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Social Workers

Loren Hannah - Senior Supervising Social Worker, Lancashire

I worked in CFC's Cumbria office on a student placement prior to joining the Lancaster Office as a Placement Support Worker in June 2015. Following my graduation, I was appointed to the post of Supervising Social Worker in September 2015. I chose a career in the care sector after leaving school and looking after elderly adults. Meeting foster carers is a huge inspiration; they really are a stepping stone for cared-for children and have a huge impact on their lives.

 

Rebecca Robson - Practice Manager (North), Lancashire

I was brought up in Kendal and qualified with a BA Hons in Social Work at the University of Lancaster in 2010. I have since worked with homeless adults in Lancaster and in residential care working with children and young people. Directly before joining Community Foster Care I was a Social Worker in the Child Protection and Court team for four years, working in Cumbria and then Lancashire. I joined CFC in September 2018. I like the ethos of Community Foster Care – there’s a good family vibe and everyone is passionate about improving the life chances of children in care.

 

Kerri Dodd - Practice Manager (South), Gloucestershire

I was born in London but brought up and lived in North Yorkshire until I moved to Gloucestershire in 2001. I have over 20 years’ experience working with children and families in homeless teams, neighbourhood community projects, domestic abuse refuges, counselling agencies and Local Authorities. I qualified with BSc Hons in Social Work at the University of Gloucestershire in 2011. I am also a qualified integrated counsellor and have a post qualifying diploma in counselling children and young people. I have worked for the past 16 years with two Local Authorities, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire County Council, initially as a social work assistant and then as social worker working with children and young people on child protection plans, child in need plans and in care proceedings. I have worked in Family support team, Children and Families teams and a multi-agency team in the Gloucestershire Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

I joined CFC in January 2020, I really liked the passion, commitment and integrity of the agency with focus on child and young people being at the heart of the agency and the family feel.

 

Paige Wilkinson - Supervising Social Worker, Gloucestershire

Hi! I’m Paige and I joined Community Foster Care in November 2020 as a supervising social worker. I have experience working for Local Authorities in Gloucester and Devon, doing both safeguarding and assessment. I have worked with young people on child in need plans, child protection and supported them through court proceedings. I am really excited to be making this career move, I admire foster carers and what they do for young people.

Outside of work, I am a big lover of music and like to attend gigs ( pre-Covid). I am a huge rugby fan and love to visit Kingsholm to cheer on Gloucester. I also love to travel, experiencing new countries and cultures.

 

Jenny Crudgington - Supervising Social Worker, Wiltshire

I am Supervising Social Worker based at CFC's Royal Wootton Bassett office in Wiltshire. I work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I have over 16 years' experience working with children and families. I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sector, gaining experience in frontline family work, parenting assessments, domestic violence, adoption, fostering, leaving care and unaccompanied minors. I have also worked for five years as a Supervising Social Worker for an IFA. I qualified with an MSc in Social Work from Royal Holloway University of London in 2008.

I am passionate about supporting carers to enable the children and young people they are looking after to have the best possible experiences in their care, supporting them to achieve the best of their abilities and to realise new opportunities and potential.

 

Sian Herrera - Independent Social Worker

Hi, my name is Sian and I am an independent social worker who has always worked in social care settings with children and young people and their families, both as a practitioner and manager. I have worked for both the local government and the voluntary sector; this has included managing fostering and adoption services, a leaving care service, and a residential service for children with complex needs including learning disabilities. I am particularly interested in how foster parents can support children who have experienced early childhood trauma and attachment difficulties to recover.