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Vision & Values

Our vision is simple

To be recognised as the most effective centre for the rehabilitation of young people affected by harmful sexual behaviour. With this goal in mind, we strive to achieve excellence and observe best practice across every aspect of our work.

Our aims are clear

We seek to reduce risk by protecting those in our care and the community from sexual and other forms of abuse.

We aim to provide personalised therapy, a tailored education and a safe and comfortable home life to each young person we care for. We focus on the individual developmental needs of each young person through a programme of specialist, customised and integrated care. Lastly we continually develop our expertise in the treatment of abused young abusers by contributing to research and knowledge in the field.

Our values are strong

we believe we can best achieve our vision by creating an environment where young people can find their voice, recover their confidence and consider the feelings of others. We do this by promoting and upholding principles of openness and equal communication within all our work.

Meet the team

Who We are

Les Glazier

MANAGING DIRECTOR

DipPFS

Les Glazier has been working in Financial Services for over 30 years since leaving full time education.  He joined Lloyds Bank on a Management Development Scheme working for the bank for 7 years ahead of moving into Financial Services with various organisations such as Hogg Robinson Benefit Consultants and Allied Dunbar.  He now has his own Practice which he started 15 years ago. Specialising in Advising in the Care Sector he was asked to join Swaay to oversee the day to day running of the business and its Finances.

Julian Dunn

STRATEGIC DIRECTOR

CQSW, CCETSW Teaching Award, Home Office-Accredited CBT Group Worker

Julian qualified as a Social Worker in 1989 and worked as a Probation Officer in Berkshire for 10 years. He also worked in London for the NSPCC within an offender management team alongside colleagues for the Nation Probation Service where he developed programs for working with young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour. Additionally he completed Home Office accredited training to work with adults that had offended sexually.  He has been associated with the Swaay project since 1991 and with colleagues he helped develop the clinical therapeutic team which he managed since 2001 until being appointed Strategic Director. Julian maintains overall responsibility for the therapeutic program at Swaay as well as the Community Assessment Team undertaking assessments and intervention within the Thames Valley area and beyond.

Ged Berry

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Diploma in Youth & Community Work, NVQ 4 in Childcare, NVQ Assessor

After successfully completing a Diploma in Youth & Community Work Studies in the mid 1980’s Ged went on to work in Centre-Based and Detached Youth Work Projects for both Berkshire & Salford Education Authorities. He joined SWAAY in 1995, initially as Care Manager through to Head of SWAAY. After a change of ownership in 2011 he has since worked as the Operations Director & Responsible Individual. In both Youth & Social Work he has sought to maintain the participation and involvement of Children & Young People in decisions affecting their lives applying the principles of Openness and Equal Communication central to his work.

Sarah Snape

HEADMISTRESS

BA (Hons), PGCE, PGCE Special Education, NPQH

After gaining a BA Honours degree in Psychology and PGCE in Special Education, Sarah began her teaching career in East London before moving to a residential SEBD school in 1994. From there, she headed up a variety of special settings, including a behaviour support service, pupil referral units and a residential special school, all the while developing experience of teaching from Key Stages 1-4 and working closely with educational psychology services. Sarah has a particular interest in developing the social and emotional skills of pupils and believes every child and young person is entitled to a broad and balanced education and as many opportunities in life as possible – values she shares with SWAAY and which contributed to her appointment as SWAAY school headteacher in 2012.

Mette Whittaker

HEAD OF THERAPY

C.Psychol; MSc Forensic Psychology; BSc (Hons) Psychology

Mette is a Chartered and registered Forensic Psychologist and EMDR Therapist. Prior to her work at SWAAY, Mette worked as a support worker for adults with mental health problems, intellectual difficulties, drug dependency and challenging behaviours. She has worked at SWAAY since 2003, in the contexts of residential care and therapy, and has been managing the therapy provision since 2013. She is experienced in facilitating both individual and group therapies and has developed a number of different modules of work specifically for young people who have perpetrated sexual harm. In addition, Mette has overseen the development of several group programmes for this client group, utilising the most recent research and literature in the fields of trauma, attachment and harmful sexual behaviour. She also has experience in conducting both psychometric self-assessments, utilising a number of different assessment tools, and risk assessments. Mette has co-authored two peer reviewed journal articles and a book chapter, presented a number of seminars and workshops in the UK and has assisted in the training programme for volunteers for the Circles of Support and Accountability pilot programme for young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour. Mette is also an external lecturer at the University of Reading where she teaches Forensic Psychology to third year Psychology students and works in independent practice with adolescents, young adults and adults who are experiencing psychological, emotional or behavioural difficulties.
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