Kay is a Specialist Attachment Practitioner at The Family Place. She decided to retrain as a social worker eight years ago, after discovering a passion for working with children and young people in crisis.

Working in youth services, supplementary education and with three local charities gave Kay a good foundation in engaging creatively and flexibly with families in their own communities. After completing her MA in Social Work, Kay joined a child protection team to support children and families while managing high levels of risk within statutory frameworks.

Kay particularly enjoyed her work around mental health, trauma and attachment and since 2015 she has specialised in working therapeutically with looked after children and young people. Kay says she enjoys being part of the rebuilding and sense-making within families, helping children find belonging and connection again.

Kay has extensive experience of working with young people who have suffered abuse, neglect, loss and trauma and strongly believes in the transformative power of relationships. Kay has completed DDP Level 1 and 2 and has begun her training Theraplay.

Kay believes firmly in the importance of play and playfulness for all children and adults, as well as finding moments of exploration and adventure in daily life.