Author and speaker Yvonne Ellis visited our Chelsea Centre last week (Thurs 6 February) to give a talk to students studying on the Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Yvonne spoke about her personal and professional experiences of child abuse, describing the stigma, secrecy and shame that surrounds sexual abuse and how communities can come together to help victims find their voice.

The talk was set up to complement learning in the course’s module ‘Ethical Practice, Child Protection and Safeguarding Children.’

Yvonne’s visit was well received by the group.

Student Chandelle Forsythe said, “This talk from Yvonne enlightened me to changes in government systems to support safeguarding practitioners. Having someone sharing such a powerful testimony has shown me what I need to do as an Early Years practitioner.”

Fellow student Shenae Hansel added, “Yvonne has been very insightful, sharing her story. It has helped me understand on a deeper level, the impact that abuse can have and what we can do as professionals to better our practice.”

In 2010 Yvonne published her autobiography, ‘Daughters Arise’, and later founded a charity of the same name, that helps support survivors of sexual abuse. This is her fourth visit to address Early Years students here and the college is very grateful for her ongoing support.

Learn more about our Foundation Degree in Early Years course here