Alexis worked in the Education sector for just over 6 years after completing a BA Honours degree in Childhood and Youth studies and more recently a PGC in Critical Practice with Children & Young People. She is now undertaking a Master’s degree in this subject and also has additional qualifications in Child Protection and Safeguarding, Drug and Alcohol Misuse, Counselling, Resilience and Well-being in Children and Young People, Dealing with Severely Challenging Behaviour, and Restorative Approaches to Managing Behaviour and Discipline. Alexis specialises in working with the most vulnerable of children and young people, most notably those who are involved in, or at risk of missing behaviour, Child Sexual and Criminal Exploitation, Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery, as well as those who have severe behavioural and attachment disorders.
Currently, Alexis works in the multi-agency, Gwent Missing Children, CSE, CCE, Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery Team as the Senior Practitioner and is employed via Llamau, previous to this she was the Education Officer within the team.
The team was set up following a research project in 2011 which looked at the response to children reported as missing to the police. This research resulted in the development of a multi-agency safeguarding team in Gwent for managing missing child incidents. With the support of Welsh Assembly Government, the project went live in April 2012. The team consists of staff from Health, Social Services, Police, Education as well as Mediation Workers, funded by the Big Lottery and commissioned from the third sector.
Throughout her time in Education, and in her current role, Alexis has substantial experience of working with vulnerable children and young people up to 18 years, as well as their families and the professionals who surround them.