Safe Families for Children has announced the appointment of an experienced Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Director to join the senior management team as the charity continues on its national expansion.

Ann Day will join the children’s early intervention organisation from her current role as Service Manager, Quality Assurance for Gateshead Council’s Adult and Children’s Services Department.

In partnership with local authorities across the UK, Safe Families seeks to reduce the flow of children going into the care. The charity takes referrals from local authorities to provide innovative, early intervention support to families, preventing problems from escalating and children entering the care system.

The charity already works in partnership with 21 local authority children’s services departments and thousands of volunteers across England. It recruits and trains volunteers across the country who provide support for struggling families, in a ‘people helping people’ approach.

Keith Danby, Chief Executive of Safe Families for Children, said: “I am really excited about Ann joining us, she has been an enthusiastic supporter of Safe Families from the very beginning.  Ann has often been a ‘go to’ person when I have needed advice and guidance.

“Our work with vulnerable children, their families, and growing demand from local authorities, requires robust systems with the best possible safeguarding protocols. I am overwhelmed and incredibly thankful that someone of Ann’s experience and pedigree will be joining us.”

Ann, who lives in Newcastle, will join the senior management team of Safe Families for Children, reporting directly to the Chief Executive and be based at the charity’s national office in the North East. Ann will visit each of the Safe Families hubs on a regular basis and offer support and supervision to the teams across the UK.

Ann said: “I am delighted to be working with Safe Families, towards a brighter future for families across the UK. It is vital that we continue to work to the highest safety standards.”