our associates

Each of our associates has years of excellence in practice, using the theory and research that underpins our training and consultancy to inform their own work.

They come from a variety of backgrounds: foster care, early years, teaching, therapy, social work, psychology, health and justice. Many of them have moved between disciplines, as their interests have taken them in different directions. What they all offer is a wealth of practical experience, both in direct work with vulnerable people, and in sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others.

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Interested in becoming an associate?

If you have a commitment to sharing transformative knowledge with those who work with children and families, and experience of training or consultancy as well as direct work, then becoming an associate with KCA may appeal.

For more information or to express your interest, please contact us. We will then review your CV, discuss your experience and explore the potential for working together.

Chris Stanway

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Chris worked for thirty-two years in a state secondary school in an area with high levels of social deprivation on the south coast of England. Choosing to live in the local area, Chris recognised the important role the school and its staff played in that community. Having progressed through a number of roles within the school including SENCO, she established the role of Designated Teacher for Looked After Children shortly after the role was first identified by non-statutory guidance in 2000. As an Assistant Headteacher, she established and ran an inclusion unit within the mainstream school.

Together with Kate Cairns, Chris wrote Learn the Child – Helping Looked After Children to Learn, published by BAAF in 2004, which set out a knowledge base about the nature and effects of trauma on the development of children and the devastating effects this can have on their ability to learn. In more recent times Chris has been involved in developing qualifications for the children's workforce, including the level 5 BTEC 'Strategic development for designated teachers'. She now works as an independent consultant producing materials specifically focused on developing the education workforce.

Finding positive ways of working with children who find life and learning in school difficult remains Chris's prime motivator.

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