Dr Heather Welfare BSc (Hons) MSc PhD C.Psychol CSci AFPBsS

Heather is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist with Category A, B, C, D, YOI and Community based experience with adult and adolescent offenders. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a full member of the Division of Forensic Psychology and a Chartered Scientist.

While working as Clinical Lead for Psychological Services in a young people's prison, Heather began a Research Doctorate, which was completed in 2011. The research related to addressing the particular needs of indeterminate and long-term sentenced young people and focussed on the traumatic effect of committing violence for young people who are already traumatised by adverse life events at the point of offending. At this time, Heather was also the East of England Research Lead for HM Prison Service.

Heather has worked for a number of years as the Clinical Lead for Psychological Services in a large Category C establishment and had significant input into the embedding of a high intensity domestic abuse programme into successful service delivery within this and one other establishment. She has also been the Clinical Lead on a number of other violence programmes within custody. This role included responsibility for a large staff team including sub-contractors.

Heather is a Registered Practice Supervisor with the British Psychological Society and has supervised numerous Forensic Psychologists in training on their route towards Chartership.

More recently, Heather has been working in a community setting, supervising a Multi-Systemic therapy team working intensively in an evidence-based treatment programme with the families of young people presenting with offending and other antisocial behaviours that put them at risk of custody or care. Heather has worked extensively with a number of key stakeholders in the community: MAPPA; Police; Social Care; Youth Offending Services; Health and Education.

Heather has substantial experience of completing risk and need assessments in relation to domestic abuse, general violence and more recently, sexual offending, for both adults and young people and has supervised others in their risk assessment and report writing. Heather is also trained in the administration of a number of other assessment tools for use with adults and adolescents. She is an experienced trainer in relation to domestic abuse and stalking as well as the risk assessment tools linked to these areas.