We gained our experience from treating and managing problematic sexual behaviours in the Probation Service, and this helped us achieve our reputation as excellent and non-judgemental practioners, Our focus now, in Safer Lives, is on helping clients to achieve and maintain healthy sexual thoughts and behaviours, whilst remaining free of shame and stigma.
Jenny is a specialist in the treatment of harmful sexual behaviours. She worked as a Probation Officer for nine years with a specialism in sexual offences. Jenny went on to become the treatment coordinator for the Probation Sex Offender Treatment Programmes across West Yorkshire. In 2013 Jenny moved to the Youth Offending Service and was the specialist in working with young people with problematic sexual behaviours. She has consistently worked as a trainer and consultant to staff, and other agencies who support these individuals and their families.
Jenny is trained to carry out AIM and AIM2 assessments which she does for a number of local authorities.
Perhaps most importantly, Jenny is a compassionate and caring individual who understands the shame many of her clients feel. With Andy and Rita, she established Safer Lives as an agency that gives guidance to those in crisis whilst ensuring risk to the individual and others is appropriately managed.
Jenny has been co-director of Safer Lives since 2014.
Andy has extensive experience from his careers in industry, prisons, and 18 years as a highly and widely respected Probation Officer. Andy was regional trainer in how to work effectively with life sentenced prisoners and a specialist in the re-integration and resettlement of those who had committed serious sexual offences. He is also highly respected and experienced as an assessor and report writer for the Courts and Parole Board on sexual offence cases.
Andy leads our work in the North West. He is passionate about giving people the opportunity and help to make changes, and works with a solution focused approach.
Trained in OASys, RM2000, ARMS and SARA, Andy holds a Diploma in Probation Studies and Post-graduate Certificate in Education for adults, and has been co-director of Safer Lives since 2014.
Rita Ashford - Associate & Consultant
Rita has recently retired from the National Probation Service in West Yorkshire. After developing a specialism working with sexual offenders, she became the Treatment Manager supervising and guiding other staff in doing this work. As an exceptional trainer and groupworker, Rita has worked nationally training Probation staff to work effectively and compassionately with sexual offenders. In 2012 Rita was invited by the National Offender Management Service to help develop new treatment programmes and has frequently contributed to steering groups in the field.Due to her knowledge, warmth and approachable style, Rita remains the go-to person for guidance about working with harmful sexual behaviours in Yorkshire and Humberside. Trained in OASys, SARN, RM2000 and ARMS, Rita holds a Diploma in Social Work, and was an original founder of Safer Lives in 2014. She now works as an associate, and as a consultant to the directors.
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