We are grateful to have the support of our Honorary President and Patrons.

Honorary President of Carefree Kids

Lord David Ramsbotham

Lord Ramsbotham was Chief Inspector of Prisons (England and Wales) and is still involved with several organisations aiming to support the welfare and mental health of prisoners and ex-prisoners.

Carefree Kids Patrons

Sir Richard Bowlby

Son of psychoanalyst John Bowlby, Richard retired from his medical photography career to continue to research the importance of attachment in early childhood and to widely publicise his findings. He has given talks at Carefree Kids conferences and meetings.

John Cryer MP

John is a former journalist and now Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead. He is an active supporter of local community groups.

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

Iain Duncan Smith, Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green, is founder of the Centre for Social Justice, Secretary of State for work and Pensions and co-author with Labour MP Graham Allen of the report Early Intervention: Good Parents, Great Kids, Better Citizens.

Jean Lambert MEP

Jean is the Green Party member of the European Parliament for London, lives in Waltham Forest and is a former teacher in the borough. She is the Greens’ representative on the European Parliament’s Children’s Alliance, which aims to coordinate policy concerning children at European Union level.

Sue Palmer

Sue has been head teacher of a primary school. Her books include Toxic Childhood: How modern life is damaging our children and what we can do about it and Detoxifying Childhood, as well as books specifically about today’s boys (21st Century Boys) and girls. Sue gave a speech at one of our conferences.

Professor Sami Timimi

Sami is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and trainer based in Lincolnshire. He is the author of several books including A Straight Talking Introduction to Children’s Mental Health Problems.

Patrons of ‘Before Becoming a Parent’

Dr Clare Gates

Clare is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Her special interests include infant mental health and the clinical applications of attachment theory. She has pioneered an eight week course for vulnerable young people about parenting, based on the American model ‘Circles of Security’.

Sue Gerhardt

Sue’s books, Why Love Matters: how affection shapes a baby’s brain and The Selfish Society: how we all forgot to love one another and made money instead have become celebrated modern classics. She is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in Oxford and co-founder of OXPIP which provides therapeutic help for mothers and babies.