I am an experienced and goal-oriented Qualified Social Worker Manager with a demonstrated track record of leading on and providing analysis of effective practice within the Criminal Justice Sector. I have been working in the social work arena for the past 20 years mainly within the Youth Offending Services as both a manager and strategic leader. I also have experience of working within the Mental Health, Supporting Housing and voluntary sectors, as well as being an Inspector for the HMPI Inspection regime.
I have over 16 years’ experience of working with young people with complex social, emotional and behavioural difficulties within the youth justice arena. I have a First Class Degree in Criminology and a Master’s in Criminal Justice Policy. I have developed and led on Restorative Justice, HR, recruitment, retention, training, staff development, education and life skills, and criminogenic assessments. I am responsible for the day to day running of the home.
I chose to make a massive career change almost 4 years ago moving from the world of insurance, where I had been for 7 years, and into the world of supporting and caring for children and young people. Since this change I have worked with a range of children and young people from all walks of life, from high-risk offenders, to unaccompanied young people seeking asylum, all of which have incredible stories and journeys that I feel privileged to have been a part of. I strive to support young people in achieving their potential, aspirations, hopes and dreams but ultimately to become the best version of themselves, a version that they can feel proud of within themselves. I joined BPL to be part of an amazing team that provides second to none support, guidance, and a home where young people can pride themselves to live in.
After being a hairdresser for many years, I decided to change direction and I made the decision that I wanted to work with young people. Originally from South east London, I grew up on a council estate where deprivation was high and young people would constantly face struggles around peer association, bullying, youth violence, peer pressures and exclusion from education. I have now been within this role for 6 years, starting within a children’s residential home where I completed my CYPW diploma level 3 and then moving onto supported accommodation for young people. I thoroughly enjoy my role and supporting young people to achieve their very best