Sally has over 25 years plus experience of working with children, young people, families, and communities. Her experience is working in schools, local authority and the voluntary sector all exhibit her passionate for social justice especially for young people in disadvantaged communities to be given every opportunity to thrive and meet their full potential.
During lockdown Sally completed an MSc in Advanced Child Protection at the University of Kent this has complimented her safeguarding and training portfolio that she delivers across the Southeast to ensure the children’s workforce keep children safe from harm and respond in a trauma informed approach. Recently her role specialising in exploitation, she led The Serious Youth Violence Programme, a government funded pilot scheme across North Kent working in collaboration with Kent and Medway Police with Youth Offending Services , has demonstrated outstanding success as evaluated by London South Bank University. This has included promoting effective partnership working in reducing Serious Youth Violence and knife crime.
Previous Head of Service roles in the high-profile Government Funded Family Support Service led to long term sustainable change for families across Kent. Sally has extensive knowledge of partnership working, diverse communities and has initiated several high-profile partnership projects and collaborations during this time. Before this Sally led the SPARK project a localised, schools focused, early intervention provision aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in line with the aims of the Kent CAMHS Joint Commissioning Strategy, ensuring effective pathways of provision. Working in primary and secondary schools across Kent, with children with Special Educational Needs, Sally trained staff in meeting the needs of those children who are neurodiverse.