I hope to use my experience from working in public sector research and human rights challenges in the third sector to help deliver meaningful change that values the experiences and views of children, young people and families and the staff that support them. This experience builds on the back of an undergraduate and Masters degree in Law.
I have a passion for social, environmental & economic justice, and I hope to be a small part of the wider shift in Scotland to a wellbeing economy that puts children, young people & their futures at the heart of policy development. As a creative problem solver – and a coffee fiend – I believe that bringing together the right people, ideas and hot beverages with intention can result in real on-the-ground change.
I’ve joined includem at an interesting time, with my first task focused on currently developing research centred on the voices and experiences of children, young people and families including those with care experience. This approach is taken throughout, with interviews being co-designed & conducted by peer researchers (including those with care experience).
In celebration of Care Experienced Week, I wanted to highlight a few of the key themes that are already emerging from our findings:
In the coming weeks, we will share our full findings from our Peer Research which supports the findings of the Independent Care Review in what families want and need from services to #KeepThePromise and achieve #ABetterLife. I would like to thank everyone who shared their experiences and supported the development of this work – it is wonderful to see from day one of a new job that the voices of care experienced people are driving forward our understanding of what works, and what doesn’t, and I look forward to working with you all in the coming weeks.