Valerie is a researcher at the Dept of Education’s Rees Centre. She is working on a pilot study of STrAWB (Shared Training and Assessment for Well-Being), an innovative training and assessment package which aims to improve the mental health and well-being of children in care. Valerie developed the mental health aspect of STrAWB, with foster carers and clinicians while she was a Research Associate in Cambridge. Valerie’s interests are in young people’s mental health, particularly those in care. She has an interest in creative, participatory research approaches. She is co-founder of the Creative Research Collective.