Suzanne Alcock I have many years experience of working professionally with children with SEND from early years to young people along with their parents and families. I have had the opportunity to work in various roles and settings including providing support through home visits working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, A.S.D. and more closely with children with physical impairment and complex medical and sensory needs. My work involved working with different age groups in both mainstream and special schools, I also worked in coordinating and advisory roles working alongside other health and educational professionals. Working with the families I was clearly aware of the advice and support they receive from the service POINT in meeting the individual needs of the family. In 2011 following a change in job prospects and passionate about emotional well-being and equality, I decided to follow another career path. This lead on to studying Counselling becoming qualified in adult counselling and then children. I became a volunteer for Homestart - befriending families and supporting them through daily life struggles families can face. I was also a volunteer counsellor for 2 years at a leading national children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, developing my skills and knowledge working with children within a school setting. I am a registered member of the BACP. It is a privilege to be able to combine my knowledge and experience from previous roles of working with children with SEND and their families and take the opportunity to work with them therapeutically in a counselling role, bringing about change and empowerment.