Clare Walker is a Domestic Abuse Consultant with more than 25 years’ experience. Clare has a unique in-depth 360 degree view and understanding of domestic abuse. Having been a victim herself many years ago, she has first-hand experience of the effects and how they can present, as well as the entangled confusion and complexity of a power and control based intimate relationship.
Clare’s aim is to raise awareness of domestic abuse, to improve knowledge, skills and practice of professionals – ultimately improving the experience of services to the victims; be they adults or children.
This is reflected in her career path, Clare went on to work in various roles including; Children’s Worker in a Women’s Safe House, Volunteer in a Refuge, Sessional Worker in Women & Children’s Homeless Units, Family Support Worker in community settings etc. Clare went on to become Project Manager in a team of 25, consisting of Family Support Workers and Therapeutic Social Workers, delivering 10 different services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.
In her management role Clare was involved in developing national strategic and legislative practice and guidance with various academic, governmental and regulatory, strategic national bodies, such as Department of Health, Community Care Live events, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Working Together Network, Norah Fry Institute, Joseph Rowntree Trust, Parental Mental Health and Child Welfare Network. Clare is also a qualified Practice Assessor for Social Work students.
In 2003 Clare took her facilitator training of the Freedom Programme and set up the first Freedom Programme victims support group in Leicester/Shire, which continued on a rolling programme until 2011 when Clare left that organisation. In 2006 Clare went on to gain further Freedom Programme training and is Licensed to train professionals in the Freedom Programme model. Which she has continued to do, ever since, across the UK and beyond. Training; Social Workers, Family Support Workers, Service Managers, Commissioners, Police Officers, Judges, Teachers, Sexual Violence Workers, IDVA’s, Head Teachers, Locality Managers, Nurses, Psychiatrists, Midwives, Health Visitors, Counsellors, Probation Officers, Early Intervention Workers, Prison Officers, GP’s, Creche/Nursery Workers, Family Support Managers, Safeguarding Managers, Refuge Workers, the list truly is endless.
Because of Clare’s unique wealth of knowledge and expertise on the topic of domestic abuse, she also teaches the Freedom Programme model to Social Work students as part of their degree courses at University’s. With a focus on domestic abuse dynamics, coercive control, what underpins manifested behaviours, as well as Safeguarding and the long term effects on the Children.
Clare is one of 4 Licensed facilitators of the Freedom Programme and has been delivering this training to professionals as noted above locally and nationally since 2006. Clare has also developed various bespoke packages of training looking at working in specific communities or groups such as Children and Young People, LGBT, Faith and Ethnicity groups. These sessions can be as brief or as in depth as requested.
In 2011 Clare successfully set up her own company delivering domestic abuse training & Consultancy to organisations and individuals, private or professional UK wide. Under the banner of Clare Walker Consultancy, Clare has delivered an Effects on the Children one day Conference to professionals as well as the Black & Blue Monologues a Women’s Stand-Up event to raise awareness of domestic abuse, via the media of comedy as part of Leicester Comedy Dave festival. Clare also delivered the 1st Domestic Abuse Conference in Cyprus in 2017. More recently Clare has been working as Expert Witness in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal Courts, assessing clients before their Court Hearings. Clare is also proud to be the Award Winner 2017 for the CPS & HMCTS
- NO MORE victim blaming
- NO MORE colluding with perpetrators
- NO MORE turning a blind eye