Dr Vivienne Dacre

Job Role
Principal Lecturer/Professional Lead - Peripatetic


Vivienne is Principal Lecturer at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, where she is Programme Leader of the FdA/BA in Therapeutic Child Care. Her teaching interests focus on trauma and attachment, including ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences). She is conference organiser of the annual Therapeutic Child Care conference run each year in partnership with The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities.

Vivienne was previously employed as a qualified social worker for many years, and as such has extensive experience of working with children and families. Before joining Wrexham Glyndŵr University, she was a Senior Manager in the private care sector with lead responsibility for therapeutic services.

For a number of years, she worked within a Local Authority Children and Families social work team. As a social worker, she has managed a local authority family centre and children’s residential homes. Her practice experience therefore has covered both the investigation of child abuse and therapeutic work with children and adults with a history of trauma.


Professional Doctorate: DHealth in Health and Social Care – University of Wales

MA Therapeutic Child Care – Reading University

CSS – Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work

Practice Teachers Award - CCETSW


Relationship based work including trauma and attachment theory

Children who are looked after

Stress, coping and resilience

Therapeutic story work


BA (Hons) Therapeutic Child Care Level 6 

Fda Therapeutic Child Care Level 4  

BA (Hons) Social Work 

MA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice


Vivienne also supervises PhD and ProfDoc students.


Dacre, V. (2019), Recovering from Childhood Trauma. In Thompson, N., Cox. G. R. (eds.) ‘Promoting resilience: Adversity, vulnerability, and loss’. London: Routledge.