Ann has been instrumental in supporting schools, settings and professionals in supporting bereaved children and young people. She has achieved this in both a professional capacity with her work with schools and also in a voluntary capacity with her work in helping to establish Listening Ear Merseyside (over the past 30 years) and the Butterflies Project (over the past 20 years).
As an officer of the borough in 2007 Ann launched the ‘Positive Responses to Supporting Bereaved Children’ Project in Knowsley. This provided every school with training and resources. Ann is an accredited trainer in STORM (Skills-based Training of Risk Management – Self Injury) and Relax Kids. During her time at Knowsley, she took a lead role in the local authority training for SENCo, Teaching Assistants and Teachers.
Since leaving the role of Outreach Manager she has delivered training for teachers, teaching assistants, learning mentors, Initial Teacher Training students, NQTs and RQTs. For the past 14 years he has also delivered SEND, safeguarding and child protection training for staff teams and governors.