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
advocacy and children's rights
the impact of early trauma on children
Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
Development and Society
As part of the MA 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.