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Christine Davies CBE


Christine is the former chief executive of the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO) which identified and disseminated ‘what works’ in children’s services, working with local authorities, health services, schools and voluntary and community organisations across England.

Christine also established and led the previous government’s ‘Narrowing the Gap’ programme, which identified leading practice in helping close the ‘gap’ between advantaged and disadvantaged children and young people.

Previously a teacher, psychologist and local authority director of children’s services, Christine has advised successive British governments on education, child poverty, safeguarding and early intervention and has also advised the Australian, Netherlands and Russian Governments. She is currently a member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales, a trustee of the Early Intervention Foundation, a member of the advisory board for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, and chair of local authority children’s improvement boards and an LSCB (Local Safeguarding Children’s Board). She also leads seminars for headteachers and their senior teams on safeguarding in schools.

Christine was awarded the CBE in 2005 for ‘an outstanding contribution to education’.

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