Siobhán is a lead consultant for nurtureuk‘s Nurturing London & Nurturing Kent Projects which implement nurture practice as an effective response to growing rates of youth violence. Siobhán works with schools to restore and build trusted relationships between children and the adults present in their lives through a greater understanding of attachment, child development and trauma-informed practice with the aim of reducing instances of school exclusion and youth violence in local communities.
Siobhán believes passionately in the power of empathic, attuned, caring relationships to transform the lives of children who are suffering because of painful life experiences and childhood adversity. She trained as a primary school teacher in East London and went on to work in schools for children who have social, emotional and mental health needs for over fifteen years. She became principal of a specialist school for children with SEMH needs in Dublin at the age of 30 and established one of Ireland’s first attachment-based Nurture Groups there. Leading her team to work in an attachment focused way enabled the most troubled young people in their care to grow and thrive socially and academically.
Siobhán holds an honours Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs, PGCE, Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities, Certificate of Therapeutic Education (Educational Psychotherapy) and is continuing her studies towards a Masters of Education in School Leadership.
Siobhán is a mum of two young boys and one puppy. When she’s not cheering her boys on from the side-line of football matches, she can be found chasing her dog, Paddy, through Epping Forest.