I started work as a Nursery Nurse in an early years setting in the 1990s, taking on the additional responsibilities of SENCO, Senior Practitioner, Good Practice Co-ordinator and Nursery Manager, as my career progressed. During this time I developed a passion for supporting families experiencing disadvantage and began the role of Family Support Worker in a Childrenâ€™s Centre; advancing to Deputy Early Help Area Manager. For the following eight years I worked closely with children, young people, families and professionals to identify difficulties, create action plans and improve outcomes. Some key responsibilities of my role included the delivery of a wide range of parent/adult learning programmes, supervision and line management of Family Support Workers, chairing and contributing to a variety of multi-agency, Child Protection and Child in Need meetings and assisting the development of a newly commissioned 0-19 Early Help service.
I am the Module Leader for Principles of Professional Practice for Employability, Substance Misuse, Working with Communities and Working with Families. I also teach across a range of modules within the School of Education, Health and Community, including Contemporary Issues in a Social Context and Multi-agency Practice and Child Protection, and supervise JNC Fieldwork Practice.
Research interests and scholarly activity
Widening Participation in Higher Education.