Catherine Bennett

Catherine Bennett

Gangs and County Lines Manager, Suffolk County Council

Catherine started her career in youth justice in 2003, undertaking restorative work with young people in contact with youth justice services, and those individuals affected by their actions. Restorative practice is still something Catherine is passionate about due to the positive changes she saw for those who chose to be involved in a restorative process. In 2010 Catherine moved to a completely different role and began working within a Young Offenders Institute to co-facilitate an accredited offending behaviour programme (JETS - Juvenile Enhanced Thinking Skills) and support the resettlement element of the course. This was a one of the most challenging but most enjoyable roles Catherine has undertaken.

In 2013 Catherine began her management career, starting off with a team management role and then moving on to project management. Catherine led the Restorative Justice Team in Suffolk Youth Justice Service to accreditation and successfully launched the Diversion Programme – A prevention and Out of Court Disposal project, which was nominated for a Howard League Award. In 2016, Catherine returned to managing a busy Youth Justice Team in Suffolk, where the impact of gangs and county lines was fast becoming of great concern. In 2018, Catherine was appointed as Gangs and County Lines Manager for Suffolk. This partnership role sees Catherine working with a broad range of agencies and services to increase awareness, disrupt the activity of gangs and county lines and ensure that the young and vulnerable are afforded the appropriate safeguarding response.