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Stop It Now! Wales is staffed by one full-time member based in South Wales and one part-time member based in North Wales. Between them, they offer services across the whole of Wales.
Wales National Manager, Claire Short
Claire Short joined the Stop It Now! Wales team in April 2012, and leads the campaign for the prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation. She covers south and west Wales, and delivers a range of specialist training and consultancy to other agencies.
Since 1997, Claire worked in a variety of roles in childcare and education, including as a playgroup manager, childcare lecturer and holding senior roles for a childcare charity, managing a range of projects that included assessing and training childcare providers. Claire also has extensive experience working with families who have children with additional needs.
A significant proportion of Claire’s role involves face-to-face educative and therapeutic engagement with parents (one-to-one and in groups) to develop protective awareness. She works very closely with the Welsh Government and key partners across Wales and sits on various working groups, as well as being a key note speaker at a range of national Wales conferences.
More recently, Claire has been responsible for the delivery of a Dyfed Powys project which provides support for families of online offenders through a bespoke programme of Inform/Inform Plus. All of Claire’s roles have prioritised safeguarding, including her work in Wales where she runs interventions for young people who have got into trouble online.
Separately from her work at Stop It Now! Claire volunteers as a safeguarding and wellbeing officer for a local sports facility.
For South and West Wales enquiries, contact Claire Short: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07720 590 129.
Wales Assistant National Manager, Gillian Jones
Gillian Jones also joined the Stop It Now! Wales team in April 2012, and is based in Flintshire. She delivers training to parents and carers, professionals and practitioners in north Wales local authority areas and Powys.
Before joining Stop It Now! she had seven years’ experience within the child care sector, working in a multi-agency role with a local authority, supporting child care providers and vulnerable families. Gillian has also worked with North Wales Police for 15 years in police support roles delivering training, analysis and major incident support. She’s also an experienced school governor and holds a first class BA (Hons) degree in Childhood Studies.
Gillian’s role involves the delivery of a number of local and all-Wales projects to educate parents, carers and professionals in the topic of prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation, including the delivery of specialist training and consultancy. Alongside this work, Gillian has supported many families through the delivery of our bespoke intervention work and Inform/Inform Plus work in Wales and the north-west of England, both working individually and on a group basis with participants. Gillian also manages a Families First project delivered in the Conwy Borough.
For North and Mid Wales enquiries, contact Gill Jones: email email@example.com or call 07803 629 628.
Chair of the Stop It Now! Wales action group, David Hopkins
David Hopkins is the chair of the Stop It Now! Wales Action Group. Prior to that he chaired the Stop It Now! Wales Steering Group from its inception in 2009. Both roles have been carried out in a voluntary capacity. In this role, he has been grateful for the support regularly given by Stop It Now! colleagues and from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, and other partners.
David’s professional background was in human resource management, and he holds an M.Sc. degree in that field. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel & Development, and is also a qualified chartered secretary. An interest in children’s safeguarding developed whilst David worked in education as assistant, and later director of education and interim director of social services, roles he retired from in December 2008. Since that time he has worked as an adviser both to the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association. In those roles David has:
- supported local authorities in special measures, both as an interim director, and chair of a ministerial recovery board
- been involved in local authority peer reviews
David has also conducted a number of independent investigations for local authorities, school governing bodies and Estyn, many involving aspects of children’s safeguarding in school settings. His most recent work has been as an interim director with the Welsh Local Government Association.
David has been happily married to Jan for over 40 years, and they have three children, five grandchildren and two great grand-children – they are kept very busy.