I can carry out full, comprehensive and independent assessments for any matters relating to children and families. This could include assessments on parenting capacity, skills to foster or on young people with complex backgrounds.
While working as a social work manager, I had responsibility for team development, and would be able to offer training sessions on areas such as child protection and support to looked after children.
I am a qualified practice teacher and work with Learning Network West to offer quality support to social work students during placements.
I have worked as a manager in social work for over seven years, and as such could provide quality supervision to staff members, or external supervision to services involved in caring for children and young people.
I am able to offer consultation and support to staff groups working with children, young people and families where the situation is complex. The aim would be to help staff provide appropriate intervention to help service users improve their wellbeing.
One of my main skills is my ability to form positive relationships with children, young people and their families. I would be able to carry out specific, focussed work. I would also be able to work with young people who are living a significant distance away from home, and where it might be challenging for their own social worker to offer intensive support.
As a former inspector of children’s services, I am able to support services either before inspection to improve the care they offer and likely gradings, or after inspection to support completion of agreed action plans.
There are currently a lot of opportunities to change how we do social work in this country for children and young people. The independent care review, for instance, creates a fantastic chance to open the debate about what young people really need. With this in mind, I am open to working with other organisations to carry out research to support the development of policies which will see our young people thrive.