Dan has been working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller young people, families and communities since 2002. Starting his career as a residential childcare support worker , Dan worked with a number of Irish Traveller children. Over five years, he developed a critical insight into some of the challenges that Irish Traveller families can face when accessing and making sense of social work and other public services.
In 2007 Dan qualified as a social worker and began working in a complex needs team. Here, he was able to engage young people and their families, to assess, plan, implement and evaluate tailored packages of support, Child in Need plans and Child Protection.
In 2009, Dan secured funding from the Economic Social Research Council to complete a Masters in Social Work Research and a PhD. These two programmes of study enabled him to consolidate his knowledge and understanding of social work research and practice with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. Whilst completing this period of study, Dan also worked as a child protection social worker. This experience provided him with the opportunity to develop a key understanding of some of the challenges being faced by Roma young people in particular.
In 2014, Dan focussed his work as a social work academic. He now continues to build a practice and research background in social work with Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children, families and communities in the United Kingdom www.train-uk.com and across Europe.