Rod Salter

Safeguarding and Research Lead

Rod designed, set up and managed the original PROMISE model within Somerset County Council in 1999. He helped manage the transition to the charitable sector in 2016. From mid 2022, and now, in a part-time capacity, he takes lead roles for safeguarding and research.

Rod Salter

Rod's primary interests relate to all aspects of children’s and young people’s development, including cultural, societal, economic, social policy and psychological. His wide research interests reflect this. He has a particular intertest in the theoretical underpinnings of mentoring and its immense practical and therapeutic potential for improving the lives of vulnerable young people. He is currently drafting a book on this topic. From his social work experience in child protection, he maintains a strong emphasis and broad focus on safeguarding.

His employment has transitioned from working in the private and commercial sectors to the education and social work professions. After returning to Bristol University for postgraduate studies in Social Work and Applied Social Science, he joined Social Services in Somerset where he concentrated on safeguarding, child protection and leading a team specialising in Youth Justice, children in care, care-leavers, and adolescent support.  He then set up and managed the PROMISE mentoring programme and later the Route 1 Advocacy Service.  He left the Local Authority early in 2019 to prioritise the development of PROMISEworks.

Rod is a registered social worker with the professional body, Social Work England. 

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