Kat Osthwaite

Policy and Public Affairs Manager

Kat’s role as Policy and Public Affairs Manager is to ensure that the research we produce has the maximum impact for children and their families.

Before joining WWCSC in April 2021, Kat worked to develop policy and influence key decision makers to improve outcomes for children across a range of sectors, including disability, criminal justice and education, most recently at Guide Dogs. A few of her more notable projects include advocating for children with a family member in prison, improving the fairness and effectiveness of policing powers, and ensuring children with sight loss can live the lives they choose. Kat studied Law at the University of Oxford where she went on to complete her MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

In her spare time, Kat volunteers as an Appropriate Adult to support young people and vulnerable adults in police custody. She also enjoys baking, travelling and going for walks with her (very spoilt) dog.


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    Reflections as we move to the “new normal”

    2 December 2021
    As a society, COVID-19 forced us to stop and change what we were doing. Now, as we move to the “new normal” we have an opportunity to consider and reflect on the changes we have made.