Marion Layberry | Safeguarding Representative

OBE

My family have been farmers in Knockholt for around 170 years, and I was born not two miles across the fields from where I now live. I was Christened in Knockholt Church by the Rev'd Hobley, and went to Knockholt School aged three and a half - a bit young by today's standards!

I've had a varied career, including a spell in Fleet Street, but somehow I ended up as a foster carer and then a social worker and special needs teacher. I decided that things should really be better for children in foster care, so set up one of the first independent, not-for-profit Fostering Agencies back in the 1990s. I tried to retire from that role a few years ago, but it wasn't to be, and I have now set up another fostering agency, with an emphasis on continuing care, once young people leave the care system. Any money generated will be ploughed back into our charity, the purpose of which is to support care leavers. I was honoured to receive an OBE for my efforts in this field.

I am acutely aware of the importance of keeping our young people safe, particularly in the current challenging climate, and I hope we can work together to make sure the processes we put in place support that goal.