Leonard Consultancy is an independent organisation which provides training, consultancy and practice to criminal justice, child protection, religious, educational, social care organisations and academic institutions. Although Leonard Consultancy is based in Northern Ireland, we are insured and regularly practice training and consultancy worldwide.Marcella is registered with NISCC(Northern Ireland Social Care Council) and HCPC in England
Marcella Leonard, Director of Leonard Consultancy has 30 years’ experience in the areas of psychosexual therapy, child and public protection. Her expertise are known nationally and internationally and her opinion sought both at strategic and operational levels in many organisations and countries. As a social worker, she has recently held the Chair of the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers and is a Director of the British Association of Social Workers. Marcella is a highly-regarded trainer in assisting practitioners in their work in assessing and managing sexual and violent risk to children. Marcella is a regular contributor on local and national media outlets on the topics of child protection and managing public risk
Leonard Consultancy has a team of associates with expert knowledge within the areas of criminal justice, health, social services, sports, educational, religious and academia. The associates undertake assessments of sexual risk and violence within child and public protection, deliver bespoke interventions for both victims and perpetrators, provide consultancy to practitioners, assist organisations in their strategic plans for child and public protection, deliver training bespoke to organisational need as well as undertake independent serious case reviews to enhance professional learning
Marcella was delighted to be awarded the Child Protection Trainer of the Year 2019 award, this nomination was following the development of a 12 month accredited training programme specifically for child protection social workers in assessing sexual and violent risk to aid child protection decision making. This programme is now running nationally and internationally and has led to more robust, timely and focused decision making within child protection
Marcella has also co-authored the AIM3 Model of Assessment for adolescents who have committed harmful sexual behaviour with Professor Simon Hackett and co-authored the Capacity and Ability to Supervise and Protect - Risk model of assessment for partners and parents with Gareth Mc Gibbon both models being used nationally and internationally to assist in child protection
Carol is an independent social work consultant and trainer and has over 30 years’ experience in the management and delivery of children’s social care, including at a senior management level as the Head of Safeguarding Children. She has worked in voluntary, residential and field social work and within the Education sector. She has experience of assessment and direct work with children and young people who display sexually problematic/harmful behaviours and in supporting staff who work with these children. Carol is one of the AIM project associates.She is a published author with a national reputation and has written guidelines on understanding and managing sexually problematic/harmful behaviours in education, foster care and residential settings and for staff involved in working with children under 12 years old and their families. Carol has delivered bespoke training to range of multiagency professionals in child protection both nationally and internationally.
Duncan has 30 years’ experience as a Suffolk Police Officer, then working on a National level within Her Majesty’s Inspectorate Constabularies designing and conducting reviews into child sexual exploitation, then as the National Police lead for the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) responsible for strategic policy, expert advice and quality assurance of serious case reviews and implementation of the new National Police risk framework known as ARMS. He is a National Safeguarding Panel Board member for the Church of England and advisor to them. He is trustee of Circles UK a charity coordinating small groups of volunteers to manage sex offenders in the community. He has 13 years’ experience working in multi-agency safeguarding specialising in child abuse investigations, child sexual exploitation and sex offender management. He is a national and international police trainer in safeguarding, sex offender management and risk assessments (Risk Matrix 2000 and Active Risk Management System)
Sam has 30 years’ experience as a police officer investigating general crime, child abuse and adult sexual offending, in partnership with social services. He is a qualified and experienced child protection trainer; with over 8 years’ experience designing, developing and delivering multi-agency training to police and other agencies. He has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Behavioural Forensic Psychology and provides bespoke training for multiagency professionals in understanding modus operandi of sexual and violent offenders. Sam has developed expertise in forensic interviewing of children and vulnerable adult victims of abuse as well as witnesses and suspects in abuse investigations. Sam’s specialist knowledge and expertise assists in informing range of multiagency forums including ACPO Child Protection and Effective Practice subgroup, committee member of NOTA NI conference and training committee. Sam has delivered training nationally and internationally in child and adult protection
Robin Jordan is a CPsychol., Registered Psychologist who has extensive experience working with adults and young people within secure settings, as well as in the community. This includes working with clients who present with a range of mental health needs (including severe and enduring mental illness and personality disorder). He has over fifteen years’ experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments (risk and need) and preparing reports for various purposes. He is experienced in assessing a range of issues including interpersonal violence (domestic, sexual and otherwise), anger management, self-harm, substance misuse, personality disorder and mental health, fire-setting and sexually harmful behaviour in young people. He has also undertaken assessments in relation to partners’ ability to protect. Mr Jordan is also experienced in the planning, delivery and evaluation of therapy on both an individual and group basis
Gareth Mc Gibbon is a Northern Ireland registered social worker with over 18 years’ experience in the fields of sexual abuse, family violence and child protection. Formerly an Area Manager with the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) he held operational responsibility for the management and delivery of all sex offender interventions delivered within Northern Ireland by PBNI.As a Chair of the Public Protection Arrangements of Northern Ireland he also held responsibility for the assessment and coordinated risk management of registered sex offenders both in custody and the community.Gareth now works as an Independent Consultant. His experience within the criminal justice system in the areas of public protection, safeguarding and programmes of intervention is employed locally, nationally and internationally. He offers training, practice and consultancy services to criminal justice, child protection, religious, social care organisations and academic institutions.As an evidenced based practitioner Gareth is committed to best practice principles. He has undertaken and produced research on the effectiveness of interventions with those who download child sexual abuse imagery and young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours. He has also published programmes of intervention for adults, young people and the carer’s of children at risk from sexual abuse. In conjunction with Leonard Consultancy he has designed and is currently piloting the CASP (Capacity & Ability to Supervise and Protect) an actuarial tool to inform decision making regarding a proposed carer’s capacity, ability to protect and supervise a child from sexual abuse.Between 2015 and 2017 as an invited international consultant to New Zealand he conducted a revision of the assessment and intervention practices of the primary provider of sexual abuse services to the Department of Corrections and Ministry of Social Development in the South Island.In this role he realised a two year vision and strategy for adult sex offender services. This seen the development of a number of revised programmes of intervention, the introduction of an evaluation framework model and the advancement of an electronic case management system. He also introduced national programme and treatment management standards for the delivery of adult assessment and treatment programmes.Gareth continues to be actively involved in professional development and engagement through his roles with NIASW and NOTA (NI).
Ann has retired from the Metropolitan Police after 34 years with the last 18 years working in child abuse investigation as an investigator, then policy writer and finally as a training manager. She is an associate for the College of Policing revising the Specialist Child Abuse Investigative Development Programme. Ann’s expertise in developing and reviewing policy and procedures relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and in leading development in child protection led to her being awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors list 2014. She is a patron for the UK charity ‘Survivors of Abuse’. Ann delivers specialist bespoke child protection training including child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, modern slavery, FGM and specialist child witness interviewing skills nationally and internationally to police, social work and criminal justice professionals
Deirdre has 30 years’ experience as a qualified social worker and is an experienced senior manager, currently Assistant Director for Safeguarding Children. Deirdre’s expertise is in delivering and developing innovative practice in child care social work and in particular in developing models of child protection work including investigation, assessment and prevention. Her expertise has informed child and family protection programmes of care nationally and internationally. Deirdre also undertakes serious case reviews, is an expert witness in in court, Chairs the Western Domestic and Sexual Violence Interagency partnership, Chairs the Regional Professional Forum of the N .Ireland Social Work Strategy and is Chair of Western Case Management Review Panel. Deirdre delivers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary training programmes in all aspects of child protection and safeguarding. Deirdre is a professionally qualified coach for organisations, individuals, team, leadership development and mentoring. She regularly lectures in North West College of Further Education, and is a guest lecturer in the University of Ulster, NUI Galway and Queens University Belfast
Clarke is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has 25 years’ experience specialising in assessment, treatment and management of adult mental health both in community and hospital settings. Clarke currently works as inpatient and community psychiatrist within the NHS in Northern Ireland. He has experience in the assessment of mental capacity and in providing assessment on parental mental health and its impact on parenting and ability to protect the child from harm. He has previously worked in psychiatry New Zealand.