I have chaired Canterbury & District Domestic Abuse Forum in Kent, since 2007. The forum raises awareness, steers the domestic abuse reduction priorities and promotes inter-professional working in DA.
I have been the independent chair of numerous children & families partnership boards and have over 20 years of experience in working in the in the voluntary & community sector in family support.
I am a sessional lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University, School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work; Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. A Practice Educator and Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
I teach domestic abuse awareness, impact and the importance of inter-professional working. This year I also taught on the MBA programme on reflective practice and importance of effective supervision .
I work as an independent trainer and a consultant.
In 2016 contributed to a safeguarding book: Safeguarding Adults and Children-Dilemmas and Complex Practice. My chapter was titled: “Inter-professional Working in Safeguarding; the Challenge of Domestic Abuse ”
For the last 6 years I have been part of planning/organising group for inter-professional domestic abuse and health conference at Canterbury Christ Church University.
I am Co-creator/author of Baby Explorers – Better Brains for Babies – parenting support programme, promoting attachment and communication between baby and care giver, the programme has been evaluated by University of Kent in Canterbury and is currently being delivered across the district with funding from a variety of different external funders.
I was a founding member of the Vysia Project: A partnership project between the voluntary/ community sector and Canterbury Christchurch University, which has led to additional partnership projects including the foundation degree in volunteering.
I was a member of Kent Compact champions group, this group wrote the first Kent wide Compact and the subsequent Refreshed Compact, currently used, an agreement between the VCS and the public sector outlining the principles and undertakings which guide how the two sectors work together.
I set up, fund raised for and managed children and families charity ‘HomeStart’ in the four Kentish towns of Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury. The project supported 400 to 500 children and their families a year, had a staff team of 12 and up to 50 volunteers.