John Cross

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John Cross has been closely involved in the work and development of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust for many years, having become a Trustee in 1976. He served as the Trust's Executive Director for some 20 years, stepping down from this role in July 2011. John trained as a psychotherapist and teacher. He began his professional career in residential work with emotionally deprived and disturbed children and young people at Bodenham Manor School with David Wills. Following a period as deputy head of the Nottingham Boys Remand Home, he became head of the Liverpool Children's Observation and Assessment Centre. In 1965 he was co-founder and appointed Principal of a therapeutic community for both boys and girls. For over forty years he has served on the Council of the AWMC, now SEBDA (Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association), formerly being its General Secretary, and is now Vice President. He is a Consultant in the residential treatment of emotionally and psychologically damaged and deprived children and young people. Alongside his work and involvement with children with special needs, he has a lifetime interest in penal affairs. As a Quaker, he served on the Friends' Penal Affairs Committee, and was co-author of the ground-breaking monograph "Six Quakers Look at Crime and Punishment". For many years he served as a magistrate, and in this capacity was a Chairman of both the Youth and Family Courts, and Vice Chairman of the Gloucestershire Probation Committee. John was a member of the founding group of Young Minds, serving on its first management committee, and currently is a member of the Policy and Strategy Advisory Group. He was a founding member of the Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities and until recently a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Therapeutic Communities. He is also a member of the Community of Communities Children and Young Persons' Advisory Group, and serves as the Treasurer for the Child Care History Network.