Sat 17 Jun 2023 10:00 AM-12:30 PM BST

The first of a short series of webinars exploring the critical importance of sound safeguarding principles in relation to sex and gender identity in a range of professional contexts – and the potential legal consequences of getting it wrong.

This webinar will cover the fields of social work and counselling and therapy with Maggie Mellon of the Evidence Based Social Work Alliance and Peter Jenkins of Thoughtful Therapists.

About our speakers

Maggie Mellon

Maggie is an independent social worker, writer, speaker and campaigner on justice, particularly on women and children’s rights and welfare. She works with mothers separated from or at risk of separation from their children, in care, or in prison or through addiction or victimisation. This forces her to challenge practices that fail women, children and families. She has been writing and speaking out on the obvious dangers of claims about gender identity since 2018 when she realised it was not going away. With others, she has set up EBSWA: Evidence Based Social Work Alliance, which aims to promote evidence-based practice and challenge the capture of practice and teaching, and the failure of professional leadership that has allowed this. Maggie is also a member of the Sex Matters Advisory Group. 

Peter Jenkins

Peter is a counsellor, supervisor, trainer and researcher. He has written extensively about the Gillick decision in relation to therapeutic work with children and young people, as in the book co-authored with Dr Debbie Daniels, Therapy with Children (Sage, Second edition, 2010). He was a contributor to the BACP Good Practice Guidance for Counselling in Schools (2006) and to the BACP research report, Counselling in Schools (2007), which led to the introduction of statutory counselling in secondary schools in Wales.

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