Not just a thought....

Our focus

“We intend to provide advice and support for all young people who desire, or are in need of it. Together we have created a website, variety of short films and augmented reality, to highlight these issues. We strongly feel that this project will be extremely beneficial and successful. Moreover, whether any of these issues relate to you or not, we want you to know overcoming these obstacles is ‘NOT just a thought’…”

Starting a Conversation

Core questions

Learning & Engagement



About Us

This ‘Not Just a Thought…’ communication model has been co-produced with an inspirational group of 75 children and young people who worked with lots of professionals from the NHS, Social Care, Education, Police and the Charitable Sector. We created the model to support practitioners, children and young people to work together, to share their thoughts that will help reduce child abuse. In the spirit of keeping the conversation going, the website is open to all and the language used will be child and young person friendly.

Our Team

Members of the Project Team
Andrew is Consultant in Children’s Emergency Medicine in Manchester and Honorary Professor at Salford University. Andrew is a member of the Board of Directors of M’Lop Tapang in Cambodia and is a Trustee of the SicKids charity in the UK. In 2016 Andrew was awarded the Pol Roger Prize for his Churchill Fellowship report, Living on a Railway Line.
Deana Bates
Deana has worked in the Emergency Department at North Manchester General Hospital for 20 years as a medical secretary and PA to Prof. Andrew Rowland, and is a member of the project team. A key advocate for the rights of children and young people Deana has a particular interest in the project; believing it is vital that the voices of young people are properly heard and that they are given much better opportunities to talk about the things that matter to them.
St Annes RC High School
Donna Peach
Donna is a lecturer in social work and critical social psychologist. She has adored being the project manager of this amazing co-produced communication model. The process has reconfirmed the importance of listening equally to children, young people and practitioners. The learning continues, so do get in touch.
Cristina Vasilica
I am a researcher in digital health at the University of Salford. I am passionate about co-development and public engagement using emerging technologies. My work was recognised with awards, such as innovation champion for best use of social media. I was excited to bounce my “thoughts” to “Not Just A Thought”, whilst learning about abuse and exploitation.
Susan Gunson
Sue Gunson is a nurse with 34 years’ experience in the NHS with 16 years in a senior safeguarding role. Sue’s role on the Not just a thought … project is to ensure that the elements of the project are shared widely as best practice for professionals engaging with children and young people
Catherine White
Dr Catherine White has been a forensic physician since 1995, and Clinical Director for the St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (“SARC”) since 2003. She is a specialist in the treatment of sexual assault and rape victims. She was sponsored by UNICEF and CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre) to provide training in Cambodia and Moldova in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Honoured on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2014 with an OBE for services to Vulnerable People.
Amanda Miller
I qualified as a children’s nurse in 1997 and have worked in a variety of practice settings including children’s A&E and children’s community. I have worked as a Lecturer in CYP Nursing since 2006 and I am the clinical simulation lead for the school. My current PhD research is about the involvement of young people in nurse education and more specifically, simulation.
Kathy Fenton
Web Developer and Owner of Funplace 2b Digital. Kathy has helped develop the website for this fantastic worthwhile project. It has been a really refreshing process working with the young adults x
Eleni Kola
Eleni Kola is currently a postgraduate student in University of Salford. Her academic interests include Databases and Knowledge Management, Operation Research, Advanced Databases Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality and Software Engineering. An internship in Agiltech S.A and her interest in extracurricular activities, such as voluntary work in social awareness for Ethelon, round up her profile.
Tony Long
Tony Long is Professor of Child & Family Health and Director of CYP@Salford: a multi-professional research group focussed on improving outcomes for children and families. His research is in improving quality of life outcomes for survivors of childhood brain tumour; and enhancing the impact of interventions for neglected or abused children.
Ray Mc Morrow
Ray Mc Morrow is the Health Lead at the NWG. He has a background as a nurse in Safeguarding Children and Therapeutic work with young people within the NHS, but more recently as a meber of the NWGs CSE Response Team. He has been a member of the Advisory Panel to the Not Just a Thought Project and facilitated the project engaging with the NWG Youth Advisory Panel
Beci Ward
Beci Ward is a live Illustrator with the ability to bring ideas to life in a short amount of time. She has a strong desire to capture content in the most vibrant and exciting way possible. This lends itself well to working with the NHS due to its intuitive and accessible nature. She is usually to be found surrounded by pens and paper and is at her happiest when this ability is used to inspire and engage others.
Clare Neylon
Hello I’m Clare, I am the Programme Leader for Media and Performance at the University of Salford and a filmmaker and director. I am very excited to be part of this project researching new ways of working in collaboration with inspiring young people to communicate important messages and help raise awareness of abuse and exploitation.
Lisa Cooper
Lisa is passionate about ensuring the voices of children and young people are heard, listened to and acted upon to improve all health services. Lisa is currently the Chair of NHS England’s National Child Sexual Exploitation Sub-Group and Regional Lead for Safeguarding across NHS England North.
Dianne Cook
Dianne is a Lead Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner (APNP) in children’s emergency medicine in Manchester and a trustee of the SicKids charity in the UK. She has been nursing children and young people (CYP) since 1994 both in the community and acute services and is passionate about ensuring that the views & voices of CYP are recognised and heard.

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