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I have extensive experience working with children and young people and adults, with over 20 years front line experience. Firstly as a senior office and later deputy manager of looked after children’s residential care homes. For the next 10 years I worked as a substance misuse practitioner, within the adults drug team setting (Garage), Police cells and Probation and I have extensive experience in Child Protection and significant experience in delivering talking therapies. I am qualified to NVQ level 4 in Health and Social Care.

Child safeguarding has been of significant importance all the work I’ve done throughout my carrier, and taking a lead role at Flying Futures as Designated Safeguarding officer is something I’m both proud of and passionate about.

When not in work, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two young children going for days out and having fun. I volunteer at my local village hall and sit on the management committee, so I am often involved in events within my local community.

I came to Flying Futures in January 2015 when I coordinated a mentoring programme with Stronger Families working with DMBC, since then I have coordinated grant-funded projects within the local community looking after programmes funded by BBC Children in Need, The Peoples Health Trust and The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

My Role has changed recently to Health and Wellbeing officer, as well as keeping a lead role as Designated Safeguarding Officer. In this new position will be supporting the team by giving them regular health and wellbeing support, ensuring they have a chance to be heard, their views listened to and acted upon and using a solution focussed approach; discussing practical ways forward for our staff individually. I will ensure that staff welfare is considered and prioritised when planning for change within the organisation, and when working within existing procedures.