Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Bez Martin is a JNC qualified youth worker graduating from St Martin’s College, Lancaster in 2000.
She has worked across both voluntary sector and local authority, recently spending 17 years at Leicester City Council as the Manager of their Rights and Participation Service. There Bez managed the Children’s Rights and Advocacy offer for children part of child protection processes and who are looked after, she managed participation for the Social Care and Early Help department managing formal youth and parent participation projects.
Bez introduced the rights-based model of participation to social care in Leicester applying the Lundy Model to the children’s department back in 2018.
Her work is nationally award winning most recently winning a Children and Young people Now Award in 2021 for the Recruitment and Professional Development Award for Was Not Heard and How will you hear me participation training resource for professionals.
Bez is now the Head of Participation at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.