Keith Oddy

Keith Oddy established KO Child Protection Services in 2015, having completed in excess of 30 years with the Metropolitan Police, mainly as a supervising Detective predominantly working in Child Protection, Complex Paedophile cases and child murders, across London, the UK and internationally. 

His experience includes working on street crime units, tackling drugs, prostitution, engaging in youth projects in the Kings Cross, East and North London areas and child abuse (from 1991).

Keith moved into full time Child Protection investigations in 1998, becoming an accomplished Complex Paedophile Case Investigator. He provided interviews for radio and television, on higher profile national child sex abuse cases.

Since then, Keith has been involved in thousands of Child Protection investigations, working at local, and national levels, with Local Authority, Health and Education partners. In addition, as a Supervising Detective, Keith has also been involved in around 50 investigations into child murders and suspicious child deaths, mainly in domestic, and hospital settings, conducting interviews, Family Liaison, Investigating Officer and Holmes Incident Room Manager roles in overseeing suspicious child death and murder investigations. 

Keith assisted policy planning for interviewing vulnerable witnesses, sensitive crime investigation methods and covert investigation in the Child Homicide Team. Working with the Home Office, Keith was party to gaining the first national conviction for child abuse ‘prohibited image’ offences.

In 2012 Keith was a guest speaker at the Association of Chief Police Officers National Family Liaison Officer Conference on managing complex family relationships. He presented on the ‘witchcraft belief’ based murder of a 15-year-old boy within the UK French Congolese community.  

Over the last 3 years of police service, Keith jointly planned and introduced London’s first Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Under ECM (Every Child Matters) criteria, we were jointly able to co-locate Children’s Services, Health, statutory and voluntary agencies, detecting and preventing harm to children and young people. Keith assisted having a lead role progressing London’s first ‘Integrated MASH’ – combining Child and Adult Safeguarding. 

Keith also qualified in 2013 as a Social Care Institute of Excellence Serious Case Reviewer, working on such for Local Authority Safeguarding Children’s Boards.

Keith was also a guest speaker at the first London MASH Conference and in 2014 presented at the National MASH Conference on Intelligence Led Safeguarding. 

Following the investigation and conviction of an Olympic GB Swimming Coach, Keith maintained positive working links with Swim England, over the following 23 years. During that time, he remained a ‘Swimline’ volunteer, responding to child safeguarding concerns within Aquatic sports. He assisted in ongoing training and guidance for Area, County and Club Welfare Officers within swimming.

Keith also worked for a range of large and smaller Sports National Governing Bodies, holding integrated but Independent roles to help support and guide cases and policy with the aim of ‘Listening, acting and preventing’ risk of harm to children, helping organisations to keep this a priority, including at Board level. 

Keith has significant knowledge and enthusiasm in this field, given also his activity within sport, to Masters Swimming European and World Championship levels, including being a former joint GB and European Swimming Record holder.

Keith also has experience as a former FA Club Welfare Officer and has been involved in Club sport since 1972. 

KO Child Protection Services were also delighted to be asked to present at the launch event of the UK’s Centre for Child Protection & Safeguarding in Sport.  We were also grateful to present to Sport England’s Integrity Conference around managing Child Abuse in Aquatic Sports. 

We have, we believe, industry leading experience and awareness of the influence of the variety of Child Safeguarding roles, and absolute desire to continue promoting the safeguarding of children and young people within sporting and leisure environments, from ‘grass roots’, club and elite level.

Listen, act and prevent