I have been working full time in the Centre for Social Work since January 2012 and was employed as a sessional tutor and part time teacher in the Centre for 6 years before that. I am very happy to be back at Nottingham, I undertook my first degree (in Social Policy and Administration) here and then an MA in Social Work at the University of York. I am a qualified social worker, registered with the HCPC and have a range of experience having worked as a local authority social worker and manager in residential and fieldwork settings with children and families for 15 years, specialising specifically in child protection and disabled children. I have also worked for the Ann Craft Trust, an organisation based within the Centre for Social Work that specialises in the protection of children and adults with learning disabilities and enjoy a close continuing relationship with ACT in my ongoing research on forced marriage. I am a member of a number of organisations including Baspcan, the Centre for Social Work Practice, the Home Office Forced Marriage Unit Partnership Board and I am also the Independent Safeguarding Advisor to the Sense Safeguarding Board (Sense is a national voluntary organisation working in the interest of deafblind children and adults).