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Sir Roger Singleton was appointed by the Home Secretary to be the first chairman of the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in May 2007. This was a new Non Departmental Public Body created to help protect children and vulnerable adults by deciding who should be statutorily barred from working with them.
As well as being a Government adviser, Sir Roger is a consultant in charity governance and management; a non-executive director; and a chair and trustee of several charities. He has a background in education, children’s services, policy and management and is the former chief executive of Barnardo’s. Whilst at Barnardo’s he significantly expanded the organisation and leading the charities change from an association running residential homes to one principally supporting children and young people within their own homes and communities. Within this evolution, under Sir Roger, services for children and young people with learning disabilities (and their families) became a major component of the work Barnardo's do.
From April 2009 until June 2010 he was the Government’s first Chief Adviser on the Safety of Children. This followed the report of Lord Laming into the protection of children in England and the Baby Peter tragedy.
He is married with two adult daughters and four grandchildren. He lives in East Anglia.
“I am delighted to have this link with the Ann Craft Trust and to share in the important work of helping to protect people with learning disabilities from abuse.”
Sir Roger Singleton CBE
Kate Spicer is a writer and filmmaker. She has two brothers, Will and Tom. Tom has Fragile X Syndrome and is severely learning disabled. Kate and Will recently made a film about Tom, Mission to Lars.
She hopes to bring learning disability more into the view of popular culture. While much of her activism around this is found in her work with Mencap, her experience of life with Tom, and her awareness of the unacceptably high incidence of abuse of both learning disabled adults and children meant she was extremely happy and excited to be working with us.
"When we see people without a voice suffering, it is our human instinct and moral obligation to pipe up"
Writer, Filmaker. Find Kate on twitter @spicerlife (picture by Chris Floyd)