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Pioneering work of Dorset-based charity shared by CEO Simone at international symposium in Taiwan

Simone Gosden, CEO, ACTS FAST, delivering her presentation in Taiwan.

By Andrew Diprose [email protected]

Published: June 18, 2024 | Updated: 17th June 2024

An international symposium in Taiwan has heard about the pioneering work of a Dorset-based charity.

Simone Gosden, CEO of ACTS FAST, was among the speakers at the event hosted by the Taiwan Fund for Children and Families.

Speakers from across the globe came together to share their best practice for trauma informed support for families.

ACTS FAST works nationally supporting families impacted by Child Sexual Abuse.

The symposium – called ‘Exploring Family Support and Parenting Policies from a Well-being Perspective’ – was held in Taipei, Taiwan.

Eighteen speakers from six different countries shared research and best practice from their area of expertise.

They ranged from exploring how individual countries meet their pledges to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to how judicial interviews impact child protection work and family rehabilitation.

Simone’s presentation focused on the work of ACTS FAST and how the charity’s therapeutic approach and new model of working is supporting parents to lead in their children’s recovery from abuse.

She also joined a panel discussion, taking questions from other delegates and discussing how best to support families impacted by abuse.

Simone said ‘I was honoured to be invited to speak at such a prestigious event bringing together academics and practitioners from around the world, each leading in their fields using progressive approaches to support families impacted by trauma.

“I’m really proud of the work of ACTS FAST.

“With so many support services in the UK stretched beyond capacity, children and their families do not always receive the support they deserve.

“ACTS FAST takes a different approach, we support parents to help them lead in the care and recovery of their children.

“Taiwan Fund for Children and Families organised this incredible symposium which brought a fresh and innovative approach to this work.”

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