Troublesome Lorraine behaved erratically from the outset, causing Carol to be late for work at The Woolpack several times as a result. The pair eventually fell out, and Lorraine ended up staying at Lynn Whiteley's cottage, living with Lynn, Peter, and Michael Feldmann.
Whilst living there, Lorraine confided in both Lynn and Carol that her father, Derek, had sexually abused her from a young age, and Lynn took Lorraine to the police to report it. Lorraine explained that she wanted to open up about it now to protect the daughter of Derek's new girlfriend, a girl named Jenny, from the same fate. Carol was disbelieving at first but eventually came round.
Social services became involved and informed Lorraine and Carol that Derek would be closely monitored from now on, and brought to justice. However at a later date, another social worker informed a devastated Lorraine that the Crown Prosecution Service did not feel there was enough evidence to realistically prosecute Derek, though he would remain closely monitored.
Elsewhere in her life, Lorraine enjoyed blackmailing Michael over his stalking of Rachel Hughes, which continued after Lorraine moved back in with Carol in early 1993. There was still occasional friction after Lorraine moved back in with Carol, including on her 16th birthday when she stood up to some boys who were sexually harassing her, but overall mother and daughter were getting along better.
Things soon got difficult for Lorraine again when a falling out with best friend, Debbie, lead to her quitting school just months before her GCSEs. Lorraine was upset when she saw Debbie kissing Mark Hughes and threw a brick through Mark's chalet window. The following day, Carol was stunned when Lorraine informed her that she'd quit school and taken a job at a canning factory in Hotten. When Carol's attempts to make her daughter see sense fell on deaf ears, she paid a visit to Lorraine's boss and demanded he sack her. Lorraine was furious when she discovered that Carol was the reason she'd lost her job and went even further off the rails by getting dressed up and storming out of the house, giving Carol no indication as to where she was going or when she'd be back. Lorraine returned home later that day in a terrible state, having visited a dodgy pub in Skipdale. Carol's attempts to comfort Lorraine proved futile so she called in the services of Lorraine's social worker, Beth Anderson, who made her see that speaking to a professional was the only way she was going to get over the abuse she'd suffered. Lorraine eventually agreed to see a therapist and returned to school just in time to sit her exams.
After completing her exams, Lorraine began looking for a summer job and after trying and failing to find a job at the Holiday Village, was taken on at Emmerdale Farm. Whilst there, Lorraine helped young Robert Sugden nurse an injured barn owl and taught him how to draw the wild birds of the area. Lorraine's artistic talents came in handy later on in the summer when she, Debbie and Mark Hughes created a village gossip sheet, with Lorraine providing the illustrations. The gossip sheet caused a mixture of upset and amusement in the village and although most residents guessed who was responsible, they were unable to prove it. Shirley Foster and Alan Turner, the butt of many of the jokes, cooked up a fake Hotten Courier story on the trio, leading to them breaking cover and being rumbled. Alan didn't hold it against Lorraine and was delighted when she presented him with a caricature she'd drawn of him, which had won first place in a competition in the Hotten Courier.