WillisPalmer is continuing to provide our expert social work and psychological services during lockdown. We are utilising technology alongside safe working practices in line with government guidance to enable us to continue supporting vulnerable children and families.

Call 01206 878178 to discuss your requirements.
Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Stephen Gray

WP-Risk is managed by Stephen Gray
Stephen Gray 1

WP-Risk is managed by Stephen Gray who has extensive experience in the public and private sector in the areas of forensic risk, in respect of both assessment and intervention.

Between 2006 and 2012 Stephen Gray was Chief Executive and Founder of Oracle Care, a national therapeutic residential and educational resource for young people who present sexually harmful behaviours.   Since then he has worked as a consultant to a range of social services, health authorities and public protection agencies in devising and revising policy, advising on risk management strategies for complex risk-related scenarios in cases of sexual abuse.

Stephen Gray has been commissioned by local authorities to undertake structured forensic risk assessments and risk reduction interventions with adolescents and adults of both genders who are viewed as displaying risks of sexual abuse, physical violence and fire setting behaviours. This work often requires applying a systemic approach offering therapeutic interventions to enable family members and victims enhance their coping skills and capacity to maintain safe protective boundaries. Family work has often involved restorative processes and therapeutic interventions to resume contact and rehabilitation.

Stephen is regularly commissioned to assess complex cases, high profile scenarios which require evidence-based formulation to make defensible risk-related decisions. Stephen takes a lead role in the coordination of multi-agency case management during this process. Stephen has retained an interest in organisational analyses and change management regularly advising or mentoring senior management teams to develop their skills and practice. For several years, Stephen has been involved in training social workers, psychologists and managers in the aetiology, assessment and interventions relating to various conduct disordered behaviours. This has included speaking at national conferences and teaching on post-graduate degrees at Salford University and other institutions.

Stephen has undertaken a diverse range of leadership roles that have incorporated clinical and social work practice at senior levels. He has a strong interest in creating, changing and improving people-focussed organisations.

Stephen has always sought to enhance my professional competence through a range of applied academic studies and self-directed research.  I hold a professional qualification in cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. In addition to this Stephen's post-graduate qualification in forensic behavioural science was linked to the advancement of his clinical practice.

Throughout Stephen's career, he has used his extensive experience as a consultant to assist Social Services, Health Authorities and Public Protection Agencies in devising/revising policy, designing organisational environments and advising on the Risk Management strategies for complex, at times politically sensitive risk-related scenarios in community, educational and residential settings.

Attend a training course

Sign up for one of our many high quality training courses for professionals working with children and families.
Book Now

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

Practice guidelines to accompany legislative changes on siblings in care


CELCIS is seeking views to feed into practice guidelines which will accompany some legislative changes to uphold the rights and meet the needs of brothers and sisters with care experience.

Changes are being made to Section 13 of the Children (Scotland) 2020 Act, and the Looked After Children (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 and most of these [...]

Read Full Story

Working households no guarantee for lifting families out of poverty


Having an adult in the household in paid work is not sufficient to raise some families out of child poverty in Scotland, official statistics have shown.

While the risk of poverty is much lower for children where someone in the household is in paid work compared to those in workless households, not all work pays enough [...]

Read Full Story

£280 million boost for SEND provision


The government has announced £280 million funding for special educational needs and disabilities provision.

The funding will be allocated to local authorities to enable them to create new places in early years settings, schools, academies and colleges. The funding can be used to contribute to the cost of creating a whole new special school, or by [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram