Marcella Leonard

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Marcella Leonard – Project Development

Marcella is the 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 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. The other area 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. As Director of Leonard Consultancy, Marcella works in New Zealand, Abu Dhabi, Australia, Gibraltar and Canada as well as throughout UK and Ireland in delivering specialist training, consultancy and programme development. She completed 3 years as Co-ordinator of Public Protection Arrangements in N. Ireland (PPANI). Marcella has assisted NOMS and College of Policing in their roll out of the ARMS risk assessment training for public protection Police in England and Wales.

She currently provides risk assessments for children, adolescents and adults and ability to protect assessments for range of organisations including Social Care Trusts, Education, Religious, Sports and Solicitors and employing agencies throughout UK and Ireland. She is an external public and child protection consultant with the Royal Gibraltar Police, Prison, Probation and Care Agencies as they further develop their multiagency public protection arrangements. She also provides clinical supervision for senior social work and psychology personnel throughout Ireland in their work with victims and offenders of sexual abuse. Marcella also undertakes reviews of social work practice in child and adult social care cases. Marcella is currently the Chair of NI NOTA Conference and Training Committee. Marcella has written several book chapters and co-authored articles in relevant professional journals and regularly provides expert opinion to media outlets as well as expert advisor to several documentaries for television productions. Marcella is co-author of AIM3 Model of Assessment for Adolescents who have sexually harmed with Prof. Simon Hackett and is co-author of the Capacity and Ability to Supervise and Protect – Risk (CASP-R) assessment tool for non-abusing partners / parents with Gareth Mc Gibbon.

Marcella has been awarded NSPCC and AoCPP UK Child Protection Trainer of the Year 2019


AIM3 Assessment Model: Assessment of Adolescents and Harmful Sexual Behaviour (Leonard & Hackett, 2019)

Changing Residential Child Care: A Systems Approach to Consultation Training and Development : Gibson. J, Leonard.,M and Wilson.,M. In Child Care in Practice Vol10, No.4. October 2004

‘I did what I was directed to do but he didn’t touch me’ : The impact of being a victim of internet offending: Leonard. , M in Journal of Sexual Aggression July 2010 Vol.16. No.4

Suspected and Convicted Sex Offenders : The Challenge for Social Work Practice: Leonard., M in Social Work and Innovation

Understanding Normal Sexual Functioning to Assess Sexual Deviancy : Leonard.,M & Donathy., M in Working with Sex Offenders: A Guide for Practitioners. NOTA . Routledge 2017

Carol Carson

AIM Project Manager

Christina Adamson

Training and Admin Coordinator

Marcella Leonard

Project Development

Vince Mercer

Restorative Justice/Practice Lead

Christine McCarlie

AIM Associate trainer

Duncan Sheppard

AIM Associate trainer

Gareth McGibbon

AIM Associate trainer

Gina Carty

AIM Associate trainer

Jacinta Guilhermino

AIM Associate trainer

Jennifer Allotey

AIM Associate trainer

Joan Cherry

AIM Associate Trainer

Karen Martin

AIM Associate trainer

Kieran McGrath

AIM Associate trainer

Lindsey Dickinson

AIM Associate trainer

Raminder Aujla

AIM Associate trainer

Dr Jeyda Ibrahim

AIM Associate trainer

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