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I’m the founder of The Children’s Sleep Charity and passionate about supporting families to get a better night’s sleep. I’m a member of the British Sleep Society and involved in a number of research projects in the UK around sleep. I’ve been supporting families with sleep issues for over a decade now. I trained as a teacher and specialised in behaviour management, sleep issues were often mentioned!

I regularly provide expert advice for a number of leading organisations such as The Sleep Council, Contact a Family and the government’s Early Support project. My book that was co-written with Antonia Chitty was published last year ‘Sleep and Your Special Needs Child’.

I know from first hand experience how difficult sleep deprivation can be for a family, as I’m a mum of two wonderful boys. Thankfully both sleep through the night now!

Vicki Dawson

I’m a qualified sleep practitioner and also work within the charity to develop links with key partners.

I have a professional background in the media, where I worked up to the birth of my daughter.

I was also once a sleep deprived mum (for years!) and as I have experienced the impact and isolation this can bring, I am passionate in supporting families so that they feel empowered to make changes to their night time routines. 

Every day is different for me! I work alongside organisations of all sizes to develop sleep information, corporate partnerships and training specific to their requirements, alongside building relationships with companies who would like to work with us on a consultancy basis.

The Children’s Sleep Charity understand that many employers want to support their employees on both a long term basis via embedded family friendly policies, and more directly in times of crisis. Our bespoke support can provide this essential service, not only recognising the vital need for sleep, but also meeting health and safety directives, and productivity goals. We enjoy working alongside commercial and retail partners providing authoritative content and support around sleep products.

Claire Ferreira
Engagement and Development Manager

I have worked with the charity for the past 5 years and have a history of helping with a diverse range of clients as a practitioner - from sports people to families. I also work closely with companies to develop sleep products, services and environment, that give good quality sleep.


I was an insomniac and I struggled to solve my own problem. My situation was made worse by the fact that I was the third generation of my family to be involved with sleep products. It was embarrassing at times; I sold products that helped people sleep better but looked like I didn’t sleep! The journey I took to solve my problem helps me understand what the parents and children we work with are going through.


Within the charity I am leading a revolutionary Teen Sleep project which has been funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, I help to deliver our CPD certified Sleep Practitioner Training and I advise parents on products and the sleep environment based on my work with some if the UK’s leading sleep product manufacturers and hotels.


James Wilson
Sleep Practitioner and Sleep Environment Expert

I have been a fully trained Sleep Practitioner specialising in children with additional needs for 8 years, but I have spent my entire working life supporting children and adults with disabilities. Alongside Carol, I have co-developed, and I am in my 3rd year of delivering the Sleep Success Project in Doncaster, funded by Doncaster CCG. I have also delivered similar projects in North East Lincolnshire, East Lindsey and Hull and I am part of the team working in co-production with The Family Fund on their Sleep Support Service. I enjoy being part of the team helping to train new Sleep Practitioners.

Having a severely disabled son who overcame his sleep issues by using our cognitive behavioural therapy approach, I feel passionate about supporting families.

Alongside my work in sleep I love to swim, and recently completed the fantastic (but chilly) Great North Swim at Lake Windermere.

Claire Earley
Sleep Practitioner

After being employed in a role supporting parents of children with disabilities, I trained as a Sleep Practitioner 5 years ago specialising in children with additional needs. Alongside Claire Earley, I have co-developed, and I am in the third year of, delivering the Sleep Success Project in Doncaster funded by Doncaster CCG. I have also delivered similar projects in North East Lincolnshire, East Lindsey and Hull, and I am also part of the team co-producing the Sleep Support Service with The Family Fund. I also enjoy being part of the team who deliver training to new Sleep Practitioners from all across the country.

As the mum of a severely disabled young man who experienced his own sleep struggles, I can empathise with parents and families looking for help in resolving their own. 





Carol Batchelor
Sleep Practitioner

I have an extensive background in supporting families when the child has an additional need.  I was delighted to lead the pilot project for children with autism and sleep issues which was funded by NHS England.  I am now continuing to build on this and to offer support to families nationally travel the country delivering Sleep Success training and have recently spending a lot of time in Wales, having been commissioned to deliver ten workshops to CAHMS teams.  

I have supported families with children with significant additional needs for nearly 30 years. For the last 12 years I managed the Portage Service in the North of our County. I am also a Signalong tutor. I like to be busy!

I am, in addition to the above, a mother to four children. To have a smooth running bedtime is essential for maintenance of my sanity. It also means my husband has an easier time on taking charge when I am away working; essential for his sanity!

Helen Rutherford
Sleep Practitioner

I absolutely love working for The Children's Sleep Charity providing Finance and Administrative support. No one day is the same and it's so rewarding seeing the life changing stories coming in from parents. 

I especially enjoyed recently working on the project for NHS England when we ran a group of sleep workshops for families of ASD children. I love supporting this great team and dealing with a wide variety of enquiries from practitioners and parents as it makes for a really interesting role.

My background previously is in Project Management within the Cable TV and Telecoms industry as well as running my own online business selling children's play equipment within hospitals, doctors surgeries and many private sector companies. I'm a mum to 2 awesome young teens, a member of our local Rock choir and I'm often found in muddy fields enjoying a good festival or concert.

Kim Larrad-Tye