Dr Sam Warner 

I am a chartered and consultant clinical psychologist (qualifying in 1991) and hold an honorary lectureship in the school of society and health, Salford University. I work as an academic, consultant, expert witness, researcher, therapist and trainer. Throughout my career I specialised in sexual violence, child abuse, domestic abuse and their impacts on mental health and written books and papers on abuse and related issues, such as self-harm. My books include Understanding the effects of child sexual abuse: Feminist revolutions in theory, research and practice (2009, published by Routledge), and with Helen Spandler (ed.s) (2007) Beyond fear and control: Working with young people who self-harm (PCCS Books).

I am working on a second edition of Understanding child sexual abuse: Making the tactics visible (PCCS Books). I have a particular interest in sexual violence and have worked in and led a variety of specialist sexual violence therapy services both in the third sector and statutory mental health services, working with both children and adults. I have also been engaged by the Department of Health and British Government as an expert in mental health on both national and international sexual violence projects, and have been the external examiner for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the Open University for their undergraduate and postgraduate training on behalf of the UK Government on personality disorder.  I have worked as a clinical consultant with Barnardo’s Safer Future Services in the North West and recently acted as clinical lead for Cambian Group’s specialist residential placements for girls at risk of sexual exploitation in Humberside. I sit on the board of the Association of Child Protection Professionals as the education, learning and policy co-chair and am the mental health consultant for the Frank Bruno Foundation.