Deborah Kitson

Ann Craft Trust

Deborah Kitson worked for Nottinghamshire Social Services (1977-1992) as a social worker with children and adults with learning disabilities before being appointed as Implementation Officer for Nottinghamshire Abuse Procedural Guidelines based in the Department of Learning Disabilities at the University of Nottingham. She assisted in the production and revision of the guidelines and is now a consultant for other agencies developing policies and guidelines on sexuality and the protection of people with learning disabilities

Deborah was co-ordinator of the Ann Craft Trust from 1998 and was appointed as the Trust’s Director in February 2002. She has continued to facilitate training on a wide range of associated issues. She represents the Trust on a number of government bodies and contributes to the planning and implementation of new national initiatives. She was also a member of the Steering Group of ‘No Secrets’ and is the external representative on a number of Adult Protection Committees.


  • Kitson, D. (2004) Inquiries into the abuse of people with learning disabilities. In: The Age of the Inquiry. Rowman and Littlefield, Inc, Boulder, pp. 215-230.
  • Kitson, D. & Bailey, G. (2001) Facing the Possibility. ARC, Chesterfield, UK.
  • Kitson, D. & Clawson, R. (2007) Safeguarding children with disabilities in Wilson, K. & James, A. (eds) The Child Protection Handbook. [3rd edition]

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