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Our Partners

Our expert partners are passionate about educating people who work with children and young people and are ambassadors in child protection, behaviour guidance and child health and safety.


Our partner programme is designed to attract the most skilled training organisations, professionals and educators who have direct contact with a wide range of organisations and individuals who work with children and young people. If you’re interested in becoming a Safe for Children partner, contact us today.

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Tracey Rountree

ADHD New Zealand

Tracey has been working with ADHD NZ to help them fulfill their mission to educate, support and advocate for those affected by ADHD.  She has been presenting the Everyday with ADHD programme for over 8 years, facilitating parent courses and professional workshops around Auckland.  As well as presenting current facts and information on ADHD through this programme, she has lived experience of ADHD and can bring that all important personal perspective to our Safe for Children presentations.

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Lynne Hansen

Altogether Autism

Lynne joined Altogether Autism in 2014. She has extensive experience presenting to groups such as the NZSTA, MOE, MSD and schools. She has also contributed to various educational panels around inclusive education. 

Lynne is also mum to a beautiful little girl called Amy who is 12 years old and has ASD. Lynne lives the experiences of supporting someone with autism and is incredibly passionate about educating and raising autism awareness to support whanau, parents and professionals.

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Harry Aonga

Drowning Prevention Auckland

With a bachelor’s degree in Sport, majoring in Physical Education, Harry has been working with DPA for 11 years with a particular focus on drowning prevention for the Pasifika community. This Team leader position with provide Harry with a wonderful opportunity to leverage his commitment to our diverse community even further. Harry has for many years mentored and supported the team and I am thrilled that he now gets to contribute and grow his natural leadership skills further. 

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Kathryn Berkett

Engage Training

Kathryn has a Master's in Educational Psychology and is certified as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics practitioner with Dr Perry.  Kathryn has has worked and trained in this area for over fifteen years, delivering to a variety of organisations and people including primary and secondary teachers, the Police, Child Youth and Family, prisons, kindergartens, parents, recreation groups, mental health professionals, politicians and corporates. 


John Sigurdsson

Halberg Foundation

John is a Lead Adviser for the Halberg Foundation working with teachers, coaches and enthusiast volunteers in the school and sport sector.  He has been working in the disability sector now for 15 years, 11 of those for the Halberg Foundation where he has been presenting inclusion training sessions in different formats.  Halberg believe in an inclusive New Zealand where we enhance the lives of physically disabled young people by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.  He is qualified with a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree, majoring in sport business and coaching.  Based in Taranaki, he is also a keen sportsman involved in football, golf and running.

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Sarah Agar

Healthy Active Learning (WDHB)

Sarah is Senior Dietitian for the Healthy Active Learning team (Public Health), working alongside Waikato schools and early childhood centres to support a healthy food environment. Sarah has been a registered dietitian for fifteen years, working in a wide range of dietetic specialties including paediatrics, eating disorders, renal and public health. She is a strong believer in fostering curiosity and enjoyment of food in individuals and communities and she enjoys advocating for food system change to improve access to nutritious, affordable food.

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Cate Keville

New Zealand Red Cross

Cate Keville is a NZRC Senior First Aid Instructor based in Wellington. She has an education and training background and has been teaching First Aid for nearly 10 years.  She is also a Pacific First Aid Instructor/Delegate where she travels to Red Cross National Societies throughout the Pacific and trains people to be First Aid Instructors.  For the past 3 years she has been travelling throughout NZ facilitating Psychological First Aid Courses.

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Rod Baxter

Te Whare Manaaki o Ngaio

Rod Baxter is the Director of Impact for Prince’s Trust New Zealand. He previously worked for the Boys and Girls Institute and has been a passionate youth worker for many years. He also runs a range of seminars and workshops on behalf of a number of organisations including Praxis, Ara Taiohi and now Safe For Children.

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Cathy Sweet

Professional Supervisor

BA Education, PG Dip Professional Supervision in Bicultural Practice. Cathy lives in New Brighton with her extended family and lively Jack Russell dog. She has previously worked at the OSCAR Network in Christchurch, and currently works as a Professional Supervisor as well as running Treaty and cultural awareness courses for Safe for Children. Cathy brings to her work her mixed cultural background of English, Ngapuhi/Te Aupouri and Dalmatian heritage.

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Paul Whitaker

Management Consultant

Paul has had a varied career, starting life as a teacher in the UK then moving into a variety of leadership roles both in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. His specialism is in change management, leadership and developing high performing teams.  Paul’s mission is to assist people who work with children to achieve their goals in their professional career and personal life, through sharing his experiences, expertise and knowledge. 


Paul offers a range of services to organizations with the goal of developing workplaces with people at their heart.  In his spare time he currently sits on the boards of: Creative Bay of Plenty, TEDx Tauranga, MOE Establishment Board of Trustees for a new primary school in Papamoa, The Distributions Committee for the Acorn Foundation.


Tessa Clarke

Food Safety Advisor

Tessa Clarke has over 20 years experience in the field of food safety; working with people in a range of businesses to help them achieve excellence in food safety.  Tessa is a qualified Environmental Health Officer with additional qualifications in HACCP and Auditing.  Training has always been a passion of Tessa's and over the years she has worked with a number of businesses to help managers and staff alike understand their responsibilities in providing safe and suitable foods along with the practical measures to achieve it.  Tessa is committed to providing quality training for Safe for Children which assists organisations to grow in a positive direction.

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Barbara Cook

Specialist Science Teacher

Barbara Cook is an NZ registered primary teacher who has worked in the wellness education space for over 20 years. In the last two years she has worked as a specialist science teacher, developing and delivering classes at House of Science (now STEAM-Ed). Her science classes span all levels of the New Zealand curriculum, including children ranging from 5 to 13 years old, and serving both home-educated and after-school students. The foundation of her pedagogy is a respectful, restorative approach to classroom management and learning. Motivated by her passion for well-being and a heart for those students whose interests, abilities and needs take her beyond her lesson plans, Barbara is currently working through a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.


Jacob Verbeek

Neuroscience & Trauma-Informed Educator

Jacob is a neuroscience educator, registered social worker and professional supervisor.

Much of his work at present draws on his training in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics, integrating the core principles of neurodevelopment and traumatology into various services in the education, social work and counselling sector.

Jacob is passionate about seeing people grow in their personal and professional lives and is convinced we all need to make this a priority to thrive in this complex world around us.

Jacob's practice allows him to equip, empower and inspire people to obtain the skills and know-how they need to live and work well with each other in our Aotearoa New Zealand bicultural context. 

Water Safety Training
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SunSmart Sun Protection Alert

The SunSmart Protection Alert tells you the time each day that we need to model being SunSmart and proactively protect the skin and eyes of the children and young people we work with.


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