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Ann Buckley


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


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.

Noel Beckett


I have over twenty years of social work experience offering a range of assessment, programmes and other independent social work services focused towards families where there are child protection concerns and/or where Care Proceedings have commenced or are being considered. I offer a child focused professional service to solicitors, local authorities and independent organizations. In addition I provide training and consultancy throughout the UK, in areas such as Professional Coaching, and Supervision, domestic violence, safeguarding, risk assessment and analysis, drug and alcohol abuse, I am able to provide assessments to parents with a learning disability am also able to provide.

Jeffrey Baker


I am a former frontline Local Authority social worker and manager, children’s guardian, IRO and LADO. Qualified in NYC, I have worked in jails, psychiatric hospitals and family centres; and independently in the UK family court since 2014. I have written more than 300 reports for the family court; and have given oral evidence in every Greater London court and across the country. I have additional training in psychotherapy, counselling, and academic writing (also published). I take a compassionate, principled and analytical approach to assessment, direct work and consultations, with an emphasis on social justice, human rights and ethical, anti-discriminatory/anti-oppressive social work practice.

Kathy Butcher


During many years of experience in social work and social work management, I have had thorough involvement in all aspects of court-related family work and have experience of parenting and kinship assessments, appraisal, mentoring, training on a number of topics, complaint investigation and professional consultation. I have been a Children’s Guardian for 20 years and I also have 20 years experience as a University Lecturer on both a Professional Social Work course and a Public Sector Management course with a focus on managing diversity.

Savinder Bhogal


I have worked in local authorities as a Specialist Social Worker with children and families since 1983. I have been working as an Independent Social Worker and as an Expert Witness for past 7 years To date I have undertaken considerable work overseas where I use local legal contacts. As I have been working with the families from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh and Africa for almost 25 years I have gained considerable understanding of their language, cultural and religious issues. For past couple of years I have completed a number of assessments in respect of Honour Based Violence, Honour Based Killings, Forced marriages, Sexual Abuse, and Black Magic.

Susan Brookman


I worked in local authority children’s services for 15 years and was as Service Unit Manager for a large children and families team where child protection cases constituted the majority of the work. I started working independently in 1994 as a Children’s Guardian. Since 2001 I have also worked as an Independent Social Worker I have undertaken a range of assessments including parenting capacity, sibling relationships, kinship and SGO assessments. I have undertaken Life Story Work and supported children moving on to permanent placements. I have particular interests in domestic violence, drug and alcohol misuse and parents with learning difficulties.