I qualified as a social worker in 2007 and have over 10 years experience of working with children and families. The majority of my experience has been in working with teenagers and engaging hard to reach young people, engaging them with services to improve life chances and outcomes. My background includes working within the Youth Offending Team as part of a multidisciplinary team in managing the vulnerability, risk of harm and future offending of young people aged 10-17. My role also included work with victims of crime within a restorative justice framework and mediation between offenders and victims. Prior to this I worked as an Education Social Worker in a Pupil Referral Unit with young people aged 10-17 and supported families where there were issues of vulnerability and non attendance. Within Caritas my experience has broadened to work with children of primary school age and their families.