PIER and VSCP webinar 1: Balancing competing demands on trauma-informed organisations

  • Dates: 22 March 2024, 11:00 - 12:15
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
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Join ARU's Policing Institute for the Eastern Region and Victim and Survivor Consultancy Panel (VSCP) for a webinar about the challenges faced by trauma-informed organisations.

There is a huge buzz at the moment about everyone becoming trauma-informed.

Bristol has declared it will be the first trauma-informed city. However, things aren’t as simple as rolling out training and there are risks that staff are left coping with increased trauma workloads and insufficient support and supervision.


Fay Maxted OBE, VSCP member

Fay started working in the sexual violence sector in 1996, managing a rape and sexual abuse support service. This role entailed recruiting, training and supporting volunteer counsellors working with survivors of any form of sexual violence/abuse from the age of 13 upwards.

Fay is a trained therapist (TA, NLP and Child and Adolescent Counselling) but not currently practising. She is also a PTLLS trainer for adult learning.

Fay joined the steering group for The Survivors Trust (TST) in 2000, and was appointed Chief Executive in 2003. TST now has 120+ specialist voluntary sector rape and sexual abuse support services member agencies across the UK and Ireland.

Fay is particularly interested in promoting trauma-informed practice and helped establish TST’s quality marks - Trauma Informed Educator and Trauma Informed Employer – which promote best practice in responding to victims/survivors of trauma.

Co-production is something Fay believes needs to be central to policy and service developments. She has worked on a number of projects supporting survivor involvement, including working with survivor focus groups and forums producing resources for survivors.

She is also very keen on research and has participated in a number of research advisory groups, including PROSPER, Making Noise, MiMOS, and We Matter Too.

Chris Tuck, VSCP member

Chris is a powerful and authentic public speaker, an author of three books, a media commentator, and an activist in the field of child abuse (especially child sexual abuse), bullying, and domestic violence.

She has extensive experience as a motivational keynote speaker, and is a professional trainer on topics such as trauma, abuse, and recovery, for both professionals and those impacted through lived experience.

Chris has experience of lobbying on child sexual abuse at senior government and corporate levels, and on social media platforms. She has lived experience of all forms of child abuse and neglect, having grown up in three domestic violent households.

For the last eight years, Chris has been an advisor to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse as a member of the VSCP.

After a 20-year career as a Chartered Management Accountant at a senior level, Chris retrained as a trauma informed health and wellness practitioner, establishing both her own community business and founding and directing the charity Survivors of aBuse (SOB) (Registered Charity No. 116712).

Using her lived experiences, insight, and professional skill set, she created the psycho-educational Breaking The Cycle™ C.L.E.A.N.E.R™ Living Therapy Programme that empowers individuals to recover from trauma and reach their full potential.

Chris has hosted her own radio show and is a resident member on The Silenced radio show. She co-hosts her own weekly podcast and creates her own social media awareness campaigns around child sexual abuse and exploitation such as 'the myths and realities around child sexual abuse'. All can be accessed online.

In all the work she does and in her everyday life, Chris uses her voice, her lived experiences, and her insight to connect, communicate, and create positive, long-lasting change.

This event is free to attend, but you need to register to receive the joining link.

This event is part of the PIER and VSCP webinar series.

  • Dates: 22 March 2024, 11:00 - 12:15
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
Register your attendance