Meet Safeguarding Strategies Ltd

Established since January 2013. Colin formed Safeguarding Strategies Ltd with Debbie Carson and Paul Clack. To date we have delivered quality safeguarding children, safeguarding vulnerable adult training and related consultancy services to statutory and non-statutory sectors throughout the UK.

Colin Welsh [Director]

Colin completed over 30 years exemplary service with the Metropolitan Police, a significant proportion devoted to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. He spent a total of eight years managing child abuse investigation teams and a further nine years leading major safeguarding inquiries throughout the London area.

He acquired unrivaled experience of intra-familial child homicide investigation and personally led many complex and emotive cases, receiving a number of commendations for his work. He regularly provided safeguarding and investigative training at the Metropolitan Police crime academy and lectured externally to multi-disciplinary audiences both nationally and internationally. He was at the forefront of national safeguarding policy and was sought for advice on many occasions  by colleagues in other Police forces and partner agencies. In 2014 he received an award from the National Police Chief”s Council for making a major contribution to improving the national standards of child death investigation.

Colin has also provided support to the Savile inquiry team (Operation Yewtree) and was appointed as a safeguarding consultant by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the an inquiry into safeguarding issues on the overseas territories of St Helena and Ascension Island.

Paul Clack [Associate]

A highly experienced practitioner in the safeguarding field, Paul is a former Detective Inspector with significant safeguarding experience – 10 years spent in charge of child protection teams in Haringey and Newham and a Senior Investigator on a pan-London Major Investigation Team. He has led many high profile child homicide and serious child protection investigations and carried out numerous safeguarding training sessions for police and partner agencies.

Paul’s background in safeguarding has meant extensive involvement with Serious Case Reviews, membership of Local Safeguarding Children Boards and contributing to local and national child protection guidelines. In Camden he was a member of the Local Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board seeking to develop safeguarding policy and enhance service provision for vulnerable adults.

He is a committed advocate of partnership working and additionally, having been a school governor, has a good understanding of the education environment – particularly in the context of child protection responsibilities.
As well as a number of police commendations, Paul has a degree in Politics and a Diploma in Applied Criminology from Cambridge University.

Debbie Carson [Associate]

Debbie, also a retired police officer, has extensive experience of working in the field of child protection and safeguarding. Early in her career she worked on a Child Protection Team, working closely with other agencies, investigating allegations of child abuse. She spent the last half of her career employed on major investigations concerned with child homicide, working on many high profile and complex enquiries, including the Baby P murder investigation.

A champion of the rights of victims and families, Debbie was one of the first Family Liaison Officers and subsequently sat on a steering panel seeking to develop the role of the FLO, which has become a widely acclaimed model.

Since retiring, Debbie has worked as a safeguarding consultant to a large legal firm representing many of Jimmy Savile’s victims and Safeguarding Advisor to Surrey County Council. She has also assisted with a Metropolitan Police investigation into allegations of historic Child Sexual Abuse and is currently employed by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

In 2018 Debbie and Paul decided to retire from the business but remain associates of the company, continuing their commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people.