Synopsis of my practice

Katie Bacon Biography


March 2010- Current

Katie mangers Online Youth Outreach and delivers accredited OCN training and capacity building in the use of the Internet in youth engagement settings to organizations across the UK.  As in all areas of life, young people, youth professionals and mangers have different requirements and needs of digital media and the wider online world. Different approaches will be required to work with different individuals and groups at different times.  Integrating social media within youth professionals practice when working with vulnerable young people requires dissemination of examples of good online practice, risk assessment,  online safety and a consideration of young peoples views when creating strategy planning and delivery.  Katie has been proactive in sharing good examples of practice, promoting learning opportunities and advocating the need for online youth engagement to senior youth managers and ICT departments at Devon County Council and other youth orgainsation across the UK.  Katie is also researching and developing methodologies and polices in the practical application of online social media platforms & social networking to engage vulnerable young people about local issues.

Jan’08- March ‘10

Youth Participation Worker within the Youth Participation & Democracy Development Team. This role requires establishing links with vulnerable groups of young people and advocate with or behalf their needs to adult decision makers within Devon County Council, Devon Youth Service, Connexions and Devon Children’s Trust. Manage one staff member whom has responsibility for facilitating Devon elected 20 youth representatives which interlinks to UK Youth Parliament. Presently piloting the use of SNS digital outreach to enable increased communication between adult decision makers and young people across Devon to facilitate their views to be heard about local youth provision in their area.  Have established links with statutory and voluntary groups across Devon ranging from schools, colleges, young parents groups, young people with additional needs,  sexuality support group, Children and young people in Care and Youth projects (rural and urban).


Worked at two specialist residential schools (Notton House & Kingsdon Manor Schools) for young men with ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyper-Activity Disorder) and EBD issues (Emotional Behavioural Difficulties).  Role requires attendance at annual review meetings with LEA, School, parents & young persons submitting reports and assessment for each young person (120 reports in total, per year) encapsulating their personal and professional aspirations and developmental support requirements.

I have the ability to convey opinions and concerns of often frustrated young people regarding service delivery to representatives of agencies and organisations from private, public and voluntary sector in a concise, professional and constructive manner without diluting or minimising their opinions.  I actively promote & manage the integration of services from Connexions partners and local communities for each young person at their review meeting.  Attendance at multi agency panel meetings advocating requirements of young persons needs available from vast range of services CHAMS, Children and Family Services, Housing, LEA, LSC, YOT, voluntary and community sector.


Previously worked at Exeter Connexions to work within Wonford community with 16-19 yrs old young people in a predominantly underprivileged area.  Working with young mums, drug users, abuse survivors (sexual/domestic violence), homeless, behavioural issues and disabilities.  Established three weekly drop in sessions (young women’s only, young mums & young people) allowing me to submit reports to partnerships (LEA, College, Health etc) to advocate their needs.  Due to the successes of my workshops European funding was awarded from LSC for first pilot Pre-entry to employment scheme within the UK.

I was the Connexions representative on Exeter City Domestic Violence Committee, duties included planning and instigating with local partners awareness strategy across the city on domestic violence issues utilizing local and national media, organising art instillations, group workshops within schools and submitting funding bids to local government to sustain and increase appropriate provision for local areas.


Once graduated from University I initially worked as a Connexions Personal Adviser, PA, in Nottingham city.  Working with young people at risk or actively involved in criminal behaviour and supporting them into various activities for their personal and professional development.  Worked within two schools with students who were considered at risk from disengagement, social exclusion or underachievement, and supporting a group of NEET young people (16-19 yrs old) into education, training or employment opportunities.  Also worked with a cross sector of disadvantaged groups i.e. asylum seekers, refugees, drug users, prostitutes (male and female), ethnic minorities and care leavers.

Fundamental to my success within each Connexions office has been developing working partnerships with various agencies and sectors of the community i.e. Schools, LEA, EWO, Children & Family Services, Youth Service, voluntary and Community sector, YOT, Health and Housing.  These partnerships have been developed and maintained through my expertise in communication, consultation, planning and constant reviewing of the objectives for young peoples requirements and also the remits/polices of each organisations/agency.


1999 – 2002 Derby University
2.2 BA (Hons) Applied Youth & Community Studies
The course is endorsed by the National Youth Agency (Education Training Standards) and approved by the Joint Negotiating Committee

This diverse degree covered many aspects of working with young people within diverse communities including: Theories, values and skills underpinning youth work.  The social and political context of youth and community work.  Managing organisational change, staff development and research skills.

Degree consisted of two professional placements:

UK – Derby Women’s Centre(2000-2001) – Pregnancy Testing Co-ordinator & member of Board of Trustees.

Canada – Multi Cultural Inter-Agency Group (2000-2001) -Funding application to World Health Organisations

Hiroshima Business College:1997-1998: Level 3 Japanese: Language and Literature
Pembrokeshire College: 1996-1999 A-Levels: Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science.
Ysgol Bro-Myrddin 1991-1996 GCSE: 7 passes at Grade C or above


I have been diligent in completing training to enhance and actively apply within professional practice:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dealing with aggressive and Violent Behaviour, Mental Health and Self Harm, Anger Management, Active Involvement of Young People, Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence (Level 2), Dramatherapy and Person Centred Planning , Drug Advice Level 2 and Housing Support and Advice.