Nicole has recently completed a PhD in social pedagogy at the University of Derby, which explored the influence of social pedagogy on the practice and values of the children’s services workforce in a local authority. She has been published in the International Journal of Social Pedagogy and wrote a chapter titled ‘Where Care and Education Meet?’ which explored social pedagogy of the Children Act (2004) in a postgraduate education text.
Nicole has almost 20 years’ experience working across NHS and local government, including as a service director in children’s services. She was instrumental in developing social pedagogy across a children’s services department and developing a university module on social pedagogy for local authority workers including foster carers, youth workers and residential staff. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys learning how to draw and paint, watching cricket and playing badminton.