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.
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.
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.
I qualified as a social worker from the University of Huddersfield in 2015. I completed my final placement within the Adoption and Fostering Team at Wakefield Metropolitan Council. My family and I relocated from West Yorkshire to Cheltenham in 2016. I then worked for Gloucestershire County Council as a Fostering Social Worker within the Friends and Families Assessment and Support Team (Kinship or Connected Persons Team).
I joined Community Foster Care as a Supervising Social Worker in July 2019. I’ve had the best few months of learning and working closely with dedicated foster carers and staff. I believe that together we will continue to provide the highest level of care, and support the children to achieve the best outcomes for the future. I am passionate about working within a team that is child-centred and that aims to improve the life chances and choices of all children and young people in our care.
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.
I’ve wanted to be a social worker since I was 14 – fostering has always been a part of my life and I’ve seen it from both sides; my parents were foster carers before I was born and returned to fostering when I went to university. I was brought up in Bristol and have a degree in Social Work from the University of Glamorgan in Cardiff. After my degree, I spent more than three years working for North Somerset Council, dealing with every aspect of social care including family support, child protection, adoption and family breakdown.