Who We Are: Directors
Chair of the Board of Directors
Stephen has been a practising social worker in the field of child care since 1976. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Training. He was the Head of the Social Work Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and shared responsibility for child protection at the hospital. He has been the Independent Chair of an Area Child Protection Committee and held a part time position as a lecturer in social work. Now he undertakes a range of independent social work assessments in care proceedings, reports in actions for damages against local authorities including cases of historical abuse and prepares Serious Case Reviews under Working Together to Safeguard Children. Stephen co-wrote the training manuals for delivering training on the HOME Inventory, The Family Assessment and the Safeguarding Assessment and Analysis Framework. He delivers training both in the UK and internationally.
Dr. Arnon Bentovim
Arnon is a Child and Family Psychiatrist, and Director of Child and Family Training. He trained as a Psycho-Analyst and Family Therapist and worked at the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic. He is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Holloway University of London. At Great Ormond Street he shared responsibility for Child Protection at the Hospital, and helped to initiate a number of services including the first Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service in the UK, and a Child Care Consultation Service. Research on Family Assessment formed the basis of the tools commissioned by the Department of Health to support the Assessment Framework. Child and Family Training was established to provide training and further developments.
Dr. Samaa El Abd
Samaa is a British Egyptian Child and Adolescent Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at Guy's hospital with a particular responsibility for the management of neurodevelopmental disorders. She has a special interest in the interaction between developmental and behavioural disorders and the use of psychopharmacology. Dr El Abd has worked at the University of Cairo, the University of Zurich and the University of London (St. George's Hospital Medical School and Guy's Hospital). Having trained and worked in the UK since 1985, she has developed a special interest and expertise in developmental neuropsychiatric disorders, impact of chronic illness , provision of second opinions on complicated cases or cases requiring advanced psychopharmacology. She obtained the degrees of MSc (ped) and MRCPsych (London) and has completed her CCST (certificate of Completion of Specialist Training) (London). Alongside her clinical career, she is a researcher and combines her academic skills with day-to-day clinical work. She lectures at both national and international conferences and has published widely. Dr Samaa El Abd is currently working as a Consultant child and adolescent developmental neuropsychiatrist at Guy's Hospital (University of London) in the South London and Maudsley NHS (National Health Service) Trust and has been there since 1999.
David is a clinical psychologist who has worked for over 30 years in clinical and forensic settings with offenders and victims of offences. His experience includes high, medium and low secure NHS settings, as well as community forensic services. Whilst a lecturer at Liverpool University he developed and taught the SAGE special needs forensic interviewing system. He was also a founding co-director of the Forensic Behavioural Studies programme at Liverpool University. Subsequently he was a course director of the Child Forensic Studies programme at Leeds University and also the Forensic Issues programme at the (now) University of Cumbria. He has worked as an expert witness in criminal and civil proceedings for over 25 years, often in complex, highly contested or high profile cases. David now works for an independent forensic practice evaluating and also undertaking investigative interviews of children and adults with a learning disability.
Carol has worked for Child and Family Training since 2000 and is accredited as a trainer for the range of assessment and intervention tools. She has trained for Child and Family Training in a range of social care and health settings in UK, Ireland, Egypt, Cyprus, Sweden, Germany and Hong Kong. She is currently involved in developing their family work focused training courses. She has worked with children and families in social work and children's mental health services since 1979. She qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has worked as a practitioner and manager in children's residential and community settings, including a duty and assessment service and a national therapeutic residential resource. Carol additionally trained as a family therapist (and is also a qualified systemic supervisor) as part of her move to children's mental health services. She now works as a consultant systemic psychotherapist and as clinical lead for family therapy in an NHS Trust. She has a private clinical practice, offering family therapy and assessments for prospective adopters and foster carers. She teaches on family therapy and clinical psychology training courses for the Tavistock Centre and Canterbury Christchurch University.
Carla qualified in 1982 and has since practiced in adult mental health but mostly in child protection in the London Boroughs of Merton and Kingston. Carla was an approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act. Carla has been delivering safeguarding children related training and specialist training since 2000 both as a Local Authority LSCB trainer and as a freelance trainer and consultant. Carla was recently involved in developing the DfE commissioned training manual on childhood neglect. She is an accredited trainer in the delivery of Assessing Parenting, Assessing, Families, In My Shoes, the SAAF, the one-day Assessment and a Analysis course and a Safer Recruitment. Throughout her career, Carla has developed a number of safeguarding children related topics training manuals.