ACEs experienced trainer and Keynote Speaker.
A. Survivor T/A College of Life Institute (Established 2018)
I am a 10 ACEs survivor and a licenced trainer with more than 40 years experience and a member of the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning and the Association of Healthcare Trainers
I am a survivor of CSA within a non-religious residential care setting, namely, the notorious Bryn Alyn Community in North Wales.
I am a father to 8 children and a grandfather to 8 grandchildren, happily married for 30 years. My adverse childhood experience (ACEs), which include being sexually abused by adult perpetrators in positions of authority and trust, have shaped who I am today.
I was once an angry, disenfranchised care-leaver with an inability to trust anyone. I left the care system at 15 with a determination to improve my life. I was later diagnosed with complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD). Today I use my lived experience as a platform to raise awareness of adverse childhood experiences.
My early adult life was a white-knuckle ride, not least for those who loved me. However, since assisting the National Crime Agency with the arrest and conviction of my main abuser, and having been afforded Core Participant status with the IICSA, providing evidence and contributing to the Reparations and Accountability for Survivors of Sexual Abuse Report, alongside loving support from my wife, children, and support from various services, I have reached a settled place in life that has enable me to find the person I should have been. I am a work in progress, but also a loving, caring, forgiving, articulate, creative, reliable, objective, fair-minded person with constructive and a positive approach to life.
I provide Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) accredited CPD training to Education, Police, Judiciary, Social Services, Charities, and Private Residential Childcare organisations. I am currently assisting Cumbria Constabulary with the development of a new offender programme. More than 1,400 police staff have recently completed my ACEs training.
I have worked in business and commerce and the voluntary sector delivering a comprehensive range of training subjects. I have also worked within crisis intervention children's services, acquired brain injury support services, and residential childcare delivering training and support.
I am the founder of the CUMBRIA RESILIENCE PROJECT which is a voluntary group dedicated to helping Cumbria become an ACEs aware and trauma informed region. ln 2018 I held a licence for showing the film 'RESILIENCE The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope' and I presented RESILIENCE screenings and additional CPD ACEs presentations to more than 2,000 people in Education, NHS, Police, Care, and Social Services.
I have since provided ACEs awareness and trainings to more than 10,000 people across the UK.
I am the author of the book 'ACEs in the Shadows - Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences.
As a survivor I use my personal lived experience as an example of how ACEs can occur throughout childhood and how sustainable recovery can be attained.
I am told that my style of training is direct, factual, personable, and engaging , while remaining accessible and thought-provoking. I also use humour to lighten the load of the challenging subjects I present.
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