Meet the members of our Community Participation Team.

Jo Petty, Facilitator

Jo Petty, Good Childhood Facilitator

Jo Petty is based in Eastleigh, Hampshire and has worked at The Children’s Society since 2006. She’s worked with the Hampshire Young Carers team as a community development worker raising awareness about young carers and their families in Youth Justice, Children’s Services and Drug & Alcohol services. This involved providing training for professionals on legislation and best practice when working with young carers and their families. It also involved forming YC Voices forum for young carers in Hampshire to have their voices heard in a strategic environment.  Since 2010 she’s been a facilitator in the Community Participation Team which is a diverse role working on a child-centred process which assesses children and young people’s subjective well-being in schools, communities and local authorities.

Before this Jo worked with young adults with learning difficulties, autism and challenging behaviour. Her role was focused on overseeing the support plans of the young adults so their well-being and voices were promoted.  After this Jo supported children and families who have difficulty accessing school and alternative education as an Education Welfare Officer in the New Forest. 


Cath Morris, Facilitator

Cath Morris, Good Childhood Facilitator

Cath joined The Children’s Society in 2010 and is based in Lancaster. Before this Cath was a secondary school teacher for 10 years, teaching History, English, Law and PSHE. Cath took on a range of pastoral roles including form tutor, link tutor and head of house. Outside of teaching Cath worked with Looked after Children and adults with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, both in a residential setting. A central aspect of both these posts again was supporting the well-being of some often very vulnerable individuals, and ensuring their voices were heard.

Since joining the team 3 years ago Cath has had the opportunity to continue to work in the field of children’s well-being in a diverse and exciting range of settings across the country. The Community Participation team are a passionate and professional team committed to ensuring that the voices of children and young people are at the heart of the work we do at The Children’s Society.


Helen Maitland, Facilitator

Helen Maitland, Good Childhood Facilitator

Helen Maitland is based in Birmingham in the West Midlands and has been a facilitator since June 2010. Previous to this role Helen supported Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children in Birmingham based projects delivered by both The Children’s Society and Save the Children. Her role included providing social opportunities to improve young people’s well-being and offering advice and mediation for young people in all aspects of their lives, but particularly around navigating the care system and the immigration process.  Helen has also worked across the West Midlands educating vulnerable young people about drug and alcohol misuse and assessing and supporting the needs of people at risk of homelessness.


Jim Davis, Advisor

Jim Davis, Good Childhood Advisor

Jim has been working in The Children's Society since 1981 when he started out as a Youth and Community Worker in the Southdown Project, a community project in his home estate. From that time on Jim has been involved in a wide range of practice and for nearly 18 years he was Programme Manager for one of our projects in the South West.

As a member of the Good Childhood Inquiry Jim was able to see first-hand how the conclusions of the Inquiry were reached and the potential the Inquiry report has to provide real challenge and opportunity to us all.

In April 2009 Jim moved into the role of the Good Childhood Advisor to promote the conclusions of the Inquiry externally and internally. Jim sits within the Church and Community Participation team within the Communication and Policy Directorate where we develop ways of engaging schools, communities and local authorities on working to understand and improve well-being amongst children in local areas. Jim is currently involved with the Children's Commission on Poverty where he is co-ordinating a range of evidence gathering activities around the country that will enable us to hear the voice and experience of children and young people in poverty.

Jim was made an MBE in the 2012 New Years Honours.