I grew up in Tamworth and returned to Tamworth in 2008 with my husband to raise our two sons here. I have worked as a Social Worker in fields of child protection, domestic and family violence and sexual assault for the past 22 years. I hold a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from the University of Newcastle and a Masters of Social Work from Monash University. I worked for the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ formerly FaCS and DoCS) between 1999 and 2007 as a Child Protection Caseworker, Specialist and Manager Casework. I have worked for Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) since 2007 to the present across a range a services including Sexual Assault Services (SAS), Child Protection Counselling Services (CPCS), New Street Services, Joint Child Protection Response Program (JCPRP formerly JIRT) and as the Social Work In Charge at Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital. I am currently the Clinical Co-ordinator for the Violence Abuse and Neglect (VAN) Services across the New England Sectors of HNE. In this role I provide clinical and strategic leadership to clinicians and managers for SAS, CPCS, JCPRP Health and the SPARKS (children under 10 with problematic sexualised behaviours) Programs across Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Moree, Gunnedah and Toomelah / Boggabilla. I have been in my current role for the past 4.5 years. My interest in becoming a member of the board for TFSS lies in the depth of experience I have in working with vulnerable families and what I may be able to off the TFSS Board in this regard combined with my consistent experience over the years I have had with TFSS as an innovative, professional and effective services that work with children, young people, parents and carers across the New England and North West.