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ACE/TI-informed practice II: Trauma Informed organisations – current practice and future directions

This session is currently scheduled for Th3 ( Day 4, Thursday 24th March at 8:30 AM – 9:50 AM EST)

Session abstract:

What is trauma and how does it impact on the lived experiences of the people we serve?  How can we best respond to it? This panel will discuss research findings and programs across a range of settings including schools, homeless services, drug services and  prison. What is the impact of trauma on our lives as workers?  How are we affected by adverse childhood experiences and secondary traumatic stress? How do we best respond? What are the best steps forward?



Dr Sharon Lambert, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork

— The case for Trauma Informed Practice in Public Services

C/Supt Sue Clarke, Supt Justin Srivastava, Lancashire Constabulary; Cath Randall, NHS England- Deputy Head Safeguarding and Margaret Williams Safeguarding Health Executive Lancashire Integrated Care system

— Journey towards Trauma Informed Lancashire

Jane Galbraith and Steve Archer

— Trauma informed schooling

–Action on ACEs Gloucestershire – ACC Rhiannon Kirk and Supt. Emma Davis



  Florian Schebein and Ruby Lawlor, YouthRise   

Dr Sharon Lambert Bio:

Dr Sharon Lambert joined the teaching staff in the School of Applied Psychology in 2014 following a number of years working within community based settings that provide supports to marginalised groups. Sharon’s research interests revolve primarily around the impact of trauma on development, its link with substance dependence and mental health and consequent considerations for service design and delivery. Sharon conducts research with community based partners such as addiction, homelessness, criminal justice and education organisations. The research looks at both primary psychological trauma (Adverse Childhood & Community Experiences) and secondary traumatic stress.

Chief Superintendent Sue Clarke bio:

DCS Sue Clarke has served with the Lancashire Constabulary for 30 years. Prior to her current role as Director of the VRN, she held key strategic roles as Head of Crime for the force and Head of Public Protection as a Detective Superintendent.

Sue’s current role as Head of the Lancashire Violence Reduction Network focusses on bringing the concept of a public health approach to policing alive in Lancashire. She is a strong advocate of taking a trauma informed approach to facilitate this.

Supt Justin Srivastava bio:

Superintendent Justin Srivastava has served for 26years as a police officer in the North of England. He currently works on the Lancashire Violence Reduction Unit and is the lead for the UK Home Office on Trauma Informed practice within policing. 

Since 2017, Justin has led for the UK National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) on the Police and Health Consensus (recognised and utilised across the UK landscape). This work involves the examination of how policing and health/social care partners can improve how they work together to address vulnerability demand and intervening at the earliest opportunity. In support of this Justin has published national documents for Public Health England and the College of Policing on public health approaches to policing, early intervention and police and health collaboration.

In 2018, Justin was appointed the strategic lead for the National Police Wellbeing Service and was responsible for developing strategy and operational practice for the wellbeing of serving and retired police officers in England and Wales. 

Justin also holds honorary contracts with both Public Health England and NHS England and is a trustee for an early intervention charity in Staffordshire, England.

Justin has served in uniform and detective roles and was involved in the development of the “Transforming Lives” early intervention approach which has been nationally recognised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) as good practice. 

Justin holds a degree in Social Policy and Criminology and in 2017, he graduated with distinction from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) with an MSc course in “Early Action and Professional Practice” specialising in Adverse Childhood Experiences, leadership within an integrated partnership environment and developing learning organisations.

Justin has previously served as a Detective Superintendent and Head of Public Protection. His work included policy making, development, compliance and the Constabulary lead on safeguarding children, infant death, forced marriage and domestic abuse.  Justin has also worked on several high-profile murders within the Major Investigation Teams (FMIT).

In Justin’s earlier career he worked as a Detective Inspector for the National Crime Squad for England and Wales which involved the investigation of international drug smuggling, child trafficking and money laundering and he has previously served with Surrey and Humberside Police in public protection roles. 

Jane Galbraith bio:

Jane Galbraith is Headteacher of Lathom High School in Skelmersdale, a trauma informed community school serving a diverse community in the north west of England.

Jane is passionate about providing the highest quality of education and personal development for the young people of Skelmersdale, ensuring that the school plays a full and vital role in the community and using trauma informed practice to build strong and positive relationships.

Steve Archer bio:

Steve is a teacher and behaviour lead at Witton Park Academy in Blackburn. Lancashire. He has a particular interest in cultural change within education to facilitate trauma informed policy and practice. He believes that cross sector communication and collaboration is essential to reduce harm and secure healthier lives. Steve is currently working with young people at risk of permanent exclusion and continues to work with safeguarding colleagues in all sectors to develop responses to the threat posed to young people by CSE, CCE and radicalisation.

Ruby Lawlor Bio:

Ruby is a youth advocate for drug policy reform and harm reduction, and is currently working as the Communications Officer for Youth RISE, and is based in Uganda. Upon finishing her degree in International Development in University College Cork, Ireland, she moved to Uganda to volunteer at the Uganda Harm Reduction Network.

Florian Schebein Bio:

Florian is a Project Manager with Youth RISE where his main focus is expanding access to information, services and scientific research. He works on projects related to online sexualised injecting drug use, addiction training needs, stress management and work life balance as a Research Assistant and PhD student at the School of Health Sciences, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. He is the EURO Region Board Representative of the Network of Early Career Professionals in Addiction Medicine (NECPAM).

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