Presenter Biographies

Adoption & Fostering - Innovation in Practice Conference - Presenter Biographies

28/11/18 - At Henley Bank High School Conference Centre, Gloucester - BOOK HERE


Dr Kim Golding:
Kim Golding is a Clinical Psychologist living in Worcestershire, UK. Kim worked with children and families within the NHS for thirty years. Throughout this experience Kim has always been interested in parenting, and collaborating with parents or carers to develop their parenting skills tailored to the particular needs of the children they are caring for. She is a consultant and trainer in DDP; an intervention for children whose earliest experience has been traumatic. In March, 2015 Kim left the NHS to set up her own business ‘Kim S Golding Ltd’. She now provides training, consultation and supervision to a range of individuals and teams in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Kim is author of ‘Nurturing Attachments: Supporting Children who are Fostered and Adopted’, and co-author with Dan Hughes of ‘Creating Loving Attachments: Parenting with Pace’. In addition, Kim has shared her love of stories in: ‘Using Stories to Build Bridges with Traumatized Children’. Kim is keen to promote the emotional and social needs of children in school settings. She is the lead author of three observational checklists books designed for use in educational settings, ‘Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings’ (for children aged 0-4); and in School (for children aged 5-11 and for Young People aged 11 – 16). Kim has additionally developed two programmes to help parents with children who have experienced developmental trauma. ‘The Nurturing Attachments Training Resource’ is an 18-session group work programme based around the House Model of Parenting to use with adopters and those parenting children within the care system. ‘Foundations for Attachment Training Resource’ is a prequel to this programme, based on the same principles but a shorter programme for a broader range of parents. This manual is accompanied by her latest book: ‘Everyday Parenting with Love and security’.

Dr Peter Jakob:
With a background in social work, Peter has worked as Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist in both CAMHS and Adult Mental Health for going on 35 years, specialising in children and families involved with child protective services. He has in-depth knowledge of treating trauma as the after-effect of childhood sexual abuse and other forms of sexual violence, physical abuse, neglect and domestic violence, as well as extensive experience in providing therapy for parents’ mental health problems.

Peter has introduced Non Violent Resistance to the UK. He has adapted the approach for heavily traumatised, multi-stressed families, and his work with looked-after children has inspired him to develop a child focus in NVR. Peter is a prolific national and international presenter. Aiming to develop collaborative working relationships in which dialogue can flourish and service users’ experience and perspectives are centred in conversation, Peter considers social awareness as a cornerstone of engaged therapeutic practice.

Joe Kenny:
Joe Kenny is the father of two young boys and founder of Zeeko. In 2013, Joe was concerned about the extreme outcomes the Internet was having on young people. He started to build a safe communication app aimed at parents. But quickly realised that an effective solution to Internet safety had to be an education solution. Joe believes the internet is a fantastic resource for children. Equally he believes that children should be safe online. He has committed over 4 years of his life and a substantial amount of his own money to bring about change through education Joe is a serial entrepreneur with a social conscience. He has a background in aviation. He holds an MBA from the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Zeeko - Is based in NovaUCD, University College Dublin’s Innovation Centre. Zeeko has visited over 500 schools across Ireland and the UK delivering Internet Safety Seminars. Zeeko has also surveyed over 50,000 young people on their digital habits over the past 2 years. They have created ‘Appyness Online’ a ‘virtual world’ that kids love. This education platform provides:
·        Safeguarding and reduces bullying online
·        Staff CPD
·        A toolkit for pupils to become peer educators for younger children
·        Young people with effective ways to talk to parents/ carers
·        Assessment of young peoples’ Appyness (digital safety and well-being)
The EU has supported Zeeko to scale their education platform, ‘Appyness Online’.

Hannah Clarke:
Hannah Clarke is a qualified teacher, youth and community practitioner, integrative psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and equine assisted learning facilitator with over 25 years’ experience of working with adults, children and young people. Hannah believes passionately that positive relationships are key to growth, change and well-being and that the people best placed to do this are those who spend the most time with the children and young people they work with. Recognising that there is an increasing awareness and pressure for earlier interventions to be carried out by front line staff she has spent the past four years developing accredited qualifications for professionals working with children and young people in therapeutic skills.

Hannah is a co-founder of the ROOTS Institute in Seattle where she teaches on their Trauma Informed Animal/Equine Assisted Self Development & Psychotherapy Certificate. She is an Associate of the Romanian Psychology College and a visiting lecturer for ARPI (Romanian Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy) where she has taught on their Children and Young People’s Integrative Psychotherapy Diploma. She is also a supervisor for the YMCA George Williams College in London and an Associate of Williams Independent Psychological Consultancy.

Tony France:
Tony has worked in the field of social care and education for over 30 years, originally starting his career as a mental health social worker. Following five years in young people's addiction services he went on to work internationally for the British council developing services for vulnerable children in South Africa, Nova Scotia and Sweden. Tony moved in to psychological therapies in order to pursue his passion for developing effective interventions for children experiencing high levels of distress and mental health difficulty. Following a period of time as a local authority education advisor Tony founded and was CEO of a charity providing services to vulnerable students within schools, Since 2016 Tony has worked as a trainer of professionals in the children workforce and as a psychotherapist for children and families, particularly those who have experienced early life trauma.