30 March 2017
Kidscape works tirelessly to promote the anti-bullying message and shine a spotlight on child protection issues.
They equip young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and help safeguard children across the UK. They do this through the provision of free workshops for bullied children, by providing training and consultancy to others to increase the impact of their work, and they offer advice, information, lesson plans and resources.
Their important advocacy and media work helps ensure that concerns for safeguarding children are high on the national agenda. They seek to develop their excellent relationships with government, build on their important lobbying work, strengthen their engagement with politicians and work with an ever increasing number of organisations and individuals to extend their reach and promote Kidscape’s mission.
They are experienced, respected and their work is backed by vital evidence demonstrating the impact that they have.
Following the announcement in the summer of 2016 that their long-serving Chief Executive, was to step down from the role, in January 2017 they sought another inspiring individual, capable of building on their firm foundations, who could quickly assess where they were today and more importantly, work with their trustees and staff to lead the organisation through the next stage of its development.
They were looking for a new CEO, who shared their passion and commitment to preventing bullying and protecting children, who would bring their business skills, honed in a similar not for profit environment, to develop new income streams to sustain and grow the organisation.
Oxford HR was successful in appointing Lauren Seager-Smith, who at the time was leading the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, based at the National Children’s Bureau, providing leadership across the sector, delivering high impact programme work to tackle bullying and coordinating the Anti-Bullying Week campaign in schools each year.
Previous to this Lauren had managed an education advocacy service in North London with Save the Children, had worked in behaviour support with early teens and started her professional life coordinating overseas youth volunteer placements with GAP Activity Projects.
Lauren had a well-established profile in the anti-bullying and children’s sector, is a regular public speaker and media spokesperson and never misses an opportunity to champion the rights of children to a life free from bullying and abuse. Lauren is also a trustee of her local food bank.