Adele is a senior associate in Farrer & Co’s Safeguarding Unit, which advises organisations – in this country and around the world – working with children, or adults with care and support needs. Within the Safeguarding Unit, Adele is responsible for the charity sector, and co-leads on the sports sector.
Adele specialises in safeguarding and child protection law. She was a member of the Independent Review Panel appointed to advise the Department for Education on the allocation of £59M funding for families, children and young people. And was invited to be a member of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner of England’s School Exclusions Enquiry Year 2 steering group looking at illegal exclusions.
Adele advises charities (from a UK and overseas perspective), sports organisations and governing bodies, and schools, on a wide range of areas including best practice in safeguarding governance; safer recruitment; creating and maintaining a safe organisational culture; conducting risk assessments; handling safeguarding crises; safeguarding audits and reviews; the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (its Children Outside of the UK, and Residential Schools Investigations); introducing a low-level concerns policy and/or culture; peer-on-peer abuse; mental health issues, and on-line safety.
Also committed to thought leadership and innovative practice in safeguarding and child protection, Adele has facilitated the establishment of a safeguarding steering group, which is represented by large national and international charities.
Adele is particularly driven to help address the challenges faced by vulnerable children and young people – in this country and beyond. She has been a member of the Board of the CSJ since January 2017 and is an adviser to the Board of Trustees of UP Unlocking Potential, and sits on the Advisory Panel of the charity IntoUniversity – in support of which she recently cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Adele has a BA in Italian from University College London, and gained her legal qualifications from The College of Law, London.
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP was first elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of Chingford and Woodford Green in London on 1st April 1992. In his first Parliament, June 1992-97, he opposed the Maastricht Treaty believing that if it passed, it would over a period of time, be followed by a series of other treaty changes that would change the relationship between the UK and the EU that would eventually make it untenable for the UK to be a member. He was also a member of a number of Select Committees during that time.
Between 1997 and 2001, he was Shadow Secretary of State for Social Security and then Secretary of State for Defence. From 2001 to 2003, he was leader of the Conservative Party and then from 2003, having stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party, he set up the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). The CSJ was an organisation dedicated to focussing on the problems facing those in the lowest income groups in society. It published a series of reports, perhaps the most significantly, “Breakthrough Britain: Ending the Costs of Social Breakdown”, focusing on the five pathways to poverty and a Conservative way to implement social justice and improve the quality of the poorest in society. It is also worth noting that in 2013, the CSJ published the paper on modern day slavery, “It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to Fight Modern Slavery”, which subsequently led to Theresa May enacting legislation on this matter.
In 2010, Iain Duncan Smith became Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, a position he held until he resigned in a dispute with the Chancellor over his determination to reduce his expenditure on disability benefits by over £1 billion. During his time as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, he undertook the most significant programme of welfare reform in modern times, transforming the benefit and pension systems, as well as employment services and support. Perhaps the most significant reforms were the introduction of Universal Credit, (bringing together the six unemployment and sickness benefits), the Work Programme, for the first time bringing together private and voluntary sectors to get unemployed people back into work, and the introduction of the Single Tier Pension simplifying the State Pension.
“What a resounding tribute to former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith. In a single year, the number of children growing up in jobless homes has plummeted by 170,000 to its lowest on record. Politics is strewn with the wreckage of dreams that turned to dust. But IDS achieved what he set out to do, igniting hope for so many who had none. He has served this country well.”
[Daily Mail, 27th July]
He took a lead role in the Vote Leave campaign ahead of the EU referendum on 23 June 2016 appearing many times in the media and public debates and is now working alongside colleagues to ensure the Government achieves a smooth and rapid exit from the EU and forms a new relationship based on trade, continuing friendship and cooperation.
Before entering politics, he served in the Scots Guards from 1975 to 1982. During this time, he saw service in Northern Ireland and Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe. After leaving the army, he worked in industry, first with the GUC and then as a Director of a property company and subsequently as a Director at the publishing company, Jane’s Information Group.
Stephen leads the Legatum Institute’s Centre for Metrics and is an Advisor to the Saudi Government. He has been a Director at Social Finance; and he also advised the UK Department for Work and Pensions from 2010 to 2013. Prior to joining DWP, Stephen spent 15 years at Oliver Wyman, where he was a Partner, and served a term as the head of its London Office.
Stephen has a B.Sc from University College, Dublin and a D.Phil in Computation and M.A in Law from Christ Church, Oxford.
Following her own experience of alcoholism and her journey into recovery, Noreen Oliver MBE founded the BAC (Burton Addiction Centre) O’Connor centres in Staffordshire. She has extensive experience in the field of rehabilitation and integrated services. Over the last 14 years, she has developed a Recovery Community in Staffordshire which has received numerous awards, and rehabilitated thousands of individuals and families, from detoxification through to independent living and into employment. In 2011 she became the first woman to be named an Honorary Freewoman of the Borough of East Staffordshire. Noreen was an Olympic Torch bearer in 2012 as recognition for her work to both raise the profile of and address drug and alcohol issues. Noreen is chair and founder of the Recovery Group UK and co-chair of The Recovery Partnership, which reports directly to The Inter-Ministerial group on Drugs. She is also founder of the O’Connor Gateway Charitable Trust, which in September 2011 opened Langan’s Tea Rooms, a social enterprise and training centre located in the heart of Burton on Trent. As of 2013 Noreen is also a member of the CVLS Honours Committee.
Cara has been working at the CSJ since September 2008, during which time she managed the Fundraising Team for four years and served as the Deputy Director for three years. Cara currently acts as a consultant to the CSJ focusing primarily on strategy and development. Cara has also been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014.
Prior to joining the CSJ, Cara worked at the Stockholm Network, a pan-European think tank, where she was Head of Media and Communications. Cara started out her career working as Iain Duncan Smith’s Constituency Secretary when he was Leader of the Opposition. Following this, Cara toured the UK as part of Michael Howard’s General Election campaign team in 2005.
Cara has a strong interest in tackling social breakdown and improving broken communities. She also acts as a pro bono consultant to a number of charitable causes. She graduated from Bristol University in 2002 with a 2:1 in Ancient History.