Jane Held


Jane Held is the former director of social services for the London Borough of Camden and has over 30 years’ experience of working in social services at senior level. Her work encompasses a range of projects relating to children’s policy where she has built a national profile for her work in safeguarding practice, strategy and policy. Nationally she has worked for a range of public sector bodies including the Local Government Association, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Improvement and Development Agency and Commission for Social Care Inspection (now the Care Quality Commission). Jane is the operation lead for the Narrowing the Gap Programme, a DCSF-sponsored initiative designed to narrow the gap between vulnerable children and their peers. She is vice chair of the National Children’s Bureau and the independent chair of Leeds Safeguarding Children Board.


Our Services and Solutions

Verita Consultancy Limited is a leading independent serious investigations consultancy for regulated organisations. Based in London and Leeds we specialise in carrying out objective investigations of complex and often sensitive issues in a thorough and progressive manner.

We provide organisations with specialist support and advise them on challenging operational and strategic issues in order to help them evolve and improve. At Verita, we are known for our thoroughness and commitment to producing evidence-based reports and advice that not only withstand rigorous challenge but provide insight and a clear path to resolution or improvement.

Our approach is measured, appropriate and acutely focused on finding solutions. Our approach saves our clients time and money by getting it right the first time.


Areas that we cover include:

Serious incidents

Compliance concerns

Complaint handling

Governance issues

Reviews and inquiries



Quality assessment

Consultancy services

Diagnostic tools

Independent review service

Root cause analysis training