We work with a core team of associates, who meet regularly with us to review our training materials and develop their skills. As well as this core team we have a number of trusted colleagues who we can call on to deliver on specialist subjects.
Martin Bailey has over 25 years of experience working in a large public sector organisation working with children, families, staff, partner organisations, senior managers and Members. He has considerable experience in improving safeguarding for children and young people in a range of settings. Martin has a special interest in Communicating and Engaging with Resistant and Reluctant Parents and Child Participation, Neglect and the Graded Care Profile; Working with Sexually Harmful Behaviour. He has trained many hundreds of staff, mentored individuals and spoken at national, regional and local conferences. Martin has also undertaken research and developed guidance and training for the subject areas mentioned above.
Brian Boxall is a retired Detective Superintendent. He was the professional lead for Public Protection in Surrey encompassing, child protection, vulnerable adult protection, domestic abuse, sex and dangerous offenders and missing persons. Brian is interested in all aspects of safeguarding, is the chair of an LSCB and has completed the Government of London/Tavistock accredited training for chairs of SCR’s and Overview Report Authors.
Lynn Buckle is a qualified social worker and trainer. Lynn has excellent communication skills and is able to instantly engage and build rapport in order to work with people to facilitate change in settings as diverse as training and therapeutic work.
Rebecca Carr-Hopkins is a qualified social work practitioner with twenty years experience of working with children and their families. She is an experienced supervisor of social workers with excellent communication and training delivery skills, and has substantial experience of undertaking and supervising social work assessments, offering a full range of social work assessment services to Local Authorities and the Courts. Rebecca has considerable skills as an expert witness, Children’s Guardian and in engaging with a wide variety of groups to deliver effective training firmly grounded in the reality of social work practice.
Louise Doherty has worked in the NHS as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and named nurse safeguarding children for nearly 30 years, with over 15 years’ experience in children’s safeguarding. Louise is passionate about delivering high quality, child focused care and has extensive training experience. Louise has held numerous senior safeguarding positions in Community Healthcare, areas of special interest include; safeguarding supervision, domestic abuse and the effects on children and female genital Mutilation. She is a collaborative worker who strives for excellence for children and families accessing community health services with ability to challenge, support and develop practitioners’ knowledge and competencies to achieve improved outcomes and health for children.
Juliette Francis has over 18 years’ experience delivering a range of training relating to working with disabled children, young people, adults and their families. Creative and flexible, Juliette is able to adapt her approach to training accordingly, as she is passionate about the subject material and totally committed to facilitating the development of other people and organisations and achieving a positive learning environment.
Jeremy Frankel has over twenty years experience in child protection and related work in health, local authority, independent and multi-agency settings. He is a qualified social worker and has worked at various levels – practitioner, manager, trainer, co-ordinator, consultant and policy analyst – and his approach is influenced by a combination of critical and dynamic theory, aiming to develop solutions in partnership with commissioning organisations.
Linda Gast is an independent Trainer and Consultant. She has been training supervisors of social care staff for sixteen years and views this area of work as her priority, ensuring the best possible quality of service delivery. Previously with Midlands Probation Training Consortium for nine years, Linda has in-depth experience as a community service co-ordinator, probation officer and probation manager in both urban and rural settings.
Coral Hatton is a qualified social worker and teacher. An energetic, imaginative and innovative individual with over 35 years experience working with children and families where abuse is an issue. She has a pro-active commitment to quality professional social work and training and is highly experienced in complex assessment .
Phil Heasman is a qualified social worker, trainer/educator and researcher committed to working in partnership to enhance the well-being and promote the rights of children and young people, their parents, carers and families in the context of neighbourhoods and communities.
Gary Humphreys has many years’ experience as a qualified social worker (children) and consultant trainer, providing supervision to social workers and care managers for over ten years.
Helen Johnson qualified as asocial worker in 1999 and worked for many years in local government social services departments, particularly in working with children with permanence plans and their carers/adopters. She also has experience of front line child protection. Helen has a particular interest in attachment, evidence based assessments of the same and the manner in which these can inform social work practice, planning and interventions. For the last 6 years she has specialised in providing specialist assessments, consultation, training and direct therapeutic work to local authorities, adoption and fostering agencies and both birth and adoptive/foster families as an independent social worker.
Kim Joliffe is a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS. She has specialised in working with individuals with severe and enduring mental health problems and those who misuse substances (both legal and illicit). More recently Kim has attained a post-doctorate diploma in neuropsychology and has experience working with issues primarily facing older adults, such as dementia and stroke. Kim has been a practitioner of Motivational Interviewing since 1998 and completed her training, with the founders of the approach, to become a Trainer in 2006. She delivers regular training within her role in the NHS and to private organisations. Kim has delivered training in MI to a range of professionals including those working in statutory and voluntary addiction services, mental health teams at primary and secondary care, unexplained medical conditions, pain and chronic fatigue services. Kim is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organisation committed to best practice in Motivational Interviewing, of which the authors of the approach (Miller & Rollnick) are members.
Sue Lightbown is a dynamic professional and excellent communicator Sue is able to offer a range of practice development options to support front line managers and practitioners. Always promoting best professional social work practice and positive outcomes for children and adults in line with the requirements of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for Social Workers.
Sonia Mayor is a Clinical Supervisor and trainer. She supervises a range of practitioners in health and social care settings, providing training and restorative supervision. Sonia is passionate about creating a safe space where practitioners can have an honest dialogue and see that their biggest challenges can often be their greatest opportunities. Prior to this, she has managed high profile children’s policy initiatives for the Department for Education and the Children’s Workforce Development Council, including policy lead for children’s centres, the early years 10 year childcare strategy and safeguarding. She has championed the voice of looked after children and successfully co-designed services with ‘hard to reach’ communities.
Fiona Mainstone is a qualified social worker, energetic and creative senior lecturer, independent consultant and trainer, working primarily in the field of child welfare, safeguarding and protection.
Rachel Moran is a qualified social worker of 18 years, working in the voluntary and statuary sector as both practitioner and manager. She has developed solid foundational skills in partnership, relational based social work and the use of evidence based interventions to good effect with hard to engage groups. Advocating both for good practice in social work and on behalf of marginalised groups has been to key to her role, alongside competent management and supervision of a large multi- disciplinary team. Her specialism is parental substance misuse and the impact on children. Rachel is also a Help Desk Expert for the College of Social Work.
Phillida Miles worked for the NHS and Social Services for over fifteen years in a wide range of social and health care settings and, as well as extensive experience as a social work practitioner, she has also supervised and managed teams of staff. As a consultant and trainer, she has completed a range of commissions within both adult and child care fields and designs and delivers a regular programme of training, covering various aspects of professional social work practice.
Ushma Patel has over 18 years front-line, operational and strategic experience as a Children’s Services, Health and Social Care Professional. She is well-versed with the safeguarding children agenda, with a proven track record in delivering outcomes, through building strong partnerships, strategic planning and management of multiple multi-agency projects. Ushma is an effective communicator who is motivated by achieving better outcomes for children and embracing personal growth opportunities.
Bridget Rothwell is a Registered Social Worker , experienced and effective trainer and consultant, working in the private, public and non-profit making sectors. She has extensive experience of promoting a learning organisation/culture, with skills and competencies in facilitating leadership and management development, team effectiveness and change management processes.
Barbara Simpson is an experienced trainer, consultant and social work practitioner. Barbara’s career began as a police officer and, following her social work training, she worked for the NSPCC. She has also worked for SSAFA in Germany, was training advisor to the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Board and Senior Training Officer for Lincolnshire County Council.
Caroline Skinner is a registered social worker with over twenty years’ experience working in and around social work agencies, specialising in child protection, family centre management, fostering, substance misuse, social work management and more recently, front line mental health work. In addition, she has freelance experience of management in Children’s Services, training and practice education in social work.
Penny Sturt is a qualified social worker, holding an Advanced Award in Social Work and the Practice Teacher’s Award. Penny has 20 years extensive experience working with children and families, including working alongside health colleagues in delivering multi-disciplinary services to families affected by mental ill health or disorder. She is highly skilled in risk assessment and obtaining and analysing information relating to how families operate and how to safeguard children and young people within them. She has been an expert witness in child care proceeds and has taught qualifying courses in social work and currently teaches on the post qualifying specialist child care award.
Richard Swann is a qualified social worker, holding an Advanced Award in Social Work and is a highly skilled and experienced trainer. Over the last ten years, he has specialised in investigative, assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people at harm.
Rhian Taylor is an experienced social worker with over 18 years experience of working with vulnerable young people. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Kent. Prior to this she combined being a Practice Manager in a local authority with teaching and training at the Open University. She has worked with Looked After Children, care leavers, unaccompanied minors, and has many years experience of working in youth justice. Rhian is an experienced manager and supervisor of staff. She has a particular interest in staff supervision and reflective practice, having completed a research project on supervision within her local authority.
Carla Thomas is a self-motivated, enthusiastic and hard-working professional, with a wide range of experience in Social Work and Safeguarding Children. A social worker for almost thirty years, working with children (family support, child protection and court work) as well as in adult mental health, Carla has produced a number of training manuals and material including safeguarding resources for education setting. She is an excellent communicator with natural analytical and problem solving skills.
Mel Thornton is a qualified Social Worker, has qualifications in teaching to advanced level enabling her to teach in universities and has experience in all aspects of the training cycle. She is a facilitator, trainer and consultant, as well as a social care practitioner and has worked in many different settings as well as managing a service.
Colin Walke is a qualified teacher and retired police officer. He joined the Surrey Constabulary in 1980 and specialised in multi-agency child protection and Safeguarding training for 14 years. He has the benefit of not only being an excellent and motivational trainer, but has also had experience on the front line. During his time with Surrey Police, he received the “Surrey Award For Achievement” for his work relating to Child Protection.
Jackie Webb is a Social Work Practice Manager in a Childcare Team. Jackie is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organisation committed to best practice in Motivational Interviewing. The authors of the approach, William Miller and Stephen Rollnick are members. Jackie is also a member of the UK MINT. Since being trained as a trainer with MINT in 2010, Jackie has delivered MI training to a range of practitioners including GPs, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, specialist substance misuse workers and Psychologists and Psychiatrists. Jackie qualified as a Social Worker in 1995 and has worked as a Youth Justice Social Worker, Probation officer, Specialist Social Worker in substance misuse and as a Practice Manager in a childcare team.
Jane Wiffin is an experienced and motivational trainer, qualified social worker and consultant who has worked in the public services for over 30 years. She is a social work educator for graduates and postgraduates and is committed to improving the quality of services to children, young people and their families by improving practice at all levels.