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Dr Vivienne Dacre

Programme Leader: Therapeutic Child Care

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Dr Vivienne Dacre

Room: B43


+44 (0) 1978 293181


Vivienne is Senior Lecturer at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, where she is programme leader of the FdA/BA in Therapeutic Child Care. Her teaching interests focus on trauma and attachment, including ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences). She is conference organiser of the annual Therapeutic Child Care conference run each year in partnership with The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities.

Vivienne was previously employed as a qualified social worker for many years and as such has extensive experience of working with children and families. Before joining Wrexham Glyndŵr University she was a senior manager in the private care sector with lead responsibility for therapeutic services.

For a number of years, she worked within a Local Authority Children and Families social work team. As a social worker she has managed a local authority family centre and children’s residential homes. Her practice experience therefore has covered both the investigation of child abuse and therapeutic work with children and adults with a history of trauma.

Professional Doctorate: DHealth in Health and Social Care – University of Wales

MA Therapeutic Child Care – Reading University

CSS – Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work

Practice Teachers Award - CCETSW

BA (Hons) Therapeutic Child Care Level 6 - Leadership and Professional Development; Research Methods; Research in Practice


Fda Therapeutic Child Care Level 4 - Attachment Theory; Child development and Play; Child Sexual Exploitation

Level 5 - Professional Development


BA (Hons) Social Work

Level 4 – Life Course Perspectives

Level 5 – Interpersonal Dispositions


Criminology and Criminal Justice

Level 4 – Attachment and Crime

Level 7 – Attachment Theory and Crime


Vivienne also supervises PhD and ProfDoc students

Her area of research focuses on children who are looked after. Therefore, she is most interested in trauma and attachment informed perspectives including – resilience, stress and coping.