Karen Livesey is a qualified teacher, youth worker and experienced trainer. She began her professional career as a Primary School teacher in London before becoming a Senior Youth Worker and Advanced Practitioner for Lancashire Youth and Community Service. A management post she held for 26 years. With increasing issues identified in child sexual and criminal exploitation, Karen pursued specialist training in child sexual exploitation, safeguarding, modern day slavery and sexual health. She completed Advanced training in Sexual health, Advanced Safeguarding, Adverse Childhood Experience training, Advanced training in Child sexual exploitation, and a PGCE at UCLan in “Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care”.

Karen has extensive experience of working with children, young people and adults with vulnerabilities and complex needs. She was responsible for multi-disciplinary staff teams involved in center-based youth work, information, advice and guidance, detached youth work, youth council and sexual health provision.

In 2019 Karen won a Propeller Enterprise Award from UCLan for the training she designed and delivered. In the same year, Karen was nominated for an EVA – Enterprise Business Award as part of the “Inspirational Woman” category. In 2021 she delivered “No Whispers” a new multi-agency training project in child sexual and criminal exploitation funded by Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Karen has experience of delivering face to face and online training in child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation, modern day slavery and human trafficking, and safeguarding for Local Authorities Commissioning Groups, independent organisations and children’s homes in Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Sheffield, Lancashire, Manchester, Portsmouth, London, and Wales.

Karen works for C.A.T. – Child sexual exploitation Awareness Training. She is also an Associate Trainer for National UK organisations, Talking Life and Barnardo’s.


Karen established her C.A.T. Training service following 26 years of working as an Advanced Practitioner and Senior Youth Worker for Lancashire County Councils Young Peoples Service. Karen is a qualified teacher, experienced trainer and youth worker with extensive experience of working with children and young people in Lancashire. Karen has knowledge and understanding of the significance of Child Sexual Exploitation as part of children and young people’s Safeguarding, well-being and vulnerability.

Karen completed training as part of Lancashire County Council, “Safe & Sound – Just Whistle” CSE specialist trainers and PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation).