Susanne joined the Child and Public Protection teaching team at Edinburgh Napier University initially as Practitioner/Lecturer in January 2016 on secondment from Stirling Council, but now works as a full-time lecturer across Child and Public Protection and the development team for the new PG Master of Social Work programme. She qualified as a social worker in 1995 and worked in a local authority Children & Families team in Edinburgh for about 4 years before moving to a brand new post, based in Grangemouth New Community School. At the time, this was a pilot project, bringing together a group of professionals from different disciplines, to work with children, young people and their families. The work had a strong focus on early intervention and allowed her to develop some creative ways of engaging with families.
After leaving Grangemouth, Susanne focused on supporting the professional development of others, first as a Practice Learning Development Officer, working with social work students across the Forth Valley area and subsequently as Professional Development Manager within Stirling Council’s Children’s Services Department. Following that, she was employed as Inter-Agency Child Protection Training Facilitator in Stirling and Clackmannanshire. For 11 of those 20 social work years Susanne also worked as a volunteer and supervisor at ChildLine Scotland, which helped her develop a strong child-centred approach to her work. More recently, she joined the Children’s Hearing Area Support Team in Fife as a Panel Practice Advisor.