Tim Kelly MSW RSW has worked with abusive men since 1986 and is Executive Director of Changing Ways, a social service agency for men who abuse women in Ontario.
Tim has spoken both nationally and internationally on issues related to violence against women and children and community collaborations. Much of his efforts have included engaging men to end violence against women and children. He has collaborated with women’s advocates and child protection leaders to develop programs and processes to engage and hold men who perpetrate gender based violence responsible for their actions and systems accountable for change.
Dr. Katreena Scott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Family Violence Prevention and Intervention.
Dr. Scott is recognized internationally for her intervention work with abusive fathers and nationally for her research on effective interventions for intimate partner violence. She has authored over 40 articles and book chapters on the development of violent relationships, the efficacy of service to male batterers, the effect of abuse and trauma on children, and on empirically and ethically sound policies for working with abuse perpetrators.
Rick’s involvement in the not-for-profit sector spans 18 years, at both operational and governance levels, providing business management expertise that ensures accountability, sustainability and clarity to funders & community.
Rick’s strong passion for ensuring sustainability of community-based social services that support marginalized or underserved people, drives his need to fully understand not just the numbers, but the program model, required inputs and desired outcomes; thereby, allowing him to provide a more fulsome approach to his strategies, systems and practices that support the mission of an organization.
Accredited Trainer (International)
Sarah Webb MSW RSW currently works with Caring Dads as the Community Manager as well as an Accredited Trainer/Facilitator. Previously, Sarah worked 15 years in the Child Welfare system as a Child Protection Worker. While working in child welfare Sarah worked on a specialized Domestic Violence Team conducting child protection investigations and worked closely with the Violence Against Women sector.
Sarah also provides private counselling to men who have been involved with the criminal system and child welfare system. Sarah’s private work follows the Caring Dads principles and goals.
Damian Green (Australia)
Damian Green is an experienced facilitator, trainer and supervisor in the areas of violent offending, working with men and fathering, and policy and research. Damian is currently CEO of Stopping Family Violence (SFV), a national Peak Body for perpetrator response, and through this role is committed to ending violence against women and children through increased perpetrator accountability and intervention. Damian is also the Chairperson at Starick, an organisation that provides support services to women and children affected by FDV, a White Ribbon Ambassador and state committee member, and a member of the National Fatherhood Project Expert Reference Group.
Elaine Gaskell-Mew (UK)
Elaine is a qualified social worker and lecturer in higher education. She worked for 25 years in the probation service in London (England) specialising in group work with perpetrators of domestic abuse. She lectured in Social Work at Kingston University for 8 years before returning recently to front-line practice. Elaine is currently manager of the Outreach Team at St Michaels Fellowship, a long-established charity working with young parents in South East London. From there she is also running Caring Dads groups for men of all ages and training and supporting new Caring Dads facilitators in other London boroughs.
Dermot Brady (UK / Europe)
Dermot Brady qualified as a social worker in 1994. He is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Kingston and St. George’s University of London, specialising in post-graduate social work education. Dermot is a Practice Educator and Assessor and has managed placements in a range of settings. He has worked as a frontline practitioner and manager and has a particular interest in working with men, fathering and domestic abuse. Prior to joining Kingston he was part of a team that developed a Community Interest Company, RISE, which successfully spun out of the London Community Rehabilitation Company. Current work involved research on a pilot to help young people exit gangs and a programme developing practice guidance, training and teaching around honour based violence, forced marriage, FGM and harmful traditional practices.
Monique Yeoman (Australia)
Social Work trained, Monique spent 10 years working in the Child Protection field in both New Zealand and Victoria, Australia, working with families and community partners towards the safeguarding of vulnerable children prior to moving into the community services sector in 2015. There, she initially worked in and contributed to the implementation of a large scale state funded trial delivering client services in a multidisciplinary, client led framework.
Currently Monique is the state wide coordinator for the state funded Caring Dads trial in Victoria, Australia and is employed by Kids First Australia. Kids First is a non-government organisation working with children and families across a range of services from the primary prevention, through to the tertiary intervention space.
Alongside supporting the operational and clinical implementation of the Caring Dads program across the three Victorian sites, Monique maintains her clinical practice via ongoing facilitation of the Caring Dads program curriculum.
Fiona Edwards (Australia)
Fiona is a Social Worker with additional training in psychology and family therapy. She has 14 years’ experience in supporting vulnerable children and their families, having held leadership positions within both Child Protection and community sector. In 2015 Fiona joined Kids First, a non-government organisation committed to providing supportive interventions for children and families with wide ranging needs.
In 2016 Fiona participated in the implementation of the Victorian trial of the Caring Dads program led by Kids First, co-facilitating the Australian pilot of the program and subsequent groups with clinical support of the program’s creators Katreena Scott and Tim Kelly while working to embed the program within the service landscape in North East Melbourne.
Fiona is currently Team Leader for Caring Dads in North East Melbourne, providing operational and clinical support to program staff delivering groupwork to fathers and women’s contact, as well as regularly facilitating groups.
Matthew Tattersley (UK)
Linda Stevenson (UK)
Carina Corradi (Spanish Language)
Nathalie Grenier (French Language)
Caring Dads is a program with the primary aim of enhancing the safety and well-being of children. Furthermore, we recognize that children's safety and well- being is integrally connected to the safety of their mothers. We therefore believe that it is impossible to responsibly address parenting without simultaneously addressing men’s abusive actions towards children’s mothers.
We work towards ensuring that our interventions to end family violence place appropriate responsibility on fathers to keep their children safe, and we use a gendered lens in our understanding of the impact of men’s violence in intimate relationships.
We understand that for the abusive, neglectful, domestically violent and high-risk fathers entering our service, the need to enhance child-centred fathering takes precedence over teaching child management skills.
We commit to working together across agencies and sectors to ensure that Caring Dads complements and enhances existing efforts to end men’s use of violence in their families. We further commit to work collaboratively in active partnerships with other professionals involved in men’s families to share information, monitor changing levels of risk levels, and address escalation as quickly and efficiently as possible.
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At Caring Dads we’re always on the lookout for talented individuals that share our commitment to making a difference to our women and children by helping fathers to become better parents and partners.. You can check out our current openings on our Careers page. If you don’t see an opening, please don’t hesitate to send us your resume and a cover letter to email@example.com