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21 Apr
BSA virtual day seminar: Guardianship safeguarding training
21 Apr 2021 - 21 Apr 2021




BSA virtual day seminar

Title: Guardianship safeguarding training


Date: April 21, 2021
Time: 10:30 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30
Speakers: Dale Wilkins, Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training & Ammy Davies-Potter, Director of Guardianship and Inclusion
Audience: This training day is designed for Full membership certified educational Guardians and is a requirement for Provisional certified educational Guardians as part of their process to Full membership.


BSA Group, and our member schools, are looking to work with the best educational Guardians, and our Certified Guardian Scheme is an assurance of that professional quality.
This training day, and the certification programme, provides assurance to BSA boarding schools that they are dealing with educational Guardians who have the highest standards in safeguarding and child protection, safer recruitment and training of staff and host families, and careful liaison with parents and schools.

The Certified Guardian Scheme is a clear demonstration to BSA boarding schools of the quality and intention of the educational Guardians who reach certified status. For those who engage with this programme, training opportunities to maintain high standards will be offered specifically for Guardians, in addition to being able to access the wider training and conference programme offered by BSA Group at the member rate.


Training day content:

  • A guide to best practice in being a Guardian
  • Advanced safeguarding training
  • Writing and adhering to policies and procedures
  • Safer recruitment training
  • Training host families and other suppliers
  • Best practice in working with host families, parents and boarding schools
  • UKVI rules and requirements
  • Understanding the UK boarding school market, current trends and ethos



Speakers: Dale Wilkins, BSA, Director of Safeguarding, Standards and Training, and Ammy Davies-Potter, BSA, Director of Guardianship and Inclusion

Dale joined the BSA during Summer 2017 with responsibility for safeguarding and standards.  In July 2019 he also assumed responsibility for the BSA’s training programme, including both day seminars and accredited training courses.  Dale leads on all safeguarding and inspection matters for the BSA, including managing the Commitment to Care Charter, the annual Safeguarding Conference, the Safeguarding Forum.   He has also developed a process of BSA Accreditation for our overseas members. 

For 31 years Dale was a boarding practitioner.  After boarding positions at Norwich School and Tettenhall College, Dale became a Housemaster at Old Swinford Hospital in 1992, and was promoted to Deputy Head in 2007, and subsequently also DSL. He has also been a multi-agency trainer for the Dudley Safeguarding Children’s Board and has been closely involved in inspection in state and independent boarding since 2002.

Dale had previously been a BSA course tutor since 1998 and developed the BSA Self-Assessment Toolkit.


Ammy has recently joined the BSA Group as Director of Guardianship and Inclusion. She qualified as a teacher in 1991 and then spent her career in boarding school roles. Prior to that, she was educated at Downend School, Bristol. Gaining a First-Class degree in Human Biology and Geology from Hertfordshire University, she then went on to study for a PGCE at the University of Oxford. She holds an MEd from the University of Bristol and is working towards her MA in Inclusive Education at Bath Spa University. She initially taught at Bromsgrove School and then at St John’s College School Cambridge, before moving in 1995 to become a Housemistress at Westonbirt School. In 2010 she joined St Mary’s Calne, initially as a Housemistress and subsequently joining the SLT as Senior Mistress and DSL and finally as Deputy Head (Pastoral).  

Prior to moving on to post-graduate study, she spent a year working for the NHS in the field of genetics. She completed her NPQH in 2000 as well as her AMBDA and APC in 2019. When she isn’t working, Ammy can be found spending time with her family, exploring parts of the UK and abroad or walking the Pembrokeshire coastal path with her Labrador Odin.


Virtual day seminar