About Us

The Background to our Service

shutterstock_172286879 (Large)Families Feeling Safe Protective Behaviours Service was formed by Fiona Benjamin and Dave Austin in February 2014. Our service continues and builds upon the Protective Behaviours services that had been run in Hertfordshire by Action for Children, and managed by Fiona since 2003.

Fiona and Dave met in 1998 at a Protective Behaviours training course. They both became Protective Behaviour trainers in 2000 and in 2007 began working together to create the Families Feeling Safe Protective Behaviours Programme for Mums, Dads and Carers which was published in 2011. The programme grew out of the Protective Behaviours based parenting work that Fiona was doing in Hertfordshire and Dave was doing in Bedfordshire.

Fiona and Dave’s inspiration and passion for Protective Behaviours has led to the development of further Protective Behaviours based programmes, training and a service to deliver them which has grown by working in partnership with a range of organisations with funding from local authorities, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), national children’s charities, schools and individual settings.

“Their knowledge experience and passion is evident in what they do” (Course participant)

“This service has a fantastic track record of delivering what they said they would do” (Commissioner of services)

“Families Feeling Safe, Protective Behaviours Service delivered over and above what they were commissioned to do.” (Commissioner of services)