Sue Woolmore has been working in child protection for more than 30 years, holding professional roles at local authority, regional, and national level, in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.
Sue initially qualified as a nurse and worked in the Leeds teaching hospitals, later training as a social worker. Sue worked in local authority child protection services for 13 years, before joining the NSPCC in 1999 and working with the Society for 12 years. She also has extensive experience of speaking to the press and media about child safeguarding.
Having moved into full-time freelance work, Sue now provides child protection training and consultancy, working with multi-agency groups of practitioners and their line managers across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The main focus of this work is the challenge of working in a child-centred way with ‘resistant’ families. This regular, face-to-face work with practitioners provides Sue with a window onto life on the frontline, keeping her grounded in the realities of multi-agency efforts to safeguard children.
For over six years, Sue also held the position of Independent Chair of two Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) – one in the Yorkshire and Humber region and, prior to this, one in Greater Manchester.
Sue contributed to the establishment of the national Association of Independent LSCB Chairs and served as its Chair until 2014. This role enabled Sue to liaise with LSCB Chairs across the country and also brought her into close contact with government departments, professional bodies, and other stakeholders seeking to promote effective multi-agency practice.
Sue Woolmore is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.