Kirsty Fraser


Course lead for Child & Adolescent Mental Health FdSc

School of Allied Health and Community

Department of Health and Wellbeing

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542672

Before joining the University full time, Kirsty worked within the Local Authority as the Youth Voice Development Worker supporting children and young people to have a say on issues that are important to their lives and to influence decision-makers.

With over 13 years of experience, Kirsty has worked alongside children and young people helping them share their views of the world and what they need to reach their potential.

As a Youth and Community Worker, she has focused on supporting people from a wide range of communities to explore their values, beliefs, ideas, and issues and enable them to develop their voice, influence, and place in society. Kirsty now brings these skills and experiences into the classroom to share with the next generation of professionals.

Outside her role as a Lecturer, she helps run a grassroots charity called People in Motion, the charity's aim is to ease poverty and promote dignity for those people who are on their journey to safety as refugees or asylum seekers. 


  • MA Transformative Practice
  • PGCERT Higher Education
  • BA Hons Youth and Community (JNC)

Teaching interests

Kirsty's teaching interests are mainly focused on working with children and young people and communities. Her interests are motivated by a passion for social justice and the recognition that young people hold a valuable place in society that is often dismissed.

Kirsty particularly enjoys teaching:

  • Children and Young Peoples Rights
  • Child, youth, and community empowerment
  • Participation and Engagement
  • Practitioner ethics and values
  • Reflective Practice
  • Working with vulnerable groups

Kirsty also teaches on other courses and modules within the Health and Wellbeing Department and beyond.

Research Interests

  • Young people and rurality
  • Political and educational development of young people
  • Health and wellbeing of young people The lasting impact of Covid-19 on children, young people and communities
  • The future of youth and community work 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Kirsty is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds a JNC qualification Which recognises youth and community workers’ qualifications that have been professionally approved by the National Youth Agency. She is a member of The Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work.

External Roles

Trustee and Co-founder of People in Motion (registered charity in England and Wales)