Who we are

Phil Barnett and Debbie Betteridge are Safe and Equal’s partners. They have worked in the further education and skills sector for many years and boast a wealth of experience and accomplishments.

Debbie has a deep understanding of organisational development and the needs of learners and staff. She has designed and delivered many professional development programmes. She has supported numerous providers review and develop their safeguarding practice. She was the Designated Safeguarding Person for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. She worked for England Rugby 2015 as their Safeguarding Consultant and was the Designated Safeguarding Person during the Rugby World Cup 2015 tournament.

Phil has held senior roles in further and adult education colleges, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Learning and Skills Council. He is the author of a number of key sector equality & diversity research reports published by the Centre for Excellence in Leadership and LSIS and has created nationally recognised DVDs and other staff development resources in the equality and diversity field.

Phil and Debbie were part of a small team who created the original LSIS safeguarding programmes and have had many years of experience in delivering safeguarding training across the further education and skills sector for both LSIS and SELP.

Phil Barnett

Debbie Betteridge

Phil was a founder member of the LSIS safeguarding team. He created many of the LSIS safeguarding programmes, and delivered all of the programmes to the learning and skills sector across the country.

He was a member of the LSIS Equality and Diversity, Higher Apprenticeships and Preparing for Inspection teams and is an Associate of AoC and ACER.

A highly experienced staff trainer and facilitator, Phil specialises in safeguarding and equality & diversity, using blended and participative learning designed to support staff to embed these areas into their daily work. He trains staff at all levels of seniority and in all roles, including teachers, instructors, assessors, managers, senior staff, governors and board members.

Other career highlights include, consultancy that supported an FE college to raise the OFSTED grading of its equality and diversity work from “unsatisfactory” to “outstanding,” creating the LSIS DVD and online staff development programme “Visible and Valued,” on sexual orientation equality and leading research on all aspects of equality and diversity the most recent of which, “Managing the interface: sexual orientation and faith” was published by LLUK in 2010 and “Succession planning and racial equality” was published by CEL in 2009.

Debbie has extensive experience in the learning and skills sector as a teacher, senior and middle manager. She has worked in a range of provider organisations and for national organisations. Based on her depth of sector and safeguarding knowledge Debbie was a founder member of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) safeguarding team. She has both developed and delivered a range of successful safeguarding programmes. In addition she also designs and delivers impactful Leadership and Quality Improvement training, specialising in Leading People, Live Self-Assessment and Observation of Teaching Learning and Assessment.

She is a creative, enthusiastic and positive person committed to learning and development. For the past twelve years she has been responsible for a full range of professional development opportunities across the sector and has always seen this as a very important element for staff and the impact this has on learners and the learner experience

Most recently she has had responsibility for the management of the LSIS safeguarding programme and reviewed and further developed the renowned LSIS safeguarding on-line learning tool. This tool has over 58,000 users!

A special career highlight was in February 2012 when Debbie joined the London 2012 team in the development of the safeguarding practice for both the Olympics and the Paralympic Games. She also managed elements of the individual checking process for a full range of volunteers and staff.