Natalie spent 9 years involved within the care, youth justice and Criminal Justice System. Classed as a prolific offender, she was a regular visitor within the youth and magistrate courts and spent 13 periods in secure units and prison. Eventually labelled as mentally ill due to the behaviour she was exhibiting in prison and placed on anti-psychotic medication, she decided that she needed to use her support network to help her change her life.
During the next few years Natalie spent her time volunteering, before completing an Access to Higher Education Diploma and securing employment in the Homeless Sector. In 2014 she graduated with a 1st class (hons) in BSc Policing, Investigation and Criminology and was awarded NUS Endsleigh Student of the Year 2014. She is currently working as a Youth Offending Service, Case Officer and has recently graduated with a Masters in Criminal Justice Policy at The LSE. Natalie regularly takes part in conferences and youth involvement events and delivers talks to professionals, service users and those at commissioning level.
Natalie is passionate about challenging the negative and stereotypical perceptions that exist relating to young people. She believes that consistent support and positive relationships is key for children and young people to overcome challenges and build positive futures.