Sue is an experienced senior manager with more than 30 years service in Children’s Services. She spent 10 years working in a range of adolescent residential provision, culminating in managing a small secure unit, before moving into a generic child care team, then entering her real passion, the field of youth justice. Sue was a Team Manager in one of the pilot Youth Offending Teams and played a key role in the complex planning and negotiation required to promote and implement a culture of collaborative partnership working. She continued to work in this area as both a practitioner and senior manager. Sue has been a determined advocate of the need for sustainable Early Help services across all sectors and promoted this belief with lead responsibility for Parenting and Family Work, the development of the Youth Crime Action Plan, and the implementation of Targeted Youth Support and Family Intervention Projects. She promoted the use of Restorative Justice at an early stage and has experience of training and facilitation in this area.
Sue has a keen interest in the provision of high quality support, training and education for practitioners in social care. She has been responsible for the recruitment, retention and training of volunteers and sessional workers within youth justice and family intervention. She has had a lengthy involvement in social work education, as a practice educator and teaching on professional programmes.
Sue retired as Head of Service in a local authority with strategic responsibility for Youth Offending, Leaving and After Care, targeted youth support, Family Group Conferencing, Intensive Family Support Services and Troubled Families.
She is involved in mentoring trainee Practice Educators and is Vice Chair of a Fostering Panel.
She has been an associate for Interface since 2015, delivering Motivational Approaches programmes and workshops to embed practice. She is currently most involved in the C Change programme, delivering initial training and follow on workshops.
Sue is a qualified teacher and registered social worker. She has undertaken an OU degree, various management and professional training. She is an accredited Practice Educator and is qualified to deliver Restorative Justice training.