A HOLFMFIRTH-based trainer with extensive experience in child protection and safeguarding has been hand-picked to take up a new role with safeguarding specialists The Athena Programme.
Donna Sheldon (pictured) is one of five new specialists recruited by the Lancashire-based safeguarding specialist, which was founded in 2007 and has trained more than 4,000 people in safeguarding skills..
Ms Sheldon runs her own business, DMS Consulting, where she has written and delivered training materials for a number of local authorities, primary care trusts and childcare organisations.
She said: “I’m delighted to be working with The Athena Programme, which is well known for its expertise in this area. I’m looking forward to some new challenges and to putting my own experience to good use.”
Donna’s appointment, together with that of four other specialists, effectively doubles the staff of The Athena Programme. The new team has 94 years’ experience in the sector and enables the company to expand its safeguarding consultancy and training programmes across the UK.
Managing director Sarah Goodall said, “We have hand-picked the best talent from around the country to expand our geographic reach and provide another layer of expertise to support the existing Athena team.
“Safeguarding is an issue that is on the radar, with daily headlines highlighting organisations that fail to provide appropriate protection for children and young people.
“We are operating in many different business sectors and are winning new contracts through recommendation and the reputation for excellence we have built up.
“The new associates will enable the business to further expand whilst maintaining the quality of service we offer.”