Establishments - June 5th 2018

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 […]

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Free Safeguarding Drop in Clinics for local organisations and businesses in South/West Yorkshire - May 18th 2018

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 […]

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BBC Inside Out South East programme discussed the monitoring of child sex offenders - February 5th 2018

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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Adele Gladman contributes to Sky News broadcast - February 1st 2018

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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Learning from Making Justice Work conference 2018 - January 17th 2018

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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Final call – last chance to book on tomorrow’s conference! - January 4th 2018

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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- December 21st 2017

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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Did you know that there is a link between sexual abuse, offending behaviour and self harm in young males? - December 22nd 2017

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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Do you want to know more about how juries make decisions in rape trials? - December 18th 2017

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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Renowned Dr Agata Debowska to speak at our conference Making Justic Work 5 January 2018 - December 1st 2017

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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New delegates sign up to attend groundbreaking conference - December 6th 2017

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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Join us in #MakingJusticeWork on 5 January 2018 - November 16th 2017

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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Call for papers: Responding to challenges for victims of child abuse and exploitation in the criminal justice system. - September 26th 2017

                               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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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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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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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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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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What I offer

School audits based on Ofsted inspection standards and key statutory outcomes

Audits of individual teams, whole workplaces, service-wide or county-wide practice; review of education responses to sexual misconduct

Child practice reviews and learning events, reflective practice events

Independent investigation of incidents including allegations against staff

High quality and evidence-based reports, with achievable and measurable recommendations

All levels of Safeguarding Children Training, Designated Safeguarding Lead events, and Safer Recruitment training

Enabling the participation of young people and their families in evaluation of services

Drafting policies (Safeguarding, Safer Recruitment, Allegations against Staff, Complaints, and a range of subject specific policies)

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/abuse
  • Vulnerability and early intervention
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences and the impact of trauma
  • Best practice in safeguarding
  • The criminal justice system, vulnerable witnesses and the Barnahus model
  • Keeping children safe online
  • Addressing sexually harmful behaviour in education
  • Events for whole school staff and governors
  • Events for Universities
  • 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 : The Road from Rotherham
  • Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care
  • Making Justice Work – Leeds Trinity University
  • Making Sense of Safeguarding Conference – Carlisle
  • Online Safety for Foster Carers – West Bromwich
  • Supporting Victims of CSE – Victim Support Conference, Leeds
  • Local Family Justice Board Conference – Cleveland
  • Regional Fostering Conference – Milton Keynes
  • Kym Allen Conference, Penrith – The Role of Schools in Preventing Sexual Harm to Children
  • Teesside University, Raising Aspirations Conference
  • Barnsley School Alliance: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • IG Education, An Introduction to Understanding and Addressing Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools



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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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Adele has worked with North East Derbyshire District Council and Bolsover District Council delivering Safeguarding Awareness training for the last four years. Her knowledge of safeguarding and its many issues and difficulties is outstanding.

Janice Barltrop – North East Derbyshire District Council

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Adele’s delivery is highly professional and the content is up to date and relevant for the particular audience she is working with. I would have no hesitation in recommending her work to other organisations.

R Thompson, Deputy Head, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Junior School

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I would not hesitate to recommend Adele Gladman as a trainer. In a time of financial challenge Adele is the only trainer we are continuing to commission due to the high quality of her work.

Sarah Henry LSCB Multi Agency Trainer Wakefield LSCB

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Adele takes a topic and really brings it to life for the people she is delivering it to. I could not recommend Adele enough. There is nothing about safeguarding she does not know, and she will work closely with you to ensure what you want matches what she delivers: any school looking for some inset training, look no further, you will get no better than this.

Andrea Raven-Hill – Area Manager at Reed Education

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Everyone has been effusive with praise about your presentation — you delivered exactly what I hoped that the day itself would deliver for those who attended. I believe everyone’s practice around the issues you addressed will be better for hearing your presentation.

Cygnet Law

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Get in touch

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

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