Tink Palmer has worked with children and their families for the past forty-three years. In the past thirty years she has specialised in child sexual abuse and is an experienced clinical and forensic practitioner, manager, trainer, policy maker and strategist.
Tink first began working with children abused via the new technology in 1999 and has since developed a professional interest and expertise in this area – particularly regarding the forensic and recovery needs of the children and young people. Tink has written widely on the issue of harm to children online and participates in international dialogue in an endeavour to improve the service response for all children harmed in this way.
Tink is a member of numerous government steering groups, committees and boards that aim to raise public awareness, to improve service provision and to ensure that best practice ensues on a national and international basis. Examples of these are
- A member of the National Police Chiefs’ Council CPAI Group – commencing 2014
- Member of the Advisory Board for the UK Safer Internet Centre(SIC)
- Member of the HMIC External Reference Group wef September 2013
- Panel member for the Deputy Children’s Commissioner’s Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse – commencing April 2014
- A Panel member of the National Police Chiefs’ Council CSE Support Group – commencing 2014
- A Panel member of the National Police Chiefs’ Council Steering Group for Operation Hydrant – commencing 2014
In 2014 Tink was appointed to the post of Visiting Professor of Child Protection by the University of Suffolk
In 2017 she was awarded an MBE for founding the Marie Collins Foundation and for her services to sexually abused children over a number of decades.