Elaine was one of the very first cohort in 1985 of a graduate degree for social workers in Scotland, initially working within the statutory sector with children and families /child protection . On completion of a Masters in Applied Social Sciences, she progressed to college lecturing and research in developmental child care. Elaine completed a law degree and post graduate Certificate in Mediation. As a freelance mediator, along with employment mediation and family mediation, she specializes in mediating disputes between statutory education bodies and families, all relating to special education provision.
Elaine has one grandchild lving in the US who is in a special education program for autism.