About Us

Under Christine Christie’s leadership, Chanon Consulting provides evaluation, innovative support and improvement solutions for children’s and adults’ health and social care/safeguarding. Christine works with a multi-disciplinary team of associates to deliver services focused on community safety, domestic abuse, and public health and wellbeing.

We are experienced and happy working in the public, or voluntary or private sectors – at local, regional and national levels. We are discreet, experienced, flexible and good value for money.

Chanon Consulting can deliver intense emergency responses as well as longer term, strategic input.

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Dr Christine Christie

Christine’s expertise combines therapeutic and safeguarding experience with economic and financial expertise. She has worked in children and families social care, in Violence Against Women and Girls strategy, in central and local government and in the voluntary sector. She has been an independent, multi-agency safeguarding children and adults consultant for ten years.

Christine has direct experience of working with vulnerable children and adults; with a strong focus on rehabilitation from trauma (the subject of her doctoral thesis). Christine brings a critical understanding of the impact on safeguarding service delivery, of inter- and intra-agency systemic, cultural, political and resourcing pressures. She is an expert in developing/applying Theories of Change in relation to public health and safeguarding services. She is skilled at translating the need for good outcomes – as expressed by children and their families; frontline workers and their managers – into innovative strategic and operational solutions which also address the demands on service commissioners and providers.

Claire Rigby

Claire has over 25 years of project management experience from private, statutory and charitable sectors. Her special interest and expertise is in adolescent mental health. As a senior manager in a large NHS mental health trust, Claire manages individually funded projects with conflicting thresholds, performance indicators and budgetary pressures. She is skilled at identifying and interrogating structural and systemic service delivery issues and driving a change management agenda to address them. In her view multi-agency collaboration is essential.

Claire has many years of direct experience supporting vulnerable children and adults using various tried and tested models; she has been a ‘service user champion’ within several organisations. Following from this she is skilled at facilitating co-production of services with service users – assisting leaders, policy makers and commissioners to translate the voice of the service user into service delivery effectively. Most recently her focus has been promoting engagement and collaboration of those people who do not usually engage with public services.

Dr Paul Patterson

Paul’s background is in applied psychological research with a major focus on earlier targeted clinical and educational interventions to prevent or reduce severe mental health difficulties – particularly for vulnerable young people. He currently holds a post in a well-known English university; and has an advisory role with a large NHS mental health trust.

Paul’s research interests include the role of childhood adversity, loss and general risk and resilience factors related to mental health; and, following from that, how to build emotional resilience in children. Paul’s recent focus has been on the role digital resources can play in supporting children to become more resilient.

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in developing innovative practices in mental health service design and delivery. He works with service users, key stakeholder groups (local and central government, the NHS, the police and the voluntary and community sector), as well as, clinical and academic colleagues to expand the evidence base, improve staff training and raise awareness of best practice in service development.

Trisha Christie-Kelly

Trisha has recently retired from a post as Senior Lecturer in Social Work at a well-known English university. Her special interest is in Violence Against Women and Girls; in particular the impact and service solutions aimed at addressing domestic abuse both in terms of victim/survivors and youth and adult perpetrators.

She is a qualified social worker with 20 years’ direct experience with service users in prison and community probation; and a further ten years committed to improving quality and outcomes within children’s and adult’s social care. Trisha has a proven track record in designing and delivering safeguarding training in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Trisha has specialist expertise in children and young people experiencing domestic abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. Her particular research interest is in sexual violence’s against women and girls.

Carol Horlock

Carol is an experienced Assistant Principal and designated safeguarding lead for an ‘Outstanding’ sixth form college.  She oversees many management and pastoral functions including counselling, learning and study support, careers and progression, discipline and welfare; as well having special responsibility for the development, mental health and safeguarding of the young people in the college.  Her recent MSc Psychology dissertation examined the lived experiences of late adolescents throughout the Covid pandemic. This reflects Carol’s commitment to the use of high quality research evidence to inform activity which promotes positive outcomes for young people.

Carol came to teaching after a career in personnel management. She has helped shepherd students, parents and staff through curriculum changes, advances in communication technology and the ever-increasing requirements for safeguarding and mental health.  Carol’s practice is underpinned by the most recent advances in the study of adolescent brain development – as applied to young people’s mental health, parenting and education.  She is skilled in effective communication with young people, parents and the professional networks which support them. She is able to quickly build trust and positive working relationships with young people dealing with a range of traumatic experiences.  She is also an engaging, effective and skilled presenter to large audiences.