Tammy Banks, AoCPP Interim Consultant Director, talks to Marcella Leonard, of Leonard Consultancy, about how practitioners are coping during lockdown and the increase in online/technology abuse against young people.


Welcome to Association of Child Protection Professionals' Podcast, a weekly podcast where we, alongside guest hosts, share with you the latest in child and family news.

This episode is a Special Episode. In these special episodes, we take a more focused look at a singular issue that professionals working with children and families need to know about. These are often specific and urgent – so we’ll be talking with a professional at the forefront of the issue.

In today's episode, Tammy Banks, our Interim Consultant Director, talks to Marcella Leonard, of Leonard Consultancy. They discuss how practitioners are coping during lockdown, and the increased online/technology abuse against young people in lockdown. Marcella shares a snippet into the issues she has been seeing in her consulting work since the beginning of lockdown.

Marcella Leonard qualified as a social worker in 1989 and since then has specialised in assessment and treatment in the fields of sexuality, sexual deviancy and sexual trauma with both victims and perpetrators.

As Director of Leonard Consultancy, Marcella works internationally as well as throughout the UK and Ireland in delivering specialist training, consultancy, and strategic and programme development. She also has co-authored risk assessment models that are being used in New Zealand, Norway, the UK and are being introduced to many more countries.

She continues to provide therapy for victims of childhood trauma and is a psychosexual therapist specialising in the enabling victims of sexual trauma to re-experience sexuality positively.

And in 2019 Marcella was awarded the NSPCC and the AoCPP’s Child Protection Trainer of the Year.

During COVID-19 Marcella is providing consultation for child protection professionals, developing online learning for social work students and newly qualified social workers and is working with several large organisations on their safeguarding policies and procedures, particularly on their identification and response to technology abuse. Tammy Banks is Director of Taye Training and Founder of the Training 4 Influence methodology. Alongside being AoCPP Interim Director she also leads Taye Training and sits on the Parliamentary Committee for Standards.

Would you like to learn more from this discussion? If you are a member, you can access extra resources created by Marcella and kindly made accessible to AoCPP members. To access them click here. Or find more of Marcella's work at: Website: https://www.leonardconsultancy.co.uk/


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For those listening in the future, this episode is being recorded and published while the UK (and the world) is deep in the throes of the COVID19 pandemic. Many frontline professionals are finding themselves overworked, time poor and confused as government guidance is changing daily. To alleviate the pressure child protection professionals are under, we have created the AoCPP Podcast, which will provide support to these professionals who continue to serve our country, its vulnerable children, and families, in unprecedented circumstances.