Rosemary's career began as a mature student, undertaking an Access to Higher Education Certificate in English Literature, Psychology and Sociology in 1997. From this she progressed to completing her diploma and BA (Hons) degree in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University in 2001. Rosemary has continued to develop her professional career by gaining the East Anglia Post Qualifying Consortium/Anglia Polytechnic University, Child Care Award in 2005, and Practice Teaching Award in 2006. She also graduated from University of East Anglia with a Master s degree in Advanced Social Work and Planning in 2006 and completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice in 2013 achieving Professional Recognition of Fellowship of Higher Education Academy.
Rosemary's social work career began with Suffolk County Council in 2002, working within what was an Immediate Need team, undertaking statutory Child In Need and Child in Need of Protection assessments. In 2004 as part of her professional role she undertook the Joint Investigations (JIT) Suffolk Constabulary and ACPC (now adult safeguarding) training. In 2005 she received a promotion to become the team's Senior Social Work Practitioner. In 2008, Rosemary undertook a 2 year secondment to the Children Centre, headed by the local authority's Early Years department. Rosemary s current role is as a lecturer in the social work department at University of Suffolk.
Her research interests lay within the field of child and adult safety and welfare and she is planning on undertaking a PhD in Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning, looking at the role horses may have in promoting the health and welfare of vulnerable individuals.