Ann Wheal spent 17 years teaching young people aged 12-18 from a variety of backgrounds and abilities in inner-city multi-racial schools/colleges. After leaving teaching she briefly worked for Hampshire Social Services before she joined Southampton University where she has been undertaking research projects gathering the views of children, young people, families and the black community. She has a wide experience of obtaining the views of clients and consumers of services and a commitment to working in partnership with young people, children and families and involving them in the decision-making process.

Ann was a member of the Local Government Association Task Force on Adoption, a member of the Department of Health Quality Protects Placement Choice Project Group and a member of a government group on positive parenting, as well as a consultant on 'best value' for a local council. She was also the  project leader for the School of Social Sciences at the University, managing and running the first three residential ‘young persons’ summer schools. These were for young people from inner city schools and were designed to give them a brief taste of university life. Care leavers also participated in this scheme.

She has published widely in the child care field and all her publications reflect her commitment to the rights of the child.

 Brinton Cottage Publishing

Ann Wheals books

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