I was awarded my Fellowship in the 1990s.
I travelled throughout the United States and learned about novel ways of working with troubled and hard-to-reach families. When I returned to the UK I was able to apply what I had learned to my clinical practice, share my experiences and improve our ways of working with looked-after-children. Two of the concepts I brought to the table were the ideas of 'wraparound' care and specialist foster-care placements.
The Fellowship acted as a springboard and I went on to give lectures, talks and training events for parents, carers and professionals.
I've written for the Community Care magazine and for the Educational and Child Psychology Journal. I featured in two documentaries – one was part of the BBC Mosaic series in 1994 and the other, All Mixed Up, was for BBC2 in 2001.
I was the first black woman educational psychologist to work in Inner London. I retrained as a clinical psychologist and have recently had an anthology of short stories – Broadwater – published by Fairlight Books. I serve as a magistrate and continue to be involved in community initiatives and projects.