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Christie Knowles

Christie Knowles Trainer

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.


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“It is comforting to see that the Marie Collins Foundation is trying to address the issues of children harmed online and enabling front line practitioners to conduct work with children that is based on relevant research. I will be a regular visitor to the website and will be advertising the charity in the workshops I facilitate.”

Social worker, MCF training attendee

Marie Collins Foundation Partners