About us

Introducing In Safe Hands Educators In Safety Pty Ltd

Since 2005 In Safe Hands Educators In Safety have built an invaluable reputation as the most trusted provider of Child Protection services in Australia.

In Safe Hands Educators In Safety has provided training to employees of over 1000 Government, Corporate and not for profit organisations.

At In Safe Hands Educators In Safety, our practical experience as Detectives investigating and managing child abuse cases, and our formal training and studies in education, law and psychology, provide us with a unique insight into the issue of Child Protection. We have the ability, based on real world knowledge, to know what works and what doesn’t. Children and adults need skills that are well practiced and part of their subconscious behaviour – rather than behaviours designed to be employed only in a time of crisis. Our strategies are simple, easy to use, and are easily adopted subconsciously into people’s daily lives so that in a time of crisis, they are utilised without second thought.

At In Safe Hands Educators In Safety, we centre our teaching methodology on educating as real life teachers of real life lessons - teachers who have been there and seen things first hand and have the ability to convert this experience into valuable knowledge for others.  But probably most importantly, we’ve all had our own children – so we understand the stresses and challenges facing parents, carers and educators today. We know what it’s like to be pushed to breaking point, to feel frustrated, and to struggle when money’s tight. We also know how important it is to keep our children safe – and we know this can only be done using real and practical strategies.

With all of our experience, we have a genuine appreciation of the realities of today’s world. We know that text books don’t have all the answers and that often the best lessons are learnt through experience.  It’s our experience we share which gives people a real and practical insight into Child Protection and into understanding current legislation and literature. We demonstrate how Child Protection strategies put in place consistently from an early age, can continue to protect children through to their adult years – and can then be passed on to their children, creating perpetual learning.

We offer a series of Child Protection courses both online and face to face, designed to meet mandatory training requirements and provide participants with the skills and knowledge to provide best practice Child Protection on a daily basis. Our unique and innovative training system embraces a proactive ‘whole of population’ approach to Child Protection, which has as its primary goal the prevention of child abuse.



In Safe Hands Educators In Safety have been nominated and awarded the following:

2018 – Australian Small Business Champion Awards Finalist

2017 – Moreton Bay Region Business Marketing Excellence Award Finalist

2017 – Australian Small Business Champion Awards Finalist

2016 – Telstra Australian Business Awards Qld Category Winner

2016 – Telstra Australian Business Awards Qld Finalist

2016 – Australian Small Business Champion Awards Finalist

2014 – Telstra Australian Business Awards 2014 Nominee


Our Key People

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Pecic has nearly 30 years’ experience in child protection case management, investigation and education. He served with distinction as a Detective with the Queensland Police Service for 20 years investigating child abuse offences, being awarded the Assistant Commissioner’s award for dedication to child protection. His key achievements and experience included:

  • Awarded a Churchill Fellowship to extend his expert knowledge on international child protection practices.  This included 8 weeks’ study of child protection practices in America.
  • A member of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) since 2011.
  • A member of the Australian Government Advisory Child Protection Committee.
  • Lead Investigator in over 10,000 child protection investigations over a 19 year period as a Detective in Child Abuse Units with the Queensland Police Sevrice.
  • Officer In Charge of the busiest Child Protection Investigation Unit in Australia for 3 years.
  • Lead the investigation into the “Baby Kate” Ombudsmen report, which made key recommendations to sweeping changes to Government child protection practices.
  • Served as the Chief Inspector for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland for 4 years where he worked closely at an executive level with Government Departments in regard to legislation and community expectations.
  • Founder and CEO of In Safe Hands Educators In Safety Pty Ltd. 
  • He has dedicated the last 10 years to education and awareness of child protection issues.
  • He has formal qualifications in management, training, investigation practices and public safety.



As a mother of two young boys Tracie Pecic knows and understands the safety issues presented to parents on a daily basis.  Having dedicated 20 years serving Queensland as an operational Police Officer she is also very aware of the real dangers these safety issues present to young children.  Her key achievements and experience included:

  • 10 years she has investigated and managed complex and sensitive child abuse and neglect cases. 
  • First female officer attached to the Queensland Police Service Public Safety response group. She has undertaken specialist training in public safety, response and education. 
  • She has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Police Investigation) and other key qualifications in community safety.
  • Tracie is currently completing her Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Intervention. 



Child Protection Expert

Jim OBrien is a father of two and a grandfather of one.  Jim has in excess of 26 years' policing experience in investigating and case managing complex and protracted child protection matters. He was a senior advisor for the Queensland Government multi-disciplinary SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse & Neglect) Team system and sat on five different SCAN teams in Queensland. Jim has also served as the Vice Chairman of PACT - Protecting All Children Today, a not-for-profit organisation that supports non-offending children and their families in the Criminal Justice System.  Jim also served on the Board of Directors for MacKillop Community Services Queensland Limited which oversees a number of community-based Josephite ministries operating under the ethos of Mary MacKillop in caring for people in need.  Jim's public speaking and presentation skills have received positive feedback from participants who have been grateful that his style can deliver child protection messages in an informal and non-confrontational method.



Training Development Manager

Storm Sandilands spent 14 years in the New Zealand Police. As a detective she worked in all areas of the Criminal Investigation Branch including Child Protection, high risk domestic violence, sexual assaults and homicide. She is a qualified negotiator as well as a specialist interviewer of adult victims and witnesses of crime including sexual abuse and homicide.

After a stint back on the frontline as a Sergeant, injuries saw her take a more logistical role which included organising police for the 75th annual Waitangi Day celebrations and the FIFA U20 Football World Cup before she moved to the Royal New Zealand Police College in 2015, promoting to Detective Sergeant to take up a role as an Investigations trainer, which included running courses and training detectives.

In 2017 she took a year off and came to Australia for a break. After spending 6 months in Australia she made the hard decision to resign from the Police and stay. Initially taking up a role working at a domestic violence centre in their high risk team before moving to Brisbane and working as a Senior Investigator for various Government Departments.

In 2020, Storm started doing contract work with In Safe Hands delivering presentations before taking up a full-time role with us in April 2021 as our Training Development Manager.

Whilst she doesn’t have children of her own she is a devoted Aunt to her niece and is the communal Auntie to all of her friends and neighbours children. Having seen the impact child abuse has on individuals and families, preventing it is something Storm is passionate about.

Her Key achievements include:

  • 14 years in the New Zealand Police, attaining the rank of Detective Sergeant.
  • Top mark nationally for her Senior Sergeant Examination
  • Diplomas in Leadership and Management; and Government Investigations along with certifications in Training and Assessment and Community work



Antoinette Aquilina is a mother to two daughters and two step – daughters, her personal life coupled with her professional life and previous training provide a good balance of understanding the “business of child protection" the client and the clients needs in an industry where being child and client focused is paramount. As a former Detective Sergeant in the Queensland Police Service with over 14 years service with experience working in the area of Child Protection, Sex Crimes and Juvenile Justice. In her role as the state core facilitator for the Nationally Accredited program ICARE (Interviewing Children and Recording Evidence) Antoinette was fundamental in the implementation and redevelopment of the course to meet some of the highest standards in Australia. Training 1000's of detectives and officers from the Department of Child Safety, her skills in the area of interviewing children are recognised to be of a very high standard. Her experience in interviewing victims for a large range of offences coupled with close consultation and studies under the hand of Professor Martine Powell have earnt Antoinette her reputation of being highly skilled in the area of forensic interviewing and delivering training in this area to professionals Australia wide.  From January 2007 – April 2010 Antoinette was a Director on the Board for child protection agency Protect All children Today which focuses on the support of child witnesses and their families during the court process and specifically when a child is required to evidence to a court under the provisions of the Evidence Act in Queensland.


Hayley Lingard is a qualified Social Worker of almost 15 years. Having spent the first 5 years of her career in frontline Child Protection assessing child abuse and managing children in foster care, she then went on to manage a large Foster Care Service for a number of years. This role involved managing three program areas, including supporting approximately 170 children and young people in foster care across 125 households, ranging from moderate to extreme needs as well as a Therapeutic/Counselling Support Service with a combined budget of $1.4 million and over 25 staff. Hayley now works in the Early Intervention and Prevention area as well as managing her own private practice in Brisbane North and the Sunshine Coast. She has a passion for training delivery as well as volunteering, having been a Director on the Board of PACT (Protect All Children Today) Inc. for 7 years. 

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