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Ex professional soldier, Bob Le Vaillant, has over thirty years experience both as a practitioner and senior manager in the voluntary sector.
In 1982 he founded Stepney Children's Fund and in2005 retired as Deputy Warden and Head of Services for Children &Families at Toynbee Hall in London's East End.
Bob's experience links mainly to community social work, out door learning, youth crime diversion, the recruitment, training and management of volunteers and he has unique experience in developing programmes fordis affected young people and those living in marginalised communities.
Bob is a member of the British Association of Social Workers, British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies and the Institute of Outdoor Learning.
He was Chair of Governors of a Special School for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, founding trustee of the East London Schools Fund, a Youth and Family Proceedings Courts Magistrate in Inner London and now member of the East Kent Bench.
Bob is an adoptive and past foster parent.
He has worked with most uniformed youth organisations and continues to be linked with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
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Bob Le Vaillant
Bob joined the Army directly from a children's home when he was 15.
He served for 24 years,
founded a children's charity - Stepney Children's Fund
- at Toynbee Hall
Bob retired as Toynbee Hall's Deputy Warden in 2005 and moved with his family to Walmer.
Bob is an adoptive and foster parent, magistrate and recent chair of school
Bob Le Vaillant
Bob Le Vaillant's life changed dramatically some years ago after he and his wife adopted three children.
Having stopped work, Bob found himself with some spare time while the children were at school, so decided to write about his experiences, first as a soldier and then as a community social worker.
Bob joined the Army at 15 and travelled widely: Borneo and Singapore, Naples and to sea with the Royal Navy.
He returned to the Far East, to South Korea and Hong Kong and he finished his service at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.
He describes his Army experiences as 'Kiplinesque', and a clue to his writing style is that his favourite author is Leslie Thomas.
In 1982, Bob founded Stepney Children's Fund at Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel and, when he left the Forces in 1986, set up and ran Toynbee's Children's Department.
His work over the next two decades brought him into direct contact with thousands of Britain's most disaffected young people.
Bob and his family moved to Deal in 2005.
He has written three novels.
The first two are semi-autobiographical and the third is about the Deal bombing.
None are published and Bob feels that as all three are bound to upset or embarrass somebody, they are probably better used as a source for a series of short stories which he is currently producing and calling Motley Childhoods.
The series starts with his childhood leading up to entering a Children's Home in 1960 and then joining an Army Boys Regiment.
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Bob Le VaillantDeputy Warden