Can you please tell us a little about your background in Policing and the path that led you to working at UCLan?
I’ve had a diverse career, both in education and working collaboratively with the Police since commencing my journey as a BA (Hons) Psychology student in 2001.
My interest in investigative psychology fuelled my early education and career choices to work alongside the Police within multi-disciplinary settings throughout my career, predominantly in a safeguarding capacity in Youth Justice and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
I have experience writing Pre-Sentence Reports (PSR), recommending appropriate sentences for young offenders at Magistrates and Crown Courts, delivering offence focused intervention for Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes (ISSP), supervising offenders sentenced to a Detention and Training Order (DTO), acting as an Appropriate Adult during Police interviews and supported the Community Safety Partnership in community crime prevention.
My role as a CSE Worker involved working in a multi-agency sexual exploitation team alongside Police, Children’s Social Services and Health to safeguard, support officers with intelligence gathering in tackling organised criminal networks, supporting young people to prepare for Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) and Missing from Home (MFH) interviews in addition to providing intelligence during the Force Major Incident Team (FMIT) meetings.
What was it about UCLan that appealed to you?
Educating adults, international opportunities and flexible working.
What is your career highlight to date?
Taking a group of students on placement in Uganda, Africa. Uganda was a knowledge exchange opportunity for UCLan students who were on the Sexual Health and Midwifery degree. I was previously a Sexual Health lecturer with CHM and fortunate enough to take 16 students on two trips to Uganda in collaboration with the Knowledge 4 Change Charity at Salford University. Students were part subsidised by CHM and attended placements in either the maternity ward or the HIV clinic of Kagote Referral Hospital in Fort Portal. Students were also given the opportunity to teach in local schools and play recreational sports with the local community. It was a life changing opportunity for both staff and students. I am now keen to offer the students in Professional Policing a similar opportunity for knowledge exchange internationally.
Which area of Policing fascinates you the most and why?
My interest is in child sexual exploitation and sexual violence because I am keen to ensure that victims receive the best response from the Police.
Are you involved in research and how does this relate to the teaching?
I am research active involving undertaking a PhD focusing on the perpetration of CSE, conducting Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) commissioned sexual violence research in Cheshire and Lancashire, Chairing the CSE Public Policy Symposium in London and a peer reviewer for the Qualitative Social Work Journal. The research allows the most current knowledge to inform the teaching.
What are your teaching responsibilities?
Course Leadership, Module leader, teaching, assessing, attending assessment boards and student staff liaison committees, marketing and recruitment.
What is the best part of being a University lecturer in general?
The students being interested in the subject and the opportunities for staff.
What would your advice be for any new Policing students?
Get to know everyone in the lectures, enjoy all aspects of university life, utilise the support available from UCLan and commit to your education.
What are your interests outside of the classroom?
Socialising with friends and family, exercise and travel.
26 November 2019