Chris is steeped in whole family practice as a way of working. He has worked with young people and families for 15 years across a range of settings including Youth, Family and Community Centres, Young Offenders Institutes, Youth Offending Teams, Children’s Homes and Children’s Social Care.
Chris has a background in Youth Justice and drug and alcohol support, mental health, dual diagnosis, detox and self harm and also has experience working in homelessness and education.
Chris has extensive experience of working in a Local Authority alongside Children’s Social Care utilising a whole family approach. One of the major successes has been a reduction in the number of young people coming into care. He has been part of a DFE funded innovative new pilot service using Social Pedagogical approaches to working with edge of care, hard to reach families, specifically gangs, CSE and missing young people alongside the Troubled Families agenda.
Chris has been working with Interface designing and delivering training in the North West and North East on whole family working, the Level 4 Working with Parents award, TAF meetings, SMART plans etc. as well as more specialised training around mental health and substance misuse and care planning.
Chris feels the ‘whole family approach’ underpins his work, and believes the training that he delivers centres around these values.
PG DipHe – Youth and Community Work (Lancaster University)
BA Hons – Social Science (Lancaster University)
Level 4 – Whole Family Work (City and Guilds)
Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (Southport College)
Level 3 – Tackling substance misuse (Lifeline)