Head of Safeguarding
Deanna qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1986 and then specialised in intensive care nursing of adults and children. During the 9 years spent working on ICU she completed her Further Education Teaching Certificate and a BA (hons) in Health Studies. Whilst working on ICU she developed an interest in non-accidental injuries in children and how health inequalities impacted upon children and was seconded to undertake her health visiting training which she completed in 1995. She then worked for 5 years in a very deprived area of Newcastle gaining experience in child protection, community development and led on a range of parenting programmes. In 2000 Deanna started working for NHS Direct as a Nurse Advisor where her health visiting experience enabled her to support the development of a range of paediatric algorithms and training programmes. She returned to health visiting in 2002 and spent time working as a specialist health visitor for asylum seekers and the homeless as well as undertaking a “Change Activist” role. She also provided health visiting support to a residential family unit where families from all over the UK were provided with 24 supervision to assess their parenting capacity. During this time she built on her experience of court work – assessments, report writing and providing evidence in Magistrate, Family and Crown Courts – working closely with social workers and police colleagues.
In 2004 Deanna commenced her specialist career in child protection after becoming a Child Protection Nurse Advisor and then the Named Nurse for Newcastle Primary Care Trust in 2005; managing a team of nurses and working closely with other Named and Designated Staff. In 2008 she commenced her Masters in Child and Family Law and was awarded her LLM in 2010. She became the Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children in Sunderland TPCT in 2009 and her role was expanded to cover safeguarding adults in 2010. In 2013 her role changed with the establishment of the CCG and today she is the Head of Safeguarding, leading the team of named and designated GPs, Nurses and Paediatricians in ensuring the CCG complies with its statutory responsibilities and working collaboratively with a range of partners to support both the Local Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Adults Board, as well as the Community Safety Partnership; 3 statutory boards tasked with ensuring there are safe and effective arrangements in place in Sunderland to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable/at risk adults.