Our Regular Trainers
Pete Thomason is a qualified psychotherapist, accredited and registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). He is the designer and owner of the Cascade programme and has worked with young people who exhibit HISB for over 20 years in the private, public and independent sectors, as a social worker, probation officer and psychotherapist. He has organised and provided services for a variety of agencies including residential establishments, Social Work Teams and Youth Offending Services, to address the specific issues relating to harmful behaviour. Currently Pete provides regular and frequent individual and group therapy for a number of young people each week. In order to meet the requirements of registration and accreditation, Peter has to be fully insured against liability and have a minimum of 1.5 hours individual supervision each month. A.C.S.L has a written code of confidentiality which closely observes Data Protection legislation and Safeguarding policies and procedures. Here at Backstop we are really pleased to be working with Peter and the Cascade team. Please click here for more details on how they can support your team to work with young people or children within this challenging area of behavior.
Helen is an experienced safeguarding and child protection trainer and Director of Wardell Associates Ltd. She is a qualified Social Worker and Probation Officer with over 30 years experience as a practitioner and manager in local authority children and families services and London Probation where she was a strategic public protection lead.
She has recently worked as the Manager of a Local Safeguarding Children Board for the London Borough of Barnet and is an advisor to the Local Authority Schools in that area. Helen has also contributed to the development of national policy and procedures and has published a Guide to Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Community Care Inform, a web based resource for practitioners. She has recently been involved in the Home Office Ending Gangs and Youth Violence initiative and is an accredited LGA peer reviewer. She is also an associate lecturer at the University of Winchester where she contributes to the Step up to Social Work Post Graduate Course.
Helen has had a significant role throughout her career in developing and delivering training and support in safeguarding and child protection for partner agencies, including schools. This includes Safer Recruitment Training. She is also able to offer consultancy and advice to help agencies develop or review safeguarding practice, policy and procedures.
Please see her Backstop Trainer Card about Helen´s subjects, aims and objectives.
Dr Roberta Evans
Roberta is a freelance trainer in Youth Justice and Social Care. She brings over 15 years experience as a social worker, youth justice practitioner, manager and trainer in London and New Zealand. She was awarded a Professional Doctorate in Youth Justice in January 2010. In addition to frontline practice with young people and families her experience includes being strategic lead for parenting services, overseeing the implementation of family services and evidence-based programmes, writing best-practice guidance as part of a pan-London working group for integrated planning and as a Practice Development Manager in a busy inner-London YOT. In her first year of freelance training Roberta delivered over 20 full-day events on assessments, report writing and integrated planning. She is the creator of the Tightrope Model, an assessment aid that draws on research about offending, substance misuse and self-harm that aims to support workers in engaging young people in positively recognising and managing volatile behaviour.
Publications: Evans, R (2012) ‘Parenting Orders: the parents attend yet the kids still offend’ in Youth Justice August 2012 vol. 12 no. 2 118-133
Roberta recently published an article - Why don't we listen? Parents of high-level offenders asked for help before their childs first offence. on our blog!
Please see her Backstop Trainer Card about Roberta´s subjects, aims and objectives.
Jonathan is one of the most exciting innovators of interventions for rehabilitating offenders today. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Psychology from Loughborough University and a B.A. (Hons) in Community Justice Studies from Portsmouth University, as well as being a fully qualified, experienced, and award winning Probation Officer and author.
Jonathan has worked extensively in the Criminal Justice System, but has specialized in leading roles within the Probation Service and Youth Offending Services. In doing so, Jonathan has assisted and helped change the lives of many offenders, influenced organizational change, and mentored colleagues.
Those who have used Jonathan's training service include:
Drug and Alcohol Services
Please see his Backstop Trainer Card about Jonathan´s training subjects, aims and objectives.
You think you have what it takes to be a trainer with Backstop?
We are always looking for good additions for our freelance trainer pool. Please do not hesitate to send over your CV with training proposal you would like to deliver!