Dr Jeanette Cossar took her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge before studying as a Fulbright Scholar in the US. She is a registered social worker, who worked in Cambridgeshire in child protection and with looked after children. She moved to the University of East Anglia in 2006 to take up a lecturing post and is currently a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work at UEA, where she has been programme leader for the Masters in Social Work. Her research interests focus on exploring the views of children and young people on social work services and she has led two studies for the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. She has an interest in participative research and has worked with teams of young people with experience or knowledge of social care services on all her research projects. She has recently completed an ESRC funded study focusing on the experiences and identity development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning young people living in care. Her team is developing training materials in collaboration with young researchers and agency partners across the East of England.