Simon Plant

Simon has 17 years in a variety of roles in Local Government. His main roles have focused on the management of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and other multi agency partnership working. These roles have included the co-ordination and delivery of training, quality assurance and performance management of safeguarding processes, and various project management, change management and development work. He has developed an integrated strategy for the delivery of Domestic Abuse Services, pioneered a holistic development toolkit and peer re view process for Safeguarding in Schools and managed the regionalisation of four LSCB’s to form Mid and West Wales Safeguarding Children Board.

As LSCB Manager, Simon has undertaken the Local Authority Designated Officer role, managing and quality assuring the process for the risk assessment and risk management of allegations of professional abuse. This role included crisis management of organisational risk and management of practice concerns where the threshold for Police and Children’s Services involvement was not met. He has also managed the Complaints Process within Children’s Services.

Simon has been involved with the development of the All Wales Child Protection Procedures, All Wales Protocols, Dyfed Powys Regional Protocols and more recently Welsh Government guidance. Simon has been involved with the consultation on the Safeguarding aspects of the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014 and the ensuing Regulations and policy direction.

He has delivered lectures at University of Wales Swansea, University of Wales Trinity St David’s and Coleg Sir Gar. Lectures have been delivered to trainee teachers, trainee Social Workers and to Social Work Masters and Doctorate Students. Simon has written and delivered LSCB training which has ranged from Basic Awareness to more advanced subjects such as Parental Mental Health, Substance Misuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. Simon is a trained facilitator for Child Practice Reviews and has previously managed Serious Case Reviews.