abipicAbigail Clay 

Abigail Clay is an internationally respected expert in the increasingly challenging and complex world of Safeguarding, with additional expertise in the Government’s Prevent strategy.


Areas of Expertise:

  • Preventing radicalisation
  • Safeguarding – child and vulnerable adult protection
  • Training, investigation, audits and Ofsted preparation
  • Equality and diversity
  • Best interest assessments and reports

Abigail specialises in assisting school, college and university leaders in addition to the wider public sector with their Safeguarding and Prevent strategies and procedures.

She has worked at local, regional and national levels to develop an extensive knowledge of the statutory Prevent agenda and its relevance to diversity and safeguarding in contemporary education provision.

Abigail has more than 30 years’ experience in the school/FE/HE sector, including senior leadership positions in large and diverse Colleges and recent interim leadership roles. Using in-depth knowledge of the varied and complicated demands of safeguarding children and vulnerable people, she works with senior managers to develop robust and effective policies to meet their institution’s individual needs.

She has achieved ‘outstanding’ recognition from Ofsted through inspection for creating and implementing a range of policies and effective solutions in equality and diversity, Prevent and achievements in Safeguarding.  She has worked with, among others, the Nordic Council on pan-European efforts to counter radicalisation through education.  Abigail is an active member of the EU funded Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN).  She is also a Stonewall training partner, in collaboration with NASS, and serves as a Regulation 44 & NMS20 independent visitor for residential children’s homes in the UK. Abigail is a member of the Leeds Catholic Safeguarding Commission.

Abigail has significant experience of child and adult protection case work and assessment and leads investigations, disciplinary hearings and compiles Best Interest Assessments for presentation at court, in the interest of UKBA immigration appeals.

Widely acknowledged for her proven track record, she is an effective collaborator with partner organisations, including national networks, police services, colleges and schools, local authorities and student bodies, to assure their very best practice.

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