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Yvonne Wilson

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I have 27 years social work experience in Children and Families within Child Protection in London and as a Guardian in London and Kent. With my black afro-caribbean background I have acted as a self-employed ISW and Children’s Guardian in public and private law cases for thirteen years. Worked with families where concerns encompass neglect and child protection, substance misuse, domestic violence, mental health and learning difficulties. Undertook ASW training in 1991; have experience of cultural issues, complex assessments where children are rehabilitated to their families and also sibling contact during and post proceedings. Have undertaken Special Guardianship reports, Form F Assessments and Adoption PAR Assessments and worked as a Senior Adoption Social Worker and Supervising Social Worker and IRO.

Heather Pritchard

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I have extensive experience as a social worker and as a child and adolescent mental health practitioner working in multi professional settings. I have managed child and adolescent services in London and the North West and have headed up a children and families service in the North East of Scotland. I have a special interest in working with children who have witnessed violence, in supporting foster carers and adopters, in practice learning and multi-professional working and have authored reports on this. I am registered with GSCC and SSSC and I am a member of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations

Maswood Ahmed

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Experienced PAMS Trained Independent Social Worker throughout England and Wales. Over 30 years Social Care experience, 17 years as Local Authority Social Work Team Manager. International social work experience including assessment, placement and supervision of children. Expertise in Asian, African, Eastern European, Sudanese, Somalian, middle-Eastern culture, language, religion, including Islam and Muslims. Bangladeshi, Sylheti, Bengali, cultural expert. Learning Disability, mental health and complex parenting/risk assessments. Case management and investigation involving Forced Marriage, Black Magic, Domestic Violence, child sexual exploitation, emotional, physical, sexual abuse and neglect. Independent immigration Tribunal reports. Experienced Expert witness. Expertise in Connected Persons, Special Guardianship (SGO) assessments and Age Assessments.

Paul Levy

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My background is in residential social care and charitable organisation settings and I have been practising as an ISW since 2004. Since this time I have provided social work services in both statutory and voluntary settings ranging from front line interim management, expert witness assessments for the court in public and private law proceedings, including PAMS Assessments. I carry out Home Office age assessments and the role of Investigating Officer in the Stage Two complaint process as well as Stage Three Review Panel Chair. I also chair Foster Carer Annual Reviews of Approval. CV available on request.

Arthur Gajewski

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My name is Arthur Gajewski and I am the founder and managing director of AG Family Support Ltd (AGFS) and an independent social worker (native- Polish speaking). I am a trainer in the area of assessment work with Eastern European families in the context of child protection and care proceedings in the UK. AGFS offers independent assessment/consultancy services to local authorities, solicitors and the public. AGFS is a nation-wide organisation specialising in the provision of social work assessment, bi-lingual family support work and contact supervision services in public and private law arenas. Many of AGFS employees are bi-lingual professionals from Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia and Slovakia. AGFS can undertake assessments/provide support in any area of the United Kingdom and the world.

Blossom Francis

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During 15 years of post qualifying experience in children and families front line service, I have gained invaluable experience of various facets such as parental substance misuse, parental mental health, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, honour based violence, to name a few. My Asian/Indian background and awareness of cultural issues benefit my assessment and intervention with various Asian and ethnic minority communities. My ability to speak, read and write Hindi and Gujarati is the cherry on top as I am able to tender my services to a larger population. I have undertaken parenting assessments, risk assessments, Pams, SGO assessments and viability assessments.

Kathleen Kirk

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I have worked as an independent social worker and play therapist since 1995 in the court and private settings. I have run my own private therapy service since 1996 specializing in the assessment of parenting capacity, play therapy, assessing parent/child attachments and sibling assessments as well as running the Webster Stratton Parenting courses basic and advanced for groups and individuals. I worked as a community therapist for East Hants PCT for 2 ½ years where I specialised in permanence and adoption work; I offer brief attachment therapy for adults, short term theraplay and non directive play therapy.

Alison Austin

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My early career was spent working at a psychiatric hospital and then as a social worker in a busy London Borough where I was a Fostering and Adoption Officer. I have been a Children’s Guardian since 1984 and more recently I have been writing independent reports as an expert witness in family proceedings. I have also carried out many Home Study Assessments for both Inter-Country and Domestic Adoptions and have experience of guiding applicants through the Court process and preparing Rule 29 Reports.

Ann Buckley

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Ann Buckley is a very experienced Children’s Guardian (since 1984) and Independent Child Care Social Worker and Consultant. She is also an advocate for foster carers, and interviews for the Children Panel at the Law Society. Her expertise lies in mainstream assessments regarding families. She has a wide range of experience of assessing Kinship Carers, and enjoys the challenge of dealing with families from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Investigations cover such areas as mental health, learning difficulties, sexual and physical abuse, domestic violence and other related areas. She keeps up to date with current research and changes in legislation, and is able to adapt to necessary changes that take place.

Lynda Beat

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After qualifying as a social worker in 1983 I have worked as a local authority social worker including in specialist mental health and child protection teams for 9 years. I have worked as a counsellor for the London Rape Crisis Centre, for the Pregnancy Advisory Service and for the NSPCC helpline. I was team manager in a local social services office for 4 years and have worked as a social worker for CAMHS. I have a particular interest in parents who have learning disability, depression and drug and alcohol difficulties. Since 1995 I have worked as a children’s guardian and since 2006 have acted as an independent social work expert providing assessments of carers and looking at contact disputes in private law proceedings.