My name is Lesley Hurst and I came to work for Schools Safeguarding following a career of over 20 years working for Lancashire County Council in a number of support roles. I began as an Education Welfare Officer and following the devolvement of the Education Welfare Service I then went on to work as a Learning Mentor, Attendance Officer and more latterly Pastoral and Behaviour Team Lead. I have worked in numerous settings including primary, secondary and also a pupil referral unit.
I have been a DSL for many years and thoroughly enjoyed the role even though it can be extremely demanding. I am delighted to be able to now run supervision with DSLs and other school staff as I am only too well aware of the challenges that are faced. I also run training sessions and audits in schools both of which are so vitally important to ensuring that safeguarding standards are continually reviewed and monitored to ensure best practise.
Previous to my time working for Lancashire County Council I was a Police Officer in the Metropolitan Police Service, there I spent 13 years patrolling London’s West End. Whilst in the police, amongst many other things I was a specialist sexual offences investigator, I ran a domestic violence unit, I was integral in the setting up of the 32 Youth Offending Teams in London and this included me travelling to Blackburn to advise them when they where going through the process of opening theirs. I also received a commendation for bravery, something that I am very proud of, but rarely tell people.
I am passionate about best outcomes for all and am a keen mental health advocate. I have under taken a considerable amount of training in my own time to assist me to inspire others reach their goals.
In my free time life I have three sons, two of whom have now left home (and I’m working on the third!!) I love to spend time with the boys and my dog Poppy. I enjoy getting out for walks with Poppy and my friends and enjoy a bit of gardening (but I am a bit of a fair weather gardener!).