Carolyne Willow – Founder Director
Carolyne Willow is a registered social worker (qualified in 1988). She started her career in child protection social work and then moved into roles promoting and protecting the rights of children in foster and residential care amid the first wave of revelations of institutional child abuse. Between 2000 and 2012, she was head of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), during which time she led the charity’s successful fight for transparency in restraint techniques used in G4S and Serco child prisons and initiated legal action to force the government to notify former child prisoners they had been unlawfully restrained. She was a member of Lord Carlile of Berriew QC’s Inquiry into the use of physical restraint, solitary confinement and forcible strip-searching of children in custody. Carolyne co-ordinated two major submissions from non-governmental organisations to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. She was principal author and editor of nine of CRAE’s annual State of Children’s Rights in England reports, and has written extensively on children’s rights over the past 25 years, including for the Council of Europe, Save the Children International and UNICEF. Her first book was ‘Children’s Rights and Participation in Residential Care’ (1996); and her latest is ‘Children Behind Bars. Why the Abuse of Child Imprisonment Must End’ (2015).
Carolyne is a Patron of the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (NAIRO). In 2017, she won the Social Worker of the Year (Championing Social Work Values) Gold Award, and in 2020 she won the Outstanding Leadership award in the Sheila McKechnie national campaigner awards.
Outside of work, Carolyne enjoys amateur dramatics, family board games and going to the theatre. She also loves her camper van.
Kamena Dorling – Head of Policy and Advocacy
Kamena Dorling has worked in human rights for over fifteen years, including at Freedom from Torture, Women for Refugee Women and most recently as Coram’s Group Head of Policy and Public Affairs. For over ten years she ran the Migrant Children’s Project at Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which supports young refugees and migrants through the provision of legal advice, guidance, training and policy advocacy and from 2010 to 2019 she chaired the Refugee and Migrant Children’s Consortium. In recent years she has worked collaboratively with colleagues in the sector to secure significant reforms to legal aid provision for children in care; greater protections for children in the asylum and immigration system; and renewed commitment from government to upholding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and training civil servants on child rights impact assessments. She has an LLM in International Human Rights Law and is a trustee of Shelter.
Kamena wrote the guide Seeking Support: A guide to the rights and entitlements of separated children, the fifth edition of which came out in 2017, and has co-authored a number of reports including Administrative detention of children: A global report (2011), Happy Birthday? Disputing the age of children in the immigration system (2013); Growing up in hostile environment: The rights of undocumented migrant children in the UK (2013); ‘This is my home’: Securing permanent status for long-term resident children and young people in the UK (2017); and ‘Rights without remedies: Legal aid and access to justice for children’ (2018).
Outside of work, Kamena lives in Suffolk with her two children. She loves cooking, antiques and spending as much time at the seaside as possible.
Karolina Kozlowicz – Head of Advocacy Support
Karolina co-ordinates Article 39’s Children and Young People’s Advocates Network – a community of independent advocates and advocacy mangers across England dedicated to providing excellent advocacy to children and young people. Karolina also leads on the design and delivery of Article 39 training and specialist resources for advocates.
Karolina’s background is in law and human rights, and before joining Article 39 she worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years, including at Rape Crisis England & Wales, Unicef UK, Ealing Community and Voluntary Service and Centrepoint.
Outside of work, Karolina is a keen hiker, and she loves spending time outdoors in nature. She also enjoys music, books and cooking.
Mari Sutherland – Assistant to Director
Mari came out of retirement to join Article 39 to provide administrative support. She brings to the role a passion for admin, a love of data and a number of years experience working in secondary schools and units for children outside mainstream education.
Outside of charity work, Mari likes to spend time with her two flat-coated retrievers and pottering in her new potting shed.