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Claire Bethel

Claire Bethel Trustee

Claire Bethel was formerly a deputy director in the Department of Health responsible for children and young people’s health and wellbeing, focusing most recently on children and young people’s mental health, leading to the development of the Future in Mind report and the first stage of its implementation. Prior to that, she was responsible for policy on social exclusion; military health, and the health aspects of interpersonal and public space violence, including work on domestic and sexual violence and abuse, gangs and knife crime and the prevention of violence.

In 2005, she helped to set up the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, where she became the first director of policy and research. Other work has included military health, the development of the Children, Young People’s and Maternity National Service Framework, and leading a primary care organisation in the NHS in South London.

Since leaving the Department of Health in 2016, Claire has been consulting on a wide range of issues including the impact of interparental conflict on children; child sexual abuse and exploitation, working on the evaluation of the Child House project in London, and the children and young people’s mental health workforce.


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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

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