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Maxine Versluis

Maxine has worked within her passion for safeguarding and child protection for over 30 years, 12 of which took place in Scandinavia. She is a qualified SENCO and has worked as part of a senior leadership team for several years teaching and planning educational programmes for children with learning difficulties, including children within the LAC system. She has also taught children and young people in schools and prisons, gaining much valued experience as designated safeguarding lead and as child protection trainer for other workers.

In addition Maxine has taught adults working in care homes, to help them to develop skills in English, Maths and to gain certification in various vocational courses within health and social care.

Maxine trains adults on many courses which centre around safeguarding and child protection. She also writes bespoke courses for various organisations and delivers these to relevant staff. Her training experience has taken place within many different professional environments, including social work, NHS, housing associations, voluntary and charity organisations, fostering services, schools (day schools and residential schools), nurseries and colleges.

Maxine is positive, hard-working and is innovative in her coaching, training and teaching, getting the best from her pupils and delegates and making training days both fun and informative.

Maxine’s passion is helping children and young people and keeping them safe, also helping adults who work with children to be able to conduct effective supervision with other members of staff and to maintain child-centred practice.

Professional qualifications

Maxine is a qualified teacher and SENCO (Masters Degree). She has a degree in Psychology and has previously set up a small school for looked after children.