SafeLives' practice team

The practice team in SafeLives bring together a wealth of domestic abuse and multi-agency experience including housing, health, social care, safeguarding and youth work. We use our knowledge, experience, and research capabilities to support and advise areas in developing a whole family, systems wide approach in preventing and responding to domestic abuse. Key to the success of our work is embedding the voice of survivors and taking an evidenced based approach. We build what we do in areas by understanding in depth what is happening, through both qualitative and quantitative data; identifying opportunities and strengths; then co-creating with key stakeholders’ solutions which are based on what works.


Janine Roderick RGN, Head of Practice 

Janine leads SafeLives’ Public Health Approach programme of work. She has worked as an associate trainer for SafeLives for over twelve years before joining as the Head of Practice in August 2020. Janine started her career as a Registered General Nurse and spent 28 years in the NHS, specialising in sexual and domestic violence. She has led complex services and pioneered public health approaches to violence reduction. Before joining SafeLives, Janine was Programme Director for Public Health and Policing in Wales, pioneering an early intervention approach to vulnerability and responsible for securing a total investment of £8 million to operationalise a public health approach to policing and criminal justice across Wales.  


Melonie Senior, Senior Practice Consultant 

Melonie will provide operational oversight of the project. She has worked in the voluntary and statutory sector for over 25 years in a number of roles with children, young people and families. Melonie has significant experience of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children, and risk management in family contexts. Most recently she worked for Respect, piloting a systems change approach in South Wales. This involved having operational oversight within a large PCC area, whilst developing an early intervention perpetrator programme and training package for non-statutory professionals. 

Melonie has worked with Barnardo’s and Action for Children as a Service Manager as well as within local authorities. Melonie has led on the development of an integrated domestic abuse service that supported survivors, children and perpetrators of domestic abuse. She has experience of quality assurance and all things relating to practice management. Melonie has also managed a CSE, Young Carers and Family Support service and has experience of multi-disciplinary teams working systemically with families. 


Chris Hobbs, Practice Consultant 

Chris is steeped in Whole Family Practice as a way of working. He has worked with young people and families for 20 years across a range of settings including Children’s Social Care, Youth Offending teams, Prison’s and Young Offenders Institutes, Children’s Homes and Youth, Family and Community Centres. Chris has embedded the underpinning values of Trauma Informed Approaches into his practice, and has a background in supporting families with domestic abuse, gang crime, criminal and sexual exploitation, substance misuse, mental health, and dual diagnosis, as well as facilitating training in these areas of expertise, alongside his practice. Chris’ most recent work centred around a DFE funded pilot reducing the number of young people becoming LAC in Liverpool, using a combination of Social Pedagogical responses and Trauma Informed Practice, working with domestic abuse, gun and gang crime, exploited and missing children as priority families. Chris also worked alongside Interface Enterprises facilitating training on a yearlong DFE funded culture change within Cheshire LA to embed Trauma Informed Practice and Motivational Interviewing strategies in their response to local practice across all partnerships.  


Dan Ryan, Practice Consultant 

Dan has worked in the social care sector for almost 20 years. He is the operational Lead for SafeLives’ Beacon Sites. This involves implementing Whole Family Integrated Services into local authorities as well as advising on strategies and local domestic abuse responses and supporting areas to develop their governance and authentic voice offers.   

Prior to working for SafeLives, Dan managed Young People’s Domestic Abuse Services, Family Intervention Projects and has been the CEO of a local charity working with vulnerable families.  


Dawn Munroe Practice Consultant 

Dawn has 25 years experience working in the care sector supporting adults and children, throughout this time she has worked with families who have experienced domestic abuse. As a Social Work Practitioner for a Local Authority she has experience of undertaking safeguarding duties protecting children from harm which included working with the Family Courts to achieve positive outcomes for children who had experienced the damage caused through Child and Domestic Abuse. The last 3 years she has worked as an IDVA Team Leader supporting practitioners in their work including criminal, civil and family court processes 


Lauren Fleckney, Practice Consultant 

Lauren has 12 years’ experience working within the housing sector. During this time Lauren was a front-line housing officer specialising in Adult and Child Safeguarding, Community Safety and Domestic Abuse and is experienced in working in partnership with a wide range of agencies.  

Lauren has been a Designated Safeguarding Lead and worked on a number or projects including the development of a new anti-social behaviour system and creating of policies and procedures for Domestic Abuse.  

Lauren was also the lead for a Complex Cases pilot developing new ways of working with the most high-risk customers.   
Lauren is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  


Lucy Giles, Practice Consultant 

Lucy has worked for SafeLives since 2010 as part of the team delivering the Marac implementation programme, later becoming Marac development officer for the South West and Wales. Her work also includes delivering bespoke work such as developing work around older people and domestic abuse, consultancy work and training. She is currently Programme Lead for Wales for SafeLives and lead for Marac. Before joining SafeLives Lucy set up and managed/directed substance misuse organisations and complex needs services. Lucy brings over 30 years of experience in the social welfare sector, primarily in mental health, homelessness/housing, substance misuse, complex needs and domestic abuse and was previously Chair of the board of trustees for Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Services (SARSAS). Lucy was part of the implementation and set up of this service which was the largest SV service in the West. Lucy also has a MA in ethics of Social welfare.  


Sonia Watts, Practice Consultant  

Sonia has extensive experience in the VAWG sector having worked as an ISVA and ISVA manager for over ten years.  During this time she led specialist practitioners in the response to child and adult survivors of sexual violence, with an emphasis on the criminal justice process.  During this time, Sonia was also designated safeguarding lead for children and adults and holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Child Protection.  The focus of her research was examining policy and organisational responses in Child Protection through a whole systems lens, which echoes SafeLives’ Whole System, Whole Family ethos.  Sonia has worked in partnership with the Police, the CPS and Social Care and many other specialist agencies to enhance the response to survivors.  In addition to her experience as a practitioner, Sonia has also reviewed policies and practice in organisations’ responses to Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding and Sexual Violence and has written and delivered bespoke training to CJS