Matt Bywater


A qualified social worker and youth worker, Matt began his career in the Probation Service as a PSA in the Swindon Under 21 team; a probation team working with under 21’s with seconded Social Workers in it; a mirror image of what YOTs are and before they were ever thought about! Qualifying as a Probation Officer in the mid 1990’s Matt worked in a variety of settings including Probation Centre, Field Team (with a juvenile justice brief) Courts and Prisons before joining YOTs as a Senior YOT Officer in Wiltshire (including managing the pan Swindon and Wiltshire ISSP), Operations Manager in Swindon YOT and latterly and to date the Service Manager for the Swindon Restorative Youth Services (which includes YOT, Substance Misuse, Youth Counselling and the Adolescent to Parental/Carer Domestic Abuse Programme). On those rare occasions when not working Matt plays in local Squash and Badminton leagues, is involved in several School Governor posts (Including Chair) in local mainstream and specialist schools and most recently has widened his horizons by purchasing a motor home and going off when he can into the yonder; both locally and abroad.