Leah’s background is one of working with sexual offending and harmful sexual behaviour. Her current role is that of business development manager for Circles UK, a national membership organisation which seeks to reduce sexual re-offending by harnessing the skills and dedication of community volunteers. Circles UK works towards the goal of ‘no more victims’
Leah is also a Trustee of RECOOP, which supports older people with convictions. 17% of the prison population are aged 50 or over—13,212 people. 44% of men in prison aged over 50 have been convicted for sexual offences. The next highest offence category is violence against the person (25%) (Bromley Briefings 2021)
A qualified social worker, Leah has worked in the criminal justice system for over 30 years. She is a former offender manager, group worker, training officer, practice teacher, inspector and senior probation officer within the Probation Service and team manager within the Youth Offending Service. She has worked in the community, in prisons and in courts.
Leah conducted research into Probation work with sexual offenders as part of an MSc thesis undertaken at the University of Oxford (published by UEA as a Social Work Monograph.)