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I am the Founder and CEO of The Children’s Sleep Charity and passionate about supporting families to get a better night’s sleep.  I am on the Board of the British Paediatric Sleep Association as Lead for Sleep Practitioners.  I’m also a member of the British Sleep Society and involved in a number of research projects in the UK around sleep.  I lecture at a number of universities to Post Graduate Medical students and was honoured to be awarded the Duke of York’s ‘Outstanding Leadership Award’ in 2017

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’ve been supporting families with sleep issues for over a decade now. I trained as a teacher and specialised in behaviour management and sleep issues were often mentioned.

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

My role has so many different elements that every day is different which keeps me on my toes. I can be in the office taking care of administration, answering telephone calls and fielding emails. I am also a trained Sleep Practitioner, so I can sometimes find myself in different cities hosting stands at exhibitions, meeting families and delivering training and talks.  The best part for me is talking to a family, really listening to them and being able to offer them some support. It is an amazing team that we have, and I am very proud to be a part of it. For me this is not just a job but something I can’t wait to get started on every day.


I was thrilled to be able to go along to Westminster with the rest of the team to launch our Manifesto, and hope that this will begin to bring the subject of sleep to the forefront. Winning the Duke of York Community Initiative Award was a real highlight for me and all the team. On a personal level, being given the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills with such a supportive team has been amazing!


 In my free time I love pottering around in the garden, looking after our fish pond and feeding the birds. We also have a dog that we enjoy taking on walks to the countryside and seaside. When at home I can often be found curled up with a good book.


Lauren Slack
Information Officer & Sleep Practitioner

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

For over 15 years I've predominantly worked within corporate finance functions. Being the finance officer at T.he CHildren's Sleep Charity is both extremely refreshing and rewarding. It's great to be part of a small but growing team, everyday bringing different challenges yet we strive and share a common goal to improve the lives of as many families as possible.


Having spent the last 9 years being a 100% home based mum of 2 fabulous children my life is now split between part time finance officer supporting the amazing work being done by T.C.S.C with school runs, swimming lessons and rugby practises. My work / home life balance couldnt be more fulfilling.

Nicola Whittaker
Finance Officer