I have been with CYCJ since its inception. As Deputy Director, I work with Claire Lightowler in leading CYCJ in its work to improve children’s lives through improving policy, practice and knowledge about the issues related to offending by children and young people.
This involves supporting professionals from all disciplines who work with young people who offend by promoting best practice based on up-to-date evidence and research. I also manage the IVY (Interventions for Vulnerable Youth) service, which is a high risk psychological and social work mental health service for young people who present a risk to others.
Previous to joining CYCJ, I was seconded to the Scottish Government youth justice team for three years, initially as project manager for the young people who offend project, and latterly to support the national implementation of the Whole System Approach. Prior to this, I worked for ten years as a social worker and social work manager within the fields of youth and criminal justice, starting my career in inner city Glasgow, then Edinburgh and latterly Dumfries and Galloway.