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TDI (The Derwent Initiative)

First as Chair since its creation in 1991, then since 2006 as CEO, Deborah has run this small national independent charity based in Newcastle which aims to reduce the risk of sexual offending.  

Set up after the enquiry into the Cleveland child abuse cases of the early 90s, TDI promotes a pragmatic, partnership-based approach to risk reduction, creating and operating public protection schemes, most notably Leisurewatch, which has trained more than 15000 lay people working in public spaces to spot patterns of potentially dangerous behaviour; provided specialist training to workers in prisons, housing and care organisations, and carried out research and consultancy through a team of associates.  Projects have included developing work to manage risk in hotels related to sex work and sexual exploitation; writing training for cathedrals, and delivering training for organisations housing the victims of modern slavery.   Deborah commits one day a week to TDI pro bono as CEO. 

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