I graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA (Honours) in Sociology and Social Policy before going on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work at the University of Sheffield. Whilst working in Social Work I studied for a Master's in Public Health at Sheffield Hallam University. Upon joining Sheffield Hallam University I completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education.
I have had a varied professional career. I have worked as a Social Worker for a number of Local Authorities; working in child protection services, hospital social work, supporting children and families affected by ill health and/or disability and also specialising in the assessment of prospective adopters. I have also worked in the NHS as a Health Promotion Worker. I have spent a number of years working for local charities including as a manager at Sheffield Young Carers' Service and most recently nine years at the NSPCC.
I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2012.
- exploring children's lives and experiences from a holistic perspective
- children and young people's involvement in their own care and services
- multi-agency working
- advocacy and children's rights
- the impact of early trauma on children
- supporting families
Social Sciences and Arts
As part of the MSc in Public Health I undertook an empirical study focusing on young carers' experiences which was used to develop service provision
I am a member of a national steering group which is reviewing a range of areas related to children and young people in secure care.
I am a member of the Clinical Reference Group for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This is a national group established to advise NHS England on the best ways that the specialised services they commission should be provided.