Jo is responsible for supporting disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs to share what is most important to them.
She is instrumental in using their experiences, expertise and aspirations to influence policy and services that directly affect them. She ensures the smooth running of her team’s participation work by developing best practice through our young people’s groups and network for professionals, Making Ourselves Heard.
Jo first joined the CDC family back in 2009 and has worked on projects including anti-bullying, inclusive education and supporting youth offenders with special educational needs. Jo has also helped to deliver our young people’s advisory groups, EPIC and Young CDC. Jo is just as busy outside of work as she is in the office, volunteering as a counsellor for children and young people and also works on increasing participation opportunities for girls and young women.
Jo is passionate about supporting children and young people to develop their confidence and realise their aspirations. It is her strong belief that children and young people have the right to be heard, to be treated with respect, to be included in decisions that affect them and to be empowered to achieve their fullest potential.