Clare works with a passion to enrich and challenge circumstances for children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. She seeks to ensure that their emotional wellbeing and mental health are at the heart of their experience in schools, enabling them to thrive.
Clare has worked in primary schools in East London, Dorset and the South West as well as various schools across the country. Her career developed as she became an advisor for schools in East Africa and continued in an advisory role in mental health and education services and worked within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Initially as an adviser in East London, Clare worked to develop whole-school approaches and advocate for holistic cultures in schools where children’s emotional needs were prioritised and championed. She has led on national initiatives for local authorities as the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) Consultant across Dorset and then as Wellbeing Advisor for Poole LA, leading on training, curriculum implementation and development as well as the coordination of the National PSHE CPD programme. This supported teachers and health professionals to develop their portfolios for national accreditation.
Clare has been a trainer and consultant at national conferences and has led training in attachment, emotional wellbeing and mental health for NHS CAMHS, Dorset. She was a consultant trainer for the Institute of Education, London, and a core trainer for the Education Development Association, at Homerton College, Cambridge, providing courses for overseas teachers.
As the manager of a multi-agency service for vulnerable children at risk of exclusion, Clare developed Thrive Education Zones, an alternative provision based on nurture principles. Through this work she is all too aware of the impact adverse childhood experiences can have on children and their long-term mental health.