Hazel commenced her career at the Lingfield Hospital-School where she gained invaluable experience by working with children who had complex learning needs.  Several years at Quarrier’s Homes provided insight into epilepsy, and the use of respite to empower and strengthen the family as a primary support system.  Working in early years and primary education gave knowledge and understanding of the impact from bio-ecological influences upon development, particularly in a context of child protection.
Hazel developed an acute awareness of the implementation gap between research, policy and practice on returning to university for part-time post-graduate study.  Her research focused upon the parent-professional relationship in child protection and early intervention. Additionally, Hazel was invited to join a team of researchers for a three year project which explored attachment and learning in primary education.
These experiences have given Hazel the knowledge and passion to respond to the implementation gap from two perspectives – by delivering training to professionals, and nurturing resilience in parents and children through relationship-based intervention.
MA, University of Glasgow, 1982
MSc ( Childhood Studies), University of Strathclyde, 2009
PhD (Education), University of Strathclyde, 2015
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Parent-Professional relationship in child protection and early intervention.
Attachment and resilience in early years.
Therapeutic relationship-based practice.