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Trish Stewart

iHV Expert Adviser: Safeguarding


Trish Stewart is the Associate Director of Safeguarding at Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH), managing a team of safeguarding children and adult specialist practitioners, working across 11 London boroughs and Hertfordshire.

Trish qualified as a health visitor at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2002, gaining First Class Honours in her BSc degree and a Merit in practice. Trish worked as a health visitor in Kent before taking up a public health nursing team leader position in 2008. During this time Trish completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with the Open University (2004) studying a range of healthcare topics, undertook the extended nurse prescribing course (V300), specialising in the management of childhood eczema, and then completed a Master of Laws degree (LLM) at Cardiff University Law school, graduating in 2006, with distinction. Trish’s LLM dissertation considered the impact of public enquiries into child deaths on safeguarding practice.

In 2010 Trish became a named nurse for child protection and child death advising health visitors in case management, preparing court statements, and delivering safeguarding training. Trish also delivered restorative safeguarding supervision to support critical thinking and sound decision making, to protect children and to acknowledge and manage the emotional impact of this work on practitioners.

In 2014 Trish became a designated nurse for safeguarding children, gaining further experience in complex case management, partnership working, strategic planning and quality assurance in healthcare, including public health nursing and general practice. Trish’s interest in leadership in safeguarding led her to undertake Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme with the NHS Leadership Academy, gaining a Master’s in Healthcare Leadership (MSc) and a Senior Healthcare Leadership Award in 2017.

Trish started working for CLCH as Head of Safeguarding in March 2016. Her passion for safeguarding and supporting frontline practitioners is something she hopes to further champion with the iHV.

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