George Hosking OBE is the founder and Chief Executive of the WAVE Trust, an organisation he set up to tackle the root causes of damaging family cycles, including child abuse and neglect. He is also an economist, accountant, psychologist, clinical criminologist and traumatic stress counsellor.
George was deeply moved by a number of horrendous child cruelty cases widely reported in the UK, taking a fundamental decision (or as he sees it, the decision took him) that he could not just accept such things and do nothing about it. He studied Criminology at Birmingham University, counselling victims and offenders, and in 1996, he initiated the creation and growth of WAVE. As a criminologist he has worked with victims and perpetrators of violence, in prisons and in the community delivering WAVE’s very successful ‘An End to Violence’ programme.
The WAVE Trust has produced many publications used by professionals including Building Great Britons and 1001 Critical Days: The Importance of the Conception to Age Two Period.
In more recent years the WAVE Trust has promoted a national campaign to prevent 70% of Child Abuse and Neglect by 2030, using volunteer ambassadors to promote the campaign with MPs, local councillors and the public. The Trust is also running a pilot Pioneer Community in Derry, Northern Ireland, to promote joint working in ensuring the best emotional health in families and reducing abuse and neglect of children.
Professor Jane Barlow is the Professor of Evidence-Based Intervention and Policy Evaluation, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.
Jane’s main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems and in particular the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices and reducing the risk of child maltreatment, particularly during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She is Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, which provides training and research in innovative evidence-based methods of supporting parenting during pregnancy and the early years to a wide range of early years and primary care practitioners.
She recently co-authored a book about ‘what works in the treatment of child emotional abuse’, and a publication for Research in Practice entitled “Safeguarding in the 21st Century: Where to now?”. She has also recently completed a DfE funded systematic review of the most effective models of decision-making in child protection and is working with a number of local authorities to establish new care pathways to prevent child maltreatment.
Professor Vivette Glover PhD DSC is the Professor of Perinatal Psychobiology at Imperial College, London. She is an international expert on the effect of the mother’s emotional state in pregnancy, researching the effects of prenatal stress, anxiety and depression on the development of the foetus and the child and the underlying biological mechanisms. Professor Glover also hosts an annual meeting specifically on this topic for medical professionals, policy makers and anyone interested in these issues.
Professor Glover research interests encompass the biological mechanisms that underlie fetal programming, including the role of the placenta and genetic differences in vulnerabilities. She is also interested in the implications of this research for public policy both here in the UK, and around the world. In June 2017 she received Parent Infant Partnership UK (PIPUK) Award for Research in Pregnancy and Infant Mental Health.
Mark Williams is the founder of International Fathers Mental Health Day.
Mark is well qualified in mental health through his personal experience of panic attacks and postnatal depression following the traumatic birth of his son, a mental breakdown in 2011, living with ADHD and the extensive training he has undertaken. He also experienced the difficulty of trying to support his wife Michelle who suffered severe postnatal depression while being unwell himself. Since 2011, Mark has spoken around the world. Mark is often seen on television and talking on the radio in many countries to raise the profile of perinatal mental health faced by fathers and campaign for better support.
He founded “Fathers Reaching Out” in 2011 to raise awareness of the detrimental impact that PTSD following a traumatic birth and the resulting postnatal depression (PND) have on both fathers and families as a whole.
Dr Andrew Mayers PhD, MBPsS, FRSA is a Principal Academic (in Psychology) at Bournemouth University specialising in child and family mental health and children’s sleep. His particular interest is in perinatal mental illness. He actively campaigns for raising awareness for mental health, and challenges stigma and discrimination. He is also keen to help tackle child abuse and the impact that this has on future risk for mental health problems. He serves on several local and national advisory groups for maternal mental illness. As well as being Fellow at RSA, Patron for Samaritans of Bournemouth and District, he is Chair of Trustees for ActsFast, a child abuse charity based in Dorset. He works closely with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation NHS Trust and Dorset Police mental health street triage.
Linda Davies Dobraszczyk MPH is a former Perinatal Mental Health Project Manager for Reading Borough Council, Trainer in Maternal and Infant Mental Health for MIND Cymru and a Member of Association for Infant Mental Health.
Kamila Kaminska Reg. MBACP ICEEFT is a counsellor, couples and perinatal therapist. She works with individuals and couples in her private practice and as a group therapist for parent & baby PND group with West Berkshire Home-Start UK. She is also a Global Prenatal Initiative Representative.