Louison Ricketts

B.Soc.Sc.Sw -Double honours degree in Social Policy and Social Work, MSc in Criminal Justice Management, Practice Development Assessor, MLF (Hay Group) and Principal Trainer and Consultant.

Louison is a qualified manager and Social Worker with extensive experience in Early Help and Prevention. She has widespread knowledge and experience of working with complex families and has led strategically and operationally on the Troubled Families programme; she has also supported the development of this work nationally and regionally across various Local Authorities. She has managed Early Help Targeted Locality Teams and delivered a wide range of staff development programmes within both the public and private sectors and jointly developed interventions to improve performance at individual, team and organisational level. During her time with the Local Authority she has also led on various programmes such as the One to one Domestic Violence programme, Family Intervention Projects for Anti-social behaviour, Youth Crime and Female Offenders and piloted Community engagement and Co-Production work.

​Louison is also a qualified Probation manager with a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management. She has worked in the field of Criminal Justice for over 15yrs which enables her to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and skill around risk and need which is her area of specialism. Throughout this time, she has also gained detailed and broad ranging knowledge and experience of risk management across all aspects of Social Care, Child Protection and Early Help. Additionally, she is also a national and internationally qualified trainer in all the fields of work mentioned.


Meriel Harrington

BA Hons, HND Professional Youth and Community Work, MLF (Hay Group) and Principal Trainer and Consultant.

Meriel is a qualified manager in Youth and Community Work with extensive experience working for the Local Authority in strategic and operational management of Early Help and Prevention. She has managed Targeted Locality Teams, including the citywide delivery of support to local authority key agencies and partners. During this time she has led on training and workforce development, data systems for measuring quality and impact, co-produced the assessment process for early help, quality assurance and undertook a lead role for child sexual exploitation and missing agendas.

Meriel's knowledge and skills in this area has been gained from wide ranging management and direct work practice, which means clients will receive a full and holistic understanding of the current issues and new approaches to engaging families with early help services. Most recently, she is qualified as a practice lead for Signs of Safety, a widely endorsed evidenced based approach 'to keep children safe and support families, together with building their extended family and community networks'.