DR Steve Bailey, who retires in July after more than ten years as headteacher of Twyford School, has been appointed chairman of the Safeguarding and Child Protection Association.

Having taught in Hampshire for 40 years, including 29 years at Winchester College, Dr Bailey is a member of the Board of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (SACPA), as well as being safeguarding governor at Kings’ secondary school.

Dr Bailey said: “I am excited to be taking on this new challenge after such a rewarding time leading Twyford.

“SACPA provides a unique opportunity to represent safeguarding professionals working with children and young adults. The association brings together a unique blend of educational organisations, voluntary bodies and charities, and I am looking forward to working with the government to improve the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults.”

Launched in October 2019, SACPA is the first UK and international membership association for professionals or volunteers working in safeguarding and child protection.

The association provides an online policy hub, guidance, advice, training, forums and an annual conference.

Dr Bailey will be succeeded at Twyford by Andrew Harvey, currently headmaster of The Paragon School in Bath.