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Before becoming a Solicitor, Dominik Opalinski worked as a teacher in Inner London caring for children and young people from deprived backgrounds with significant learning difficulties.
His experience persuaded him to pursue the law and, more specifically, to use the law to champion the education, human rights and protection of children and other vulnerable people.
Dominik’s practice is now predominantly focused on safeguarding issues.
He is a specialist in both training and mentoring leaders of charities and NGOS in all aspects of effective governance and risk management and assisting the judiciary and law enforcement in developing countries develop sustainable and effective child protection and anti-gender violence initiatives.
However, as well as co-ordinating and leading safeguarding investigations and structural reviews in the UK and abroad, Dominik has a extensive experience in creating effective and practical solutions designed to deliver systemic change to the safeguarding culture and standards of institutions including religious orders, charities, NGOs and schools and universities.
The projects Dominik has been brought into to lead are as diverse as the organisations that have asked for his help.
He has pioneered survivor-led civil justice schemes on an international level to provide meaningful justice and increased accountability.
He has designed and implemented a unique UK support scheme for families of emergency services personnel.
He has developed organisational capacity and capability to combat gender-based violence, extremism, peer abuse, harassment and other harmful behaviour in educational institutions and NGOs operations.
Away from work Dominik enjoys reading, music, and – when permissible – travelling although he admits his garden has given him more than enough to do while travel has been difficult.
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