St Helena Government is pleased to announce that Stephanie Jones has been appointed as the new Director of Safeguarding. Stephanie will take up her new role when the current Director, Matt Ansell, completes his contract on 9 July 2018.

As Director of Safeguarding, Stephanie will be responsible for the integrity and quality of social services on St Helena, ensuring that services are provided in the most cost effective and ‘joined up’ way. Stephanie will continue the current focus of a preventative approach and will take forward and lead the implementation of ‘Signs of Safety’ as the practice approach within the Directorate. Her role includes promoting collaboration across services for children and young people, for those with learning disabilities, vulnerable adults and other services such as residential provision.

Stephanie said:

“I am committed to St Helena and have been employed by the Safeguarding Directorate since February 2015. I am eager to continue the good work already achieved in the Directorate and to build on this to ensure vulnerable people remain safe and happy in their community. I am particularly looking forward to working collaboratively with other directorates to implement the Signs of Safety practice framework to deliver a common approach to safeguarding across the Island.”

Stephanie has worked on St Helena in the role of Children Services Manager for the last three years and is committed to the ongoing development of services within the Directorate. Previously, Stephanie has occupied managerial roles in UK local authorities and has also worked as a University Lecturer teaching social work.

Director of Safeguarding, Matt Ansell, concluded:

“Following a competitive recruitment process, Stephanie has been appointed the new Director of Safeguarding. I am really pleased for service continuity that Stephanie is the new Director. Stephanie and I will be spending time over the next few weeks handing over which should provide a smooth transition and reduce the impact of change within the Directorate. Stephanie has been inspirational in her work in Children Services moving the service forward over the last three years and I am sure she will transfer this good work into the role of Director. I wish her every success for the future.

“From my perspective, I will be sad to leave St Helena and I would like to thank all those people who have helped and supported me over the last 16 months. Whilst I am leaving my contract slightly earlier than planned, I have truly enjoyed working and living on St Helena and I wish all its people happiness for the future.”

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6 June 2018

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