AIM uses a number of associates to deliver accredited training course on our behalf; they include;



Richard Swann, Independent Consultant & Trainer and AIM Associate.BA, MA, MSW, CQSW, PGCert, AASW, HCPC Registered.

Richard has worked within the field of Social Care for 23 years as a practitioner, manager and trainer. Over the last 13 years he has specialised in investigative assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people at risk of harm having undertaking additional post qualifying training at the Tavistock Clinic, London, the University of Sussex and the University of East London.

Since 1999 Richard has developed a specialist interest in the provision of assessment and treatment services for children and young people who harm sexually. Between 1999 and 2002 Richard helped to re-establish a group work programme and family therapy service for adolescent males who sexually harmed for a local authority multidisciplinary child protection service in Brighton. During this period Richard was undertaking investigative interviews of children, undertaking expert assessment reports regarding high risk and complex child protection matters on behalf of the local authority, provided a family therapy service and regularly contributed to child protection training for member agencies of the then local ACPC.

Between 2003 and 2006 Richard managed a specialist community-based psychotherapeutic service for children and young people who sexual harm in Surrey and delivered training at local, national and international events and conferences regarding this work. Between 2006 and 2007 Richard has worked as a Senior Clinical Therapist at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation – an independent child protection agency that specialises in the assessment and treatment of adult and adolescent sexual offenders and their families. This work included supporting the Stop It Now national helpline and provision of a group work programme for adults arrested for Internet offences.


Since January 2006 Richard has worked as an Associate Trainer for the AIM Project and has assisted in the development of the training programme. In 2005 Richard developed his independent practice as a Social Care Consultant and Trainer. His portfolio has included independent expert assessments for civil proceedings; team-based consultation and supervision; child protection supervision training and delivering assessment and intervention skills training in the field of child sexual abuse; overview author for Serious Case Reviews and IMRs.  Richard provides external clinical supervision to a range of disciplines including social care and health. He has previously undertaken the role of senior trainer for In Trac Training & Consultancy Ltd responsible for the delivery of a national supervision training programme on behalf of the Children’s Workforce Development Council. Richard is also Safeguarding Advisor and Trainer for Family Nurse Partnership projects across the UK.


Shevade, Devayani, Norris, Emma and Swann, Richard (2011) ‘An exploration of therapists’ reactions to working with children displaying sexually problematic behaviour: a thematic analytic study’, Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37: 1, 52 — 74

New Technologies, New Challenges: Assessment and Treatment Guidance Regarding Young People’s Problematic/Abusive Sexual Behaviour Online,

in Calder, M (ed) Contemporary Practice With Young People Who Sexually Abuse. (2011) RHP.

Christine McCarlieGetAttachment-4.aspx

Christine has been a social worker for over 20 years. She previously established and managed the Halt Project, a community resource in Glasgow for children and young people with problem sexual behaviours.She now works as an independent Social Worker in this field offering a range of services including consultation, training and direct work to local authorities and voluntary organisations. She is also a consultant to a number of specialist projects in Scotland providing services for children and young people with problematic sexual behaviours. She has worked intensively with one authority in particular helping to develop a multi agency service for children and young people with problem sexual behaviours. This has involved extensive training and the production of a risk management protocol which is currently being used by several local authorities.She is an associate trainer for Children 1st and the Scottish Institute for Residential Child Care as well as being an associate trainer for AIM.She co-authored the Chapter  “The Extra Dimension: developing a risk management framework “ in Children and young People who sexually abuse: New theory, research and practice developments” Ed Martin C. Calder (2005).

Carol CarsonGetAttachment-3.aspx

Carol Carson is an independent trainer and consultant, and also works as a Child Protection Co-ordinator for Leeds Children and Young People’s Social Care. Carol has experience of working in education, residential care and field social work settings. She has experience of direct work with children and young people who display sexually problematic/harmful behaviours and in supporting staff that work with these children. She has developed guidelines for the AIM project on understanding and managing sexually problematic/harmful behaviours, for staff working in residential and foster care and education settings and an assessment and intervention manual for staff involved in working with younger children.

Julie HennikerGetAttachment-1.aspx

Julie Henniker is the manager of the AIM (Assessment Intervention Moving on) project which since January 2000 has developed and implemented policies, procedures, assessment models and a range of interventions in respect of children and young people who sexually harm. The project works on a multi-agency basis across the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester, training and supporting frontline practitioners to deliver assessment and interventions.Julie’s background is in local authority child protection social work, before moving on to specific work at the NSPCC with adults who sexually offend and children and adolescents who sexually harm, on both a groupwork and individual basis. She has undertaken research for the Youth Justice Board, mapping responses and services to young people who sexually offend. She has contributed to the Youth Justice Board’s Effective Practice Paper in relation to this group and has co-authored a number of chapters on the subject. Julie has extensively presented the projects work at national conferences and provided training and consultation to managers and practitioners both in Greater Manchester and nationally. Julie is a HCPC registered social work practitioner

Vince Mercer AIM Project Vince_cv pic

Vince Mercer is responsible for developing restorative approaches within the AIM Project. AIM (Assessment Intervention Moving on) project since January 2000 has developed and implemented policies, procedures, assessment models and a range of interventions in respect of children and young people who sexually harm. The project works on a multi-agency basis across the 10 local authorities in Greater Manchester, training and supporting frontline practitioners to deliver assessment and interventions.Vince’s background is in youth justice, having spent over twenty years as a group worker, juvenile justice worker and Team Manager.Since 1999 he has been actively involved in the development and promotion of restorative approaches to youth crime. He established and ran the Greater Manchester Family Group Meetings Project for over 5 years before joining AIM with the specific remit to explore and develop the potential for an integrated approach which included both the offender and victim perspective. He has published work in this field, addressed international and national conferences as well training extensively with the UK and abroad. Vince is a HCPC Registered Social Work Practitioner.

Pam Badger    

Pam is a Trustee of the AIM project . She worked for the Education Department of a Local Authority for many years, including six as the lead for safeguarding children.  As a member of the national network of Investigation, Referral and Support Coordinators she worked to develop and promote good practice in handling allegations against staff and also the newly-emerging (at the time) safeguarding agenda.  For the last five years she has taught safeguarding to undergraduates and postgraduates at Liverpool John Moores University.

Eddie Hawkes, R.M.N: Clinical Nurse Specialist (CAMHS);Independent Therapist, Trainer; Consultant and Clinical Supervisor. R.C.N.

Eddie has worked as a specialist nurse with children, families and adolescents in both residential and community settings, for over 25 years.After qualifying as a Registered Mental Health Nurse, he completed a one-year full time course in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatric Nursing. In 1989 he qualified in California, as a Master Practitioner in neuro – linguistic programming (NLP). In 2000, he completed Levels 1 & 2 and the child & adolescent courses in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) a NICE approved therapeutic intervention, primarily used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The majority of his work has been within the NHS, where he provides assessments and therapeutic input to children, adolescents, parents and families. In addition, he has supplied consultation, clinical supervision and support, to individuals and staff groups within the NHS and Social Care.

For four years Eddie was the ‘Health Worker’ for Youth Offending Teams (in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire) and presented the work he did with them at a national conference. He completed a Forensic Mental Health course in Manchester in 2001. In 2002, he moved to a community mental health team, where the focus of work is with adolescents who have complex needs, often of a forensic nature. This role also involved working within a secure children’s home and with young people who had sexually harmed

He was a founder member of Portsmouth’s Steering group that set up a service for children and young people involved in inappropriate sexual behaviours in 2002 and for seven years was an active member of the subsequent AIM trained multi-agency practitioner group that formed to help meet the needs of this client population.

In 2009, Eddie took up the post of Coordinator for Hampshire Young Persons’ Specialist Assessment Service, (HYPSAS) a pilot service for children and young people demonstrating problematic and harmful sexual behaviours. As an AIM Associate Trainer, he has trained multi-agency staff in both AIM Under 12s Assessment and Intervention and AIM2. He co-facilitated the clinical supervision required for those carrying out the assessments and led in developing and delivering trainings, for primary school, secondary school and for children’s homes’ staff, in the pilot area.

Eddie’s Coordinating role also involved: consultative work; direct AIM assessments of children and young people – and scoping the needs for this population of children and young people across the County of Hampshire. His extensive ‘End of Pilot’ report, published in February 2010, included statistics and recommendations for service provision to this population of troubled and troubling young people. He provided the keynote speech and workshops for a regional conference, regarding young people and harmful sexual behaviour. An article of Eddie’s was featured in the ‘Fall 2010’ California Coalition On Sexual Offending (CCOSO) quarterly newsletter, ‘Perspectives’.

Eddie has experience in using a wide range of therapeutic models, as the above trainings demonstrate. He favours systemic thinking and solution focused approaches. He currently divides his professional life between the NHS and independent work.

Lindsey Dickinson, Independent Social Worker and Trainer, BA (hons) SW, PQ1, HCPC registered

Lindsey qualified at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1992. Since moving to England in 1993, she has worked for Dorset County Council and Bournemouth Borough Council, initially in a long term child care field work team and subsequently as a senior practitioner on a specialist team, working with children and young people who sexually harm, as well as undertaking specialist family risk assessments, where the primary cause for concern related to issues of sexual abuse. Within this role she also undertook work relating to personal safety skills.

In 2000 Lindsey began working at the NSPCC in Dorset, initially on a three year basis to develop the service in respect of working with young people who sexually harm, and then on a permanent basis, to continue working with children and their families where sexually harmful behaviour was the concern. Whilst in this role she also undertook work with adults who sexually harmed as well as work with their partners. She also undertook independent family risk assessments, where the cause for concern may have related to any form of child abuse.

In 2002 she obtained her PQ Level 1 from the University of Birmingham. In her role she was a consultant from 2003 – 2007 to a residential unit for young males who displayed sexually harmful behaviour. She has facilitated training and consultation with local authorities, and taken the lead in developmental aspects of the service within the team. From 2002 – 2004 she was also acting manager on the team on a part time basis. She remained with the NSPCC for a period of 12 years, until December 2011 at which time, due to restructuring within the organisation, the team was closed. Lindsey co-founded D G Etali Ltd, in January 2012, where she is currently director and specialist social worker and independent trainer.

Jacinta Guilhermino, Independent Social Worker and Trainer, BA (hons) SW, HCPC registered

Jacinta qualified at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1994. Since moving to England in 1995 she has worked for Dorset County Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and Poole Children and Families Services. She initially worked as a social worker on an adult mental health team, before moving to work on a child care assessment team, initially in Bournemouth and then in Poole.The primary focus of her work was undertaking Joint Investigations (now Best Evidence Interviews) with the Police, when allegations of child abuse were made. Whilst working in Poole she was seconded for an 18 month period into Policy, focussing specifically on policies regarding ethnicity and diversity matters. Within this role she facilitated training for the Borough in relation to child protection and diversity. In 2000 she became an accredited practice teacher.

In 2002 she began working at the NSPCC in Dorset, working with adults who sexually harm, as well as undertaking work with their partners. She has been accredited by the Home Office to facilitate the Thames Valley Sex Offender Treatment Programme, a group work programme for men who have committed sexually abusive acts against children and adults. Within this she has also been accredited to run the Internet Offender Programme and she has also run the Partner Programme. She is an accredited treatment manager, and has been involved in supervising other colleagues running the programme. She is accredited to undertake and compile SARN reports to a ‘Gold’ standard. She has facilitated training and consultation with local agencies and has been instrumental in developing various aspects within the team. Within her role she also undertook work with young people who sexually harm.Within her role at the NSPCC she also undertook independent family risk assessments, focussing on all aspects of child abuse. Within this role she also acted as a Children’s Guardian on the Channel Islands for a period of two years. She remained with the NSPCC for nine years, until the team closure in December 2011, due to organisational restructuring. Jacinta co-founded D G Etali Ltd, in January 2012, where she is currently director and specialist social worker and independent trainer

Baseer Mir – Independent Consultant & Trainer and AIM Associate. DipSW, NVQ Assessor, GSCC registered

Baseer has worked in social work for the past 20 years as a practitioner, senior manager and trainer. He specialises in Sexually Harmful Behaviour, Child Protection & Cultural and religious diversity. Baseer has co authored several chapters in the subject of Sexually Harmful Behaviour and diversity. Baseer has co authored the guidance on working with diversity and Sexually Harmful Behaviour, in the current and past AIM manuals.

Baseer currently delivers training for Calderdale and Wakefield Safeguarding children’s boards and is currently working on developing a training programme for Madrassas ( religious schools) on the subject of Child Protection.

Baseer’s last post was as a service manager for the NSPCC where he has worked for many years managing centres specialising in sexually harmful behaviour, working with black children and families, family support and child protection

Marcella Leonard biog pic

Marcella Leonard (BSc (Hons), MSc, CQSW, PTA, AASW, PG DipATSO, ASW, ASI) is Director of Leonard Consultancy and qualified as a social worker in 1989. Marcella has specialised in assessment and treatment in the fields of sexuality, sexual deviancy and sexual trauma. She began her career as a social worker within mental health and psychosexual services, Marcella then assisted in the development of a regional service Programme for Prevention of Sexual Abuse where she held the post of Senior Social Worker / Team Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor. This regional programme provided risk assessments of those convicted of or had allegations of sexual offending as well as undertaking ability to protect assessments. Marcella overseen the assessment and treatment aspects of the programme as well as providing training and consultations to relevant professional bodies.

She then moved into independent social work which has taken her to work with sexual offending assessment and treatment services in New Zealand as Clinical Team Leader and providing training with child protection agencies in Australia.

She has two areas of specific interest, one, in developing the understanding of those working within criminal justice and risk management in utilising the knowledge of normal sexual development to understand sexual deviancy.

Marcella is qualified in sexual and violent risk assessments of children, adolescents, adults, persons with learning disability. She is a trainer in Stable and Acute 2007, ARMIDILO, AIM2 and Ability to Protect Assessments. Marcella is a certified supervisor with the Community Sex Offender Group Work Programme and has held position of Treatment Manager in both N.Ireland and New Zealand.

The other area of specific interest is in as her role as a psychosexual therapist to assist victims of sexual trauma to regain a healthy sexual life without re-experiencing trauma. Marcella continues to hold a practice base working with victims of trauma and is currently providing supervision to therapists developing their work with victims of online sexual exploitation.

As Director of Leonard Consultancy, Marcella has worked in New Zealand, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Canada, and Gibraltar as well as throughout UK and Ireland in delivering specialist training, consultancy and programme development. Marcella worked alongside the lead Trainers for ARMS throughout the England and Welsh Police Forces in assisting police in their assessment of sexual risk. She was coordinator of Public Protection Arrangements in N.Ireland (PPANI) on risk management of sexual and violent offenders. She provides training for a range of agencies including NSPCC, Education, Police, Social Services, PAMS, and Marcella is currently the Chair of the N.Ireland Association of Social Workers and has developed training packages for child protection social workers to undertake risk assessments to assist in the decision making at case conferences.


  • “The Psychiatric Social Worker Within the Psychosexual Service “Social Work in Mental Health- Proceedings of the second Northern Ireland conference September 1993. DHSS and SSI.
  • “A Statistical Overview of the Client Group attending the Programme for Prevention Of Sexual Abuse Between October 1994 and October 1997.” Msc Advanced Social Work Dissertation. QUB.
  • “ Sex Offenders , convicted and alleged : the challenge for social work practice” for inclusion in Advanced Social Work Practice Literature in September 2000 QUB,CCETSW
  • ‘Changing Residential Child Care: A Systems Approach to Consultation, Training and Development’ Child Care In Practice, Vol 10, Number 4, October 2004
  • Research paper for Risky Children Group N.I. June 06
  • ‘ Impact on staff when allegations of child abuse are made and the interim period of suspension’ Research paper for Dept. Of Education N.I. 2006
  • ‘I did what I was directed to do but he didn’t touch me’: The impact of being a victim of internet offending.’ Journal Of Sexual Aggression July 2010 Vol16, No.2 pp 249 -256
  • Safer Lives Project Manual for NIPS and PBNI alongside Val Owens 2007-2008

Jane Lloyd Griffiths – Independent Consultant, Trainer and AIM Associate.- CSS, CQSW,(Care Council Registered) BSc Psychology (Hons), MA Clinical Counselling (BACP Registered)

Jane is a trained Social Worker who took early retirement from the National Probation Service- NOMS in 2010, after almost twenty two years of service within the Probation arena where she worked as a Field Officer , Group Worker, Senior Probation Officer and prior to taking early retirement Probation Area Manager for North West Wales. She was seconded out of Probation between 1997-1999 to manage and deliver the services of Project Dyfodol delivering counselling services to adults who had been, or where still in the Criminal Justice System, who had experienced some form of trauma , mainly sexual abuse. Due to lack of continuing funding for the project, she returned to Probation in 1999.

Between 2012 and 2014 Jane worked in an independent capacity as the Gwynedd and Ynys Mon Youth Justice Service Partnership and Prevention Manager. Since 2014 Jane has worked as an Independent Harmful Sexual Behavior Consultant and Trainer linked to both YJS Gwynedd and Ynys Mon Youth Justice Service and Gwynedd Social Services. She has experience of direct work with children and young people who display sexually problematic/harmful behaviors, and in supporting staff who work with these children and young people .

She recently completed an MA in Clinical Counselling Person Centered approach counselling adults, specializing mainly in sexual abuse trauma, delivering counselling for RASAC – Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Agency. She is presently in the process of establishing her own private counselling practice focusing upon developing Nature as Co therapist and the use of Equines in Therapy as part of her practice.

Since May 2014 and ongoing, Jane has also been part of the Practitioner group linked to the recently launched NSPCC HSB National Framework Document. More recently in 2015 Jane became an AIM Associate delivering AIM2 and AIM Basic Awareness training mainly within Wales and the borders.