Chris is steeped in Whole Family Practice as a way of working and believes relationships are the key to successful working practices. He has worked with young people and families for 20 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 spent 8 years working with an innovative DFE project designed to work with gangs, knife crime, domestic abuse, CSE and missing children, reducing the number of Children placed into care.
Chris has been working with Interface for 8 years and has extensive experience in designing and delivering training around Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma Informed Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Whole Family working, our Level 4 Working with Children, Individuals and Families programme, TAF meetings, SMART plans etc. as well as more specialised training around mental health and substance misuse and care planning.
Chris also works within the Domestic Abuse sector consulting on practice for local authorities, commissioned and non-commissioned services. Working with frontline services, victims, their children and perpetrators, as well as strategic and operational leads, Chris uses a Public Health, System Change model to improve the response to Domestic Abuse in local areas.
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)