Dr Catherine Powell has enjoyed a portfolio career, which has embraced nursing and health visiting practice, clinical leadership, academia and national policy, and she has specialised in safeguarding and child protection since 1994.
Catherine is a Fellow of the Institute of Health Visiting. She is a Trustee of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN), holding Office as Chair from 2009-2012, and was a member of a working group for the Munro Review of Child Protection in 2011. Her research activity has included work on Early Help and Secondary Prevention, Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Death and Serious Case Reviews.
Since leaving her NHS post as Consultant (Designated) Nurse Safeguarding Children in 2013, Catherine has been involved in a number of research and practice-related projects. These include an audit of health staffs’ knowledge of Child Sexual Exploitation and an NSPCC project on the importance of follow up for children who miss their health care appointments (both with colleagues from Oxford Brookes University) and the development and delivery of the iHV training pack on Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA). She has published and presented her work to a wide variety of professional audiences in the UK and elsewhere and is the author of two safeguarding children textbooks for health professionals.
Catherine’s knowledge and expertise was invaluable when working alongside the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) on the production, delivery and evaluation of both the Domestic Violence and Abuse and the Safeguarding Health Visitor Champions training programmes.