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147 John Pizzuro CEO Raven anti child exploitation

147 John Pizzuro CEO Raven anti child exploitation

John is the CEO of Raven, the first and only 501(c)4 group ( social welfare, not for profit )  focused on child exploitation in the United States, John works with lawmakers, advocates, agencies, and organizations who are willing to challenge the status quo and fight to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Prior to that John spent 25 years in the New Jersey State police where John had spent his last six years as The Internet Crimes Against Children Commander where he led a team of 200 investigators. In that capacity John served as Chair of the Outreach Committee, and US representative to INTERPOL. John developed a penchant for neuroscience, understanding social engineering and how criminals lured their victims and in return used those same techniques to lure criminals out of the shadows. John made it is mission to protect the innocent and leveraging partners skillsets in order to accomplish that. John’s Task force arrested over 1500 individuals that preyed on the innocent. John has developed and teaches classes on Cognitive Interviewing. John speaks frequently regarding leading and managing large scale investigations, leadership, online grooming, child exploitation, Human trafficking, social engineering, and how technology has impacted society and their behavior. He has written framework for other countries to develop their own investigative units with best practices. John is certified as a Master Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has an M.A. in Human Resource Development and Training

John and colleagues from Raven addressed Congress this week and talked of how complex and challenging the threats to children are in our communities. check out the link.

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146 Prof. Jonathan Singer, Suicide Prevention Month.

146 Prof. Jonathan Singer, Suicide Prevention Month.


As it’s the start of Suicide Prevention Month there could be no better guest than Professor Jonathan Singer who until recently held a National position in the United States but also has written extensively on the subject of suicide prevention.

All this on top of presenting an award winning podcast for 15 years  

Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW is Professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work, Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology and coauthor of the best-selling text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention. Published by Routledge.

In 2023 NASW named him a Social Work Pioneer for bringing podcasting to social work. He is a two-time winner of the National Association of Social Workers Media Award (2012 and 2016). He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Fordham University, the 2017 Lucille N. Austin Scholar at Columbia University, and the 2018 Distinguished Lecturer at Weber State University.

Dr. Singer is a well-regarded international speaker who has given hundreds of continuing education workshops, keynote addresses, and presentations on youth suicide, ethics, technology, adolescent development and attachment-based family therapy in the USA, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. He is an NASW Expert, Healio Psychiatry Peer Perspective Board member, and has served on several national youth advisory boards including Sandy Hook Promise, JED Foundation, Suicide Prevention Resource Center, and the National Suicide Prevention (988 Suicide & Crisis) Lifeline.

A pioneer in the integration of technology and social work, Dr. Singer is an original member of the online suicide prevention . Founded in January 2007, the Social Work Podcast is the first podcast by and for social workers, with over 50,000 followers on social media, listeners in 208 countries and territories, and over 8 million downloads. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three children and can be found on Twitter as @socworkpodcast and Facebook at

To access excellent resources for Suicide Prevention Month 23 (#SPM23)  the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s two-page guide.  

The second edition of ‘Suicide in Schools’ will be published in the next few months.

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145  Professor Ray Jones

145 Professor Ray Jones

Welcome back. I can’t believe it’s been ten years since the start. So many wonderful guests and content ! Please keep the comments and suggestions coming.

So, what a great start to the new season.`

Dr Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University and St. George’s, University of London, and a registered social worker. He has 50 plus years experience in children’s and adults’ social work and social care as a residential worker, social work practitioner, manager, teacher and researcher. From 1992 to 2006 he was director of social services in Wiltshire (and Swindon). He was the first chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and has been deputy chair and chair of the British Association of Social Workers. From 2008 to 2016 he was professor of social work at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Exeter and at the University of Bath and is an honorary fellow of the University of Gloucestershire. He has led inquiries following the deaths of children and adults, from 2009 to 2013 was the independent chair of Bristol’s Safeguarding Children Board, and from 2010 until 2016, reporting to the children’s minister, oversaw children’s services and child protection improvement in five areas of England. In 2013-2014 he was appointed by the Welsh Assembly to advise on the Welsh Social Services and Well-Being Bill. He has also advised on social services development in Russia and in Slovenia. He is the author of eight books including ‘The Story of Baby P: Setting the Record Straight’, which was published by Policy Press in July 2014, which informed a BBC Television documentary, and with a second edition published in February 2017. ‘In Whose Interest? The Privatisation of Child Protection and Social Work’ was published by Policy Press in December 2018, and his most recent book ‘A History of the Personal Social Services in England’ was published by Palgrave Macmillan in summer 2020 and re-printed in 2021. He is a regular press columnist and media commentator. In 2017 he received the Social Worker of the Year Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Work’, and in 2021 was awarded an honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of  East Anglia. In 2022 he was appointed to undertake the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in Northern Ireland.


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