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Tom Simmons is an independent child safeguarding consultant; he provides specialist risk and suitability assessments relating to child safeguarding concerns and delivers training on a range of child safeguarding issues. Tom has lectured on the investigation of child sexual abuse at the University of Central Lancashire, London Metropolitan University and London City University. He completed the Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Centre’s (CEOP) Behavioural Analysis Unit’s accreditation programme for Forensic Behavioural Analysts. During this programme he obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Behavioural Psychology (UCLan), as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Change Management and Leadership (UCLan). He has passed both the American Polygraph Association’s Polygraph examiners course and Post-Conviction Sex Offender Testing course (Bramshill Police College 2014). Tom has worked in the field of child protection and safeguarding since 1990. Between 1993 and 1999 as a detective he was involved in the investigation of child abuse. As an investigator, MOGP/ABE interviewer and trainer, Tom delivered joint child abuse training with social services. From 2003 in the National Crime Squad and National Crime Agency he worked and led national and international investigations of both on-line and off-line child sexual abuse. From 2008 until 2014 Tom was the team leader of CEOP’s Behavioural Analysis Unit that provided specialist knowledge and advice to those involved in the investigation of child sexual abuse. This included the analysis of the behaviour of identified perpetrators of child sexual abuse, the debriefing of child sex offenders and the provision of risk assessments. He is trained in the use of SVR-20 and S-BAT risk assessments models. Tom was the London FA County Welfare Officer (Designated safeguarding Officer)from January 2015 until January 2016 and has attended both The FA Safeguarding and Club Welfare Officer Workshops. Since 2016 has completed safeguarding suitability assessments of individuals for a number of national youth organisations, charities, and schools. He has conducted polygraph examinations for UK police forces, social services, and defence solicitors. He has continued to undertake twice yearly ‘Continuing Professional Development’, including an accredited Safeguarding Children Managers’ Course (9th – 10th July 2019). Tom was awarded the QPM for distinguished police service in 2013.

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Tom Simmons QPM BSc PGC

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