Operational Team

Steve Rawlins CEO & Specialist Consultant

Steve is the founder and director of Way4ward. He has worked with children in care, children who are excluded from school or at risk, young people and adults who are engaged with the criminal justice system, their families, people with mental illness, homeless people and those recovering from addiction since 2001. He has operated at grass roots practitioner level as well as senior executive level.

Steve has implemented and managed generic and industry specific employability and apprenticeship programmes for homeless people, ex-offenders, people in recovery and mental illness. He is a qualified family mediator, gang’s mediator, life coach, mentor, personal development and life skills trainer, NVQ assessor and verifier, fitness instructor, youth worker, Samaritans trainer (suicidal prisoners) and a criminal justice professional.

At Time for Families he delivered the building stronger families programme in prisons, in young offenders institutions and detention centres for prisoners and their families.

Steve delivers a suicide and self harm prevention resilience programme for the Samaritans called coping with life in prison, to those recently imprisoned.

He holds a diploma in social work and a degree in social psychology. He works with and manages some of the most challenging and complex cases.

Josephine Namusisi-Riley – Specialist High Intervention Mentor

Josephine works as a specialist high intervention mentor for looked after children. She specialises in working with girls at risk of harm (to self and others), risky behaviour, CSE and missing episodes.

She has provided school based provision for vulnerable children, young people and families in over 60 schools and delivered services for people with mental and physical health problems to access services and live independent lives.

She has worked with families suffering with HIV and offered sexual health services in Redbridge, Brent, Harrow, Camden, Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Josephine works to support survivors of sexual violence and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She is a member of Kings College Hospital’s Maternity Service Liaison Committee to improve services for pregnant women, mothers and their families, and acts as Chair of Governors at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School.

Carol McKenzie – Specialist High Intervention Mentor

Carol is a qualified social worker, counsellor and therapeutic practitioner with over 18 years experience of providing services for children, young people and working with their families with multiple and complex needs. She is also a qualified teacher, assessor and verifier.

Carol has also worked as a foster carer, family support coordinator and educational welfare officer. She has substantial experience in leadership and managing, multi-agency working and direct delivery of services to vulnerable people. Her assessments and support include therapeutic counselling and interventions with families and 1 to 1 with children and young people.

Key areas of expertise are development and relational trauma, self-esteem, confidence issues, self- harm, emotional and behavioural challenges, depression and family, relational breakdown. She is passionate and motivated to empower individuals and families for change.