Louise Toye is an experienced statutory social worker and practice lead. Louise’s current role covers the county of Greater Manchester, as Practice Lead for Complex Safeguarding and Achieving Change Together (ACT).
Louise was involved in the original design and development of ACT, a research and co-designed response to exploitation. Louise is now responsible for training and supporting ACT’s roll-out across the ten Greater Manchester authorities. ACT’s approach to safeguarding young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, extra-familial harm (child sexual and criminal exploitation and trafficking) is both future focussed and strength based. It aims to work alongside young people in a collaborative manner.
Louise’s experience of developing services and supporting the spread and scale of innovation has provided her with unique insights into what works in practice and operational settings. Louise’s current projects also includes supporting the development of an alternative approach to risk assessments in the context of adolescent safeguarding. As part of this project Louise works alongside national and local partners to promote the move from risk-based work to one of safety and wellbeing.
Louise holds a BA (Hons) in Social Work