Andrea King

Andrea King

I have been studying part-time at Regents, Oxford, reading Theology as an openly LGBT+ person of faith, called to ministry, but not able to progress to ordination in the denomination from which I beckoned. I am in my final year of study and complete later this summer. In response to the significant harm experienced by LGBT+ in churches that I saw over many years, I designed and chaired the Creating Sanctuary resources, to enable churches and denominational leaders to understand the impact of harm on LGBT+ people and promote safer churches for all.

I have worked in children’s services for almost twenty years, starting in the voluntary sector, working for central government and providing leadership in Local Authorities, NHS England/Improvement and now as the Director for the Clinical Division at the Anna Freud Centre.

I am passionate about improving outcomes for those with little voice or power, who experience adversity, inequality or harm. I specialise in innovation and building sustainable improvement, by listening with care to the expertise and insight of local people. My approach is primarily restorative. I seek first to understand others, to understand their pressures, priorities, hopes and fears. I am often asked to facilitate difficult conversations using this approach. I provide safeguarding consultancy in various parts of the country to partnership leaders, where leadership support is needed to improve safeguarding arrangements; or where learning is sought from complex, and often emotive, situations.