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Speaker Biography

Donald Findlater

Donald Findlater is Director of Research and Development with Lucy Faithfull Foundation as well as Director of the Stop it Now! UK & Ireland child sexual abuse prevention campaign. The Foundation is a child protection charity concerned with all aspects of child sexual abuse prevention.

For seven years, Donald was Manager of the Wolvercote Clinic, the UK’s only residential assessment and treatment centre for men with allegations of or convictions for child sexual abuse. This followed a career in the Probation Service where, latterly, he was responsible for the development and delivery of Surrey Probation Service’s sex offender strategy.

Over recent years Donald has worked as a “subject matter expert” with the DfE in the creation and delivery of “Safer Recruitment” training programmes for Heads and Governors of schools and for recruiters into the wider children’s workforce. He sat on Sir Roger Singleton’s Panel advising Ministers on List 99 barring decisions and was a Board Member of the Independent Safeguarding Authority and then the Disclosure and Barring Service until December 2013. These organisations provide criminal records information to employers and maintain the Children’s and Vulnerable Adults’ Barred List. He sits on Surrey Safeguarding Children Board.

During this time Donald has taken a keen interest in the role of the Church, both in the prevention of child sexual abuse and in the support and accountability offered to men, women and children known to represent a sexual risk to children. He has worked with the Catholic, Methodist and Anglican churches in developing and reviewing their child protection procedures.

Alongside directing the work of Stop it Now! UK & Ireland, Donald is currently leading a small team in a project for an international foundation. This involves the creation of a tool to assist nations in East Africa and Eastern Europe to develop a comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention strategy. He is also exploring the practical application of situational crime prevention theories to the area of child sexual abuse and online child pornography.


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