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 with adults who have 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 £59 million funding for families, children and young people. She was invited to be a member of the Year 2 steering group in the Office of the Children’s Commissioner of England’s School Exclusions Inquiry, 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 the 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 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 she 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.