Barnardo’s Training and Consultancy

August 2019 I became an Associate Trainer for Barnardo’s.

I delivered Training for Milton Keynes Council  in Safeguarding  including awareness of child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation and human trafficking for 1,200 taxi drivers. I also delivered training for specialist workers regarding child sexual exploitation in Burnley and Inset Safeguarding for Sheffield Council.

Talking Life

July 2019 I became an Associate Trainer for Talking Life.
I delivered Training in child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation for Council’s in Portsmouth and London. I also delivered Training in Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking for London, Barking and Dagenham.

Comments from the Commissioner included,
“Karen is one of the best trainers, she covered very relevant material and her teaching style was accessible and engaging. She incorporated different learning styles which made the workshop very digestible and easy to follow. She had an in-depth knowledge of the topic and was able to signpost learners to information beyond the course materials. She is very up to date with current events, news and learning around modern slavery which gave richness to her session. I liked that the training was very relevant locally as well as having the broader context. Aside from this, she was very approachable, humorous and considerate”. (November 2019)

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Girl with wide eyes and male hand over mouth

Research from Barnardo’s shows the alarming increase in statistics of the number of children and young people involved in C.S.E ( Child Sexual Exploitation) cases of abuse with 97% of C.S.E taking place via social media (Digital Dangers 2016). All adults with responsibilities for children and young people need to have knowledge and awareness of C.S.E and safeguarding to ensure the safety and security of the child or young person is paramount. It is important to remember any child or young person can be a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation regardless of age, culture, sexuality, ability and background. It can happen to boys as well as girls.


Karen established her C.A.T. Training service following 26 years of working as an Advanced Practitioner and Senior Youth Worker for Lancashire County Councils Young Peoples Service. Karen is a qualified teacher, experienced trainer and youth worker with extensive experience of working with children and young people in Lancashire. Karen has knowledge and understanding of the significance of Child Sexual Exploitation as part of children and young people’s Safeguarding, well-being and vulnerability.

Karen completed training as part of Lancashire County Council, “Safe & Sound – Just Whistle” CSE specialist trainers and PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation).