My Mission

Dr Sarah Carlick is a natural innovator, impatient for change

I know by using tech for good such as new safeguarding apps, secure digital platforms and innovation that the safeguarding landscape will be transformed.

My vision for the future includes:

  • Leading  conversations that leads to the creation of digital technology and safeguarding
  • Introducing new concepts for reporting and managing risks for safeguarding
  • Children’s safeguarding co-design for online safety tech, social care and the third sector
  • Digital self-reporting of abuse
  • Trailblazing the design principles of safeguarding applications (apps)

About Sarah

Who is Dr Sarah Carlick…

Dedicated, passionate and digital!

My early career convinced me that the world of safeguarding could be changed and I have since dedicated my life’s work to doing so as a safeguarding expert and a social care tech pioneer.

I started her working life as a social worker and then a probation officer, gaining experience in the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. I am the founder and direct of the award-winning safeguarding training and consultancy, The Athena Programme, set up in 2007. My work has taken me to undertake projects both nationally and internationally.

My experience is built on a rigorous academic background.  I  hold a diploma and degree and in Social Work from Lancaster University UK, an MA in Arts-Health from the University of Central Lancashire and a  PhD (also at Lancaster University) with the thesis entitled ‘Creative art based technologies for inter-agency working together for safeguarding children and young people’. 

My commitment to creating a better future for safeguarding makes me an inspiring public speaker. My style is fun, engaging and is based on personal experience and evidenced-based practice. I have delivered thought-provoking addresses to audiences of decision makers and social care professionals at organisational and industry conferences and academic networks.  As the UK’s recognised authority in her field, I can speak dynamically on a range of subjects.

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