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Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

We are a unique, survivor-led and professionally-informed safeguarding and wellbeing consultancy based in the heart of Yorkshire at the Nostell Priory Estate.  We deliver safeguarding consultancy, face-to-face courses, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England Courses, DfE-accredited Senior Mental Health Lead training, and Mind, Body and Spirit Retreats.

About Sarah

Hello, my name is Sarah and I am an Independent Safeguarding & Wellbeing Trainer and Consultant based in Yorkshire.  I am also a Licensed Instructor for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England.  

I offer safeguarding training to the public, private and third sectors, to enable practitioners and managers to keep children, young people and adults at risk safe and protect them from harm.  My understanding of safeguarding enables me to deliver high quality, easy-to-understand bespoke training and awareness-raising sessions on a range of different safeguarding themes to multi-agency audiences.   

I deliver face-to-face training only, as I believe in offering only the highest quality training.  All of my courses are very well evaluated.    Training can be delivered at my bespoke training suite at Nostell Priory or I can come to you, the client, if you prefer.

My company is a DfE approved and accredited supplier of the Senior Mental Health Lead Training course, details can be found here

To discuss your training needs, please get in touch using the details below. | 07929 053008


Autumn Update

At SHS it’s been a busy new academic year.  We were really pleased to welcome our Senior Mental Health Lead Training Cohort 5 to Nostell Priory, Wakefield last week. This course is wonderful and we had a really supportive two days of learning with 10 new schools joining our SMHL family.

Here is some more good news! Our SMHL Training Cohort 6 is now open for booking and will begin in March 2024. Furthermore, the Department for Education (DfE) has announced that schools can now apply for a second grant! Please see below!

Senior Mental Health Lead – DfE offers second grants

The DfE has announced that eligible settings can apply for a Senior Mental Health Lead training grant to commence training by 31 March 2024. Relevant schools can also now claim a second grant to train a new person if the Senior Mental Health Lead they previously trained left their setting before embedding a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing. The grant can be used to cover (or contribute to) the cost of attending a quality assured course, and may also be used to hire supply staff while Leads are engaged in learning.   

The DfE offers grants of £1,200 for eligible state-funded schools and colleges in England to train a Senior Mental Health Lead to develop and implement a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing. This training is not compulsory, but it is part of the government’s commitment to offer this training to all eligible schools and colleges by 2025. Although independent schools are not eligible for a grant, all assured courses are available to their staff.

Use your grant to access our course! You won’t pay a penny!

The £1,200 grant can only be used to access a DfE-assured course and pay for any supply cover.  Our Senior Mental Health Lead course is assured by the DfE: our supplier number is SMHL092.  It is delivered by Sarah Henry and Jayne James.  You can find more details on the DfE’s website here: Senior mental health lead training – GOV.UK (

For details of all of our courses, head over to our What’s On page.

Our next Designated Safeguarding Lead Course will be held on Friday, 2nd February 2024.  Details and booking here. 

Our next Senior Mental Health Lead Course will begin on

7th & 8th March & 12th April 2024

Please visit our Senior Mental Health Lead Training page for full details and booking information. 

We provide a Safeguarding Policy health check and writing service.   Whether you are in need of a policy from scratch or a check of your existing policy to ensure it is up to date, we can help.  Feedback from a recent client: “When I work with you, your safety is paramount. I have even invested in a safeguarding policy specific to my work with you, devised by safeguarding expert @sarahhenry2002. Because it matters! All trainers should have one!” Read more.

SHS joins We Are Wakefield

We are delighted to have recently become members of the business community ‘We Are Wakefield’ and we were thrilled to collect our plaque that is now at the training suite at Nostell Priory.  For further information about the We Are Wakefield Community, please head to We Are Wakefield Business Collaboration & Networking.

Sarah holding plaque

Mind, Body & Spirit: Retreats & Reiki Healing

New to the SHS Healing Space for 2023, Sarah is now offering Mind, Body and Spirit Day Retreats and Reiki Healing. Please visit our Mind, Body & Spirit page for details and dates. 

“One hundred caring and passionate people in the room creating powerful change.”   Click here to read about the day.

We launched The Community Child Protection Pledge 2022 last year and we will continue to spread the word about this important pledge. To receive your electronic copy to print and share please email (this is a not-for-profit communication campaign).

Our Clients Include
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership Logo
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership Logo
Yorkshire Ambulance Service Logo
West Yorkshire Police Logo
Wakefield Council Logo
Middlesborough Football Club Logo
Andys Mad Club Logo
Barnsley Council Logo
Barnsley College Logo
Diocese of York Logo
Barnardo's Logo
Medway Council Logo
engie logo
Five Rivers Logo
Safehouses Fostering Logo
Education Training Collection logo
Star Bereavement
National Autistic Society logo
Bradford council

If you are worried or concerned about a child, please tell someone.  You can contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or your local authority social services department.  If there is a danger to life, please phone 999 for the emergency services.

If you are worried about an adult please contact your local authority Social Services department.   If there is a danger to life, please phone 999 for the emergency services.

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Responsibility

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