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Victoria is a registered social worker with over 30 years’ experience working in the field of child protection. Much of her social work career has been working within local authority children’s social care. She has a wide range of experience at both operational and strategic level and has been a frontline worker, manager, principal social worker and Safeguarding Children Board development and strategic manager.
Victoria has been with the Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) since 2015 where her portfolio includes the development, delivery, and enhancement of Click: Path to Protection, MCF’s unique training programme to enable frontline workers to better protect children harmed online. She has worked with partner agencies to deliver training both nationally and internationally.
As well as direct work with children and their families, Victoria continues to work with a range of professionals including police and social workers around the identification, investigation, and response when children have been the victim of abuse, especially when this abuse has been facilitated by online technology.
Director of Services
Lawrence Jordan is the Director of services at Marie Collins Foundation (MCF). Thisrole requires Lawrence to oversee, and manage projects being undertaken by MCFproject workers, and ensure budgets are maintained and all costings auditable.Lawrence produces reports on the work undertaken and manages a number of theMCF staff. Lawrence is a keynote speaker as well as undertakes facilitating specificcourses on sexual abuse. As part of the MCF ethos in ensuring the victim-survivorvoice is at the heart of our work, and to ensure we don’t lose sight of this valueLawrence as with all senior management undertakes some direct work with victims-survivors of Technology Assisted Child Sexual Abuse (TACSA).
Lawrence has worked within the Children Social Care arena since 2003. His first rolewas a residential support worker for children with learning disabilities and then anassistant manager in a children residential setting. After this Lawrence worked as afamily advice and support worker undertaking direct work with children and theirfamilies.
Lawrence is a qualified social worker and has worked in a Multi-AgencySafeguarding Hub (MASH) as well as a case holding social worker within a familysupport team. Lawrence was worked in an emergency social team that responding tosafeguarding concerns that arose out of normal office hours. It was during this timeLawrence developed a local response to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) includingoverseeing a small team of specialist CSE support workers.Lawrence has also worked as a social worker in a.
In 2016 Lawrence was promoted to the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Coordinatorto address the wider aspects of CSE and to develop a stronger multi-agencyresponse. Further development in this area meant that Lawrence became the localauthorities, Professional Lead for Children Missing, Exploited and Trafficked and wastasked with creating a multi-agency hub to respond to all forms of child exploitationand to incorporate the child missing service within it; a team that is still operatingtoday.
Lawrence has received 2 awards, firstly relating to his work with children andfamilies, and secondly a police commendation for his exceptional work with childrenwho are exploited, go missing or have been trafficked.
Claire joined Marie Collins Foundation in 2021 after working within the healthcare charity sector since 2010. Claire brings a wealth of administration management experience. Prior to this, she worked in recruitment for 15 years where she ran a successful branch in the North West.
Claire is a Mental Health first aider and the wellbeing champion for the organisation.
Head of Advocacy
Rhiannon-Faye McDonald is the Head of Advocacy at the Marie Collins Foundation. Rhiannon was the victim of Technology-Assisted Child Sexual Abuse (TACSA) when she was 13 years old. She has used this personal experience to inform the work of MCF, co-ordinating the Lived Experience Group and advocating and campaigning to improve outcomes for victims and their families.
Rhiannon shares her experience by speaking at conferences and events, inputting on training programmes and resources as well as informing the media. Her ambition is to increase awareness and understanding of the impacts of TACSA and promote the need for better support for victims and their families to help their recovery journey. For Rhiannon, the most important part of her role is to ensure that the voice of lived experience is elevated, listened to, and influences the work in this area, both within MCF and by other agencies and organisations.
Rhiannon has a degree in Law from Manchester Metropolitan University, a post-graduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and a masters degree in Child Care Law and Practice from Keele University. In February 2019 she qualified as a lawyer specialising in family law. She is currently a non-practicing Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
Hazel joined the Marie Collins Foundation staff team in December 2018. She began her career as a primary school teacher. Since then, Hazel has worked for both local and national charities and now has over 30 years’ experience within this sector.
Hazel has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science degree.
Training and Development Manager
Since gaining a First Class BA Honours in Youth Studies in 2008 Sarah has worked alongside children and families in a variety of roles, starting her career as a Pastoral Manager within a secondary school before moving into Children's Social Care as a Family Support Worker.
Sarah spent several years volunteering as a ChildLine counsellor listening to and supporting young people with whatever may be worrying them. She then moved on to become a Supervisor at ChildLine managing the day-to-day responsibilities of running the service and a team of volunteers, ensuring that the child's voice was at the centre of all they did. It was here that Sarah began to develop her training skills; welcoming new volunteers into the service, training them in counselling skills and areas such as suicide, bereavement, self-harm, abuse and bullying.
After leaving ChildLine Sarah moved to a charity supporting young people who had been sexually exploited where she delivered training and offered support to practitioners from health, police, Social Care and the charity sector on this area. Sarah spent 6 years prior to joining the Marie Collins Foundation in May 2022 at NWG as their trainer. Here she developed a suite of CPD accredited training, workshops, and webinars around the issue of Child Exploitation and its complexities including the incredibly successful "Mind Your Language" course.
Sarah is committed to listening to the voice of victims and survivors and is looking forward to ensuring their voices continue to be integral to the development of the training that MCF offers.
Rushelle became a member of the Marie Collins Foundation team in 2021. She has over ten years’ experience as a Police officer where much of her tenure was spent investigating and advocating for victims of child sexual abuse, exploitation and other forms of abuse. She is pleased to be a part of the MCF team to share and add to its worldwide child protection focused work.
She lives in London with her family.
Megan is a survivor of Technology-Assisted Child Sexual Abuse and since 2016 has used her lived experience to raise awareness of online harms through campaigning for change to practice, policy and victim rights.
Megan has recently joined the Marie Collins Foundation staff team as a Victim and Survivor Advocate after being an active member of our lived experience group since 2021.
In her early career, after gaining a degree and gold standard diploma in Multimedia Journalism, Megan worked as a Digital Editor covering breaking news and public affairs for a political radio station. Megan progressed on to work as a communications officer for a national children’s charity where she championed and amplified the voice of diverse young people with lived experience of children’s social care.
Training and Resource Development Consultant
Sam Tarling is a qualified Social Worker with over 20 years child protection experience and is registered with Social Work England. She holds a postgraduate certificate in Education and Training and an MSc in Child Forensic Studies.
Sam is an experienced learning facilitator having worked as a Safeguarding Children Board Development Officer before starting her own business delivering bespoke safeguarding and child protection training.
Sam continues to practice, specialising in psychology-led investigative interviews, one piece of work of which Sam is particularly proud involved interviewing a three-year-old witness that resulted in the 1st UK conviction for female genital mutilation. Sam is passionate about protecting children and ensuring that they are given the best opportunity to tell adults what has happened. Her particular areas of interest are working with children who are victims of crime and multi agency training in child protection because she believes it makes a difference.
Safeguarding and Training Consultant
Philip joined Marie Collins Foundation as a consultant in March 2022 following a 30-year career as a police detective. The last 14 years of his service were in the Child Abuse Investigation Unit covering Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
During his police career, Philip also became a qualified trainer. For two years, he was the Thames Valley Police lead trainer in delivering courses to police and local authorities on how to investigate child abuse and to protect vulnerable people.
Philip designed and delivered the TVP ‘Specialist Child Abuse Investigative Development Programme’ (SCAIDP) to police forces throughout the south of the country.
Amongst other courses, Philip was also the lead trainer for the following:
‘Achieving Best Evidence’ (ABE)
‘Joint Investigation’ (for police and local authorities)
‘Significant Witness’ Interviewing
Philip is passionate about safeguarding children and vulnerable people in any way possible.
While he was waiting to reach the police joining age, Philip worked for Virgin Atlantic as long-haul cabin crew, a job that allowed him to see the world while serving thousands of cups of tea and coffee.
Penny Tyndale-Hardy is a qualified teacher and practising psychotherapeutic counsellor. As a former Assistant Headteacher, she continues to work with young people and is passionate about supporting them and ensuring that their voices are heard.
She is an experienced educator, and has delivered training in a range of areas, including mental health support and coaching, to leaders, organisations, teachers and young people for over ten years.
Penny is delighted to be working with the Marie Collins Foundation to bring their message and vision to those people who can make a real difference to people’s lives.
Sarah has more than 27 years’ experience working in and with the media. She is a qualified, award-winning journalist with a background in regional newspapers, followed by managing in-house public relations in international professional sport and for a member of the FTSE 250 covering corporate, retail and internal communications.
For the past 15 years she has been an independent media consultant. Her role with Marie Collins Foundation includes strategic communications, public relations, media and partner liaison, digital communications and brand.
Christie has over 30 years policing experience, working and specialising as a Detective, nationally and internationally, in a number of roles including surveillance, criminal investigation of serious and organised crime and public protection.
Whilst serving in public protection roles, including Domestic Abuse Investigation, the risk management of Violent and Registered Sex Offenders and Child Abuse Investigation, Christie qualified as a Specialist Child Abuse Investigator. A posting, as an Internet Child Abuse Investigation Detective, allowed her to use her skills and develop further knowledge to combat the threat posed by offenders using technology to commit offences online.
Christie is highly experienced in performing duties as an inter-agency child protection professional, having worked for many of years in teams with professionals representing partner agencies. Effective inter-agency work is required and necessary, to ensure the protection of children, particularly those experiencing and at risk of harm.
She remains current and develops her investigative and training skills by conducting complex investigations in support of law enforcement organisations and for the private sector. She also provides training and review services to law enforcement, government agencies and local authority child protection teams.
As a result of working with children and families in public protection roles for many years Christie has developed a strong passion to be an advocate for children and young people. Her mission is to ensure that the voice of the child or young person is heard and considered at all stages of any assessment, enquiry or process, in an effort to minimise or avoid further trauma and impact.
Now working as a trainer with The Marie Collins Foundation, Christie hopes to share her passion further and to inspire other professionals to be professionally curious, confident and challenging, so as to ensure the recovery of victims of online abuse is a priority.