Maureen is a Brummie who was brought up in Northfield. She is both an academic and practitioner. Having qualified as a solicitor, she went on to specialise in children’s rights and child protection and was NSPCC Senior Research Fellow at Warwick University before moving to work for Birmingham City Council as advocacy manager for children in care and then to be the lead for the Education Welfare Service. She has now returned to academia as a lecturer on Working with Children, Young People and Families, at Newman University. Apart from her passion for children’s rights, Maureen’s other passions are horses, both riding and organising local competitions, and drama which includes visiting the Edinburgh Fringe every year.