INTRO & AIMS
HOW WE WORK
PROJECT WORKERS & STAFF
COMMENTS & COMPLAINTS
WORK FOR US
BUILDING RESPECTFUL FAMILIES
When asked about what she enjoys about being a trustee, Jo said "I have personally referred a number of young people to the SAFE project and have experienced the positive impact it can have on their lives. I can't speak highly enough of the project and the workers and the brilliant work they are doing. Being a trustee gives me the opportunity to ensure that the needs of bullied young people are high on the agenda of the project."
Karen Cushing is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, and specialises in youth justice. She has a Bachelor of Arts/Law from the Australian National University and after graduating and qualifying as a solicitor, worked for a judge in the Supreme Court in Sydney, before coming to the UK in 1996 and re-qualifying as a solicitor here. Karen is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Youth Justice at the University of Bedfordshire.
Karen's main role as a trustee for SAFE! is ensuring that our support for young victims of crime in no way jeopardises potential or on-going criminal prosecutions. She also advises on criminal law as well as legal issues concerning victims, witnesses, procedures in the Youth Court, Magistrates' Court and Crown Court.
Linda Darrall has been working for Victim Support since August 2005, being responsible for overseeing service delivery across the Thames Valley for both Victim Service and Witness service.
Linda sourced additional funding three years ago for a specialist Young Witness service across Thames Valley, which now operates across all criminal courts, the service consists of support and explanation of the criminal justice system tailored to a young person, delivered through home visits, if required, before court to explain process and the court environment, and also support after Court.
Linda is also a trustee for Network for Surviving Stalking (NSS).
Linda enjoys working with SAFE! as the work delivered makes a real difference, young people have different needs to adults, and if SAFE! can help them to recover from the effects of crime they have the opportunity successfully rebuild their lives.
Through his work within Youth Justice and with the Police, Gordon recognised the lack of appropriate help for young people who have been victims of crime and has worked with colleagues from many other agencies in order to develop SAFE!
Gordon has worked for a number of voluntary sector organisations and is currently a Trustee and Vice Chair of Trax in Oxfordshire.
Being one of the founder Trustees for Safe has enabled Gordon to help steer the organisation from the start. As he says "SAFE! provides a vital service for many young people whose life has been blighted by being a victim of crime, it is an honour to work alongside my fellow trustees and the dedicated workers of Safe! to make a real positive difference for those young people."
Pete is also the Director of Plaintalking, a Community Interest Company offering low cost counselling in Oxford City.
When asked about what he enjoys about being a trustee Pete said "Young victims have genuine needs which currently aren't always being met. It is rewarding to be in a position to offer meaningful support to young people who are struggling following a crime to help them in their recovery. I particularly enjoy the challenge and the creativity of this project."
Liz Jones graduated in Psychology from Oxford Brookes University. She was the Senior Manager for Berkshire Witness Service, responsible for supporting all witnesses, including children and young people, who had to attend court to give evidence. She is currently the strategic lead for Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence, Honour Based Violence and Stalking & Harassment for Oxford City Council. Her main role is to improve response and support for children, young people, victims and offenders of interpersonal abuse and violence.
Liz is a volunteer and Trustee for Circles South East, a charity supporting sex offenders to rehabilitate safely back into the community. In addition she has been a sessional worker and interim case manager for Making Changes who provide a community based programme for men who are abusive in their relationships but are motivated to change.
Liz became a Trustee for SAFE! because “being a victim of crime can have a big impact on their well-being and sense of safety. SAFE! provide invaluable support to children and young people who have been affected by crime as well as for young people who are violent towards their families, through the Building Respectful Families programme. It is an honour to be a part of such a great team who make a difference to the lives of children, young people and their families.”
Tracey has worked for Local Authority Organisations for the past sixteen years, and is currently responsible for managing the Families First programme in Buckinghamshire. This programme focuses on developing interventions and achieving positive outcomes for families with complex needs. The areas the programme covers include crime and anti-social behaviour, education, children in need of help, domestic abuse, worklessness and physical and mental health.
During her time in Bucks, she worked in the Youth Offending Service for ten years, undertaking preventative interventions for those vulnerable Children and Young people considered most at risk of offending. Tracey also co-ordinated and managed the Restorative Justice and Victim work within the service and had an overview of the Referral Order and Support worker and Volunteer schemes.
Nadia Wager is a Reader in Forensic Psychology and recently joined the University of Huddersfield. Until June 2016 she was employed by the University of Bedfordshire and prior to that, Buckinghamshire New University. She is Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Chartered Psychologist (Teaching and Research). She was awarded a PhD in Applied Psychology from Brunel University in 2002 and in 2009 she completed the British Psychological Society's independent route to achieving Stage One of the Diploma in Forensic Psychology (equivalent to an MSc). The dissertation for this was a critical review of the potential social-cognitive mechanisms that might potentiate risk for sexual revictimisation.
She is an applied researcher engaging with community partners in evaluation, training and research activities. Partners to-date have included; Thames Valley and Bedfordshire Police, Thames Valley Probation, Circles South East, Buckinghamshire County Council, Bracknell Forest Community Safety Partnership, Restorative Solutions, R U Safe, SAFE! etc. The focus of her publications is on victimisation (both as primary victims and secondary victims), the application of restorative justice practices to serious crimes such as sexual and domestic violence and developing positive perspectives on survivorship in the aftermath of victimisation.
Martha Beale is a Social Worker for Oxfordshire County Council working with children and young people. With a back ground in peace work, youth work, mediation and restorative justice, Martha has seen and heard how harm can shape all areas of a child or young person's life and undermine their well-being. Martha believes that an important part of the work SAFE! does is giving children and young people a safe space in which to think about and possibly talk about difficult feelings, without the need to protect the listener, as can be the case when talking to their friends and family.
Martha feels that the SAFE! project works with young people who otherwise would not be supported in recognising their experiences are important and need addressing. As a regular referrer to the project, Martha states "the young people I have referred have found the support so very helpful and the project workers skilled and approachable".
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