In today's episode Wendy Thorogood, Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals talks to Ian McNicholl about what we as professionals need to know about domestic abuse against men.
In just 14 months, Ian McNicholl migrated from been a picture of health, a home owner, a successful businessman and been financially comfortable to become permanently scarred, registered disabled, homeless, a Benefit Claimant and on the verge of Bankruptcy. Following criminal proceedings, his Female Perpetrator received a custodial sentence of 7 Years for Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent. Ian has shared his traumatic events via both local and national Media Outlets and presented at numerous Conferences in order to raise awareness and enhance existing levels of understanding within the Domestic Abuse profession therefore encouraging more Victims to come forward.
Ian is an Ambassador for “Men Reaching Out” and a member of both the “Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse (EIDA”) and the “Men & Boys Coalition”.
Wendy Thorogood is a retired Designated Nurse Consultant for children with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) based in Dorchester. She trained at St Guy's hospital in London, specialising in child and adult nursing intensive care and cardiac and renal transplants.
Wendy delivered the national leadership programme for safeguarding for the Department of Health and worked directly with the NHS Confederation in relation to current changes ;providing assurance that current and future providers of services are compliant in relation to safeguarding national and local standards;working with Lead Commissioners and the performance team to develop agreed key performance indicators and safety metrics for providers;identifying and taking appropriate action on key risks and issues across commissioned services that may affect safeguarding of children, young people.
Wendy has also spent time working in South Africa in a maternity unit, within a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Kent, and has worked with drug users to improve maternal care - a project that still runs today.
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