Sue Matthews

Social Work Consultant and Trainer

Sue Matthews qualified as a Probation Officer, and has worked directly with young people and their families known to the Youth Justice System for over 30 years.

With experience of being a case manager, practice manager, workforce development officer and the gender lead during her time at Nottingham City Youth Offending team, she is passionate about improving outcomes for girls and young women who are at risk of sexual violence, sexual exploitation, gang affiliation and risky and offending behaviour.

Sue set up the Pink Project, a training partnership, 12 years ago to target this. She chaired both the Girls against Nottingham Gangs Network for 3 years, and the YJB forum on working with girls who offend for 10 years.

Having completed a year’s research on the sustainability of gender specific provision in the Youth Justice system in 2009, Sue is a Griffins Society alumni and currently works as an independent social worker, delivering training about gender responsive interventions; safeguarding and CSE.

Sue is a highly experienced practitioner within the field of youth justice. She began to notice that the girls she worked with were being increasingly labelled as more ‘risky’ or ‘vulnerable,’ and she recognised that many workers did not have an understanding of the skills needed to undertake effective assessments and interventions with girls. This encouraged her to examine existing evidence and research into working with girls and young women, to develop training for workers and to facilitate gender responsive programmes.