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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.

Julia Isikwe Hughes

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I am black of Afro-European heritage. I have worked as a Children and Families’ social worker for Ealing and Staffordshire Social Services departments and since 1995 as a Children’s Guardian. I undertake independent social work parenting assessments for Courts and offer training and consultancy for Guardians and social workers. My specialisms are: West African Culture, Race, Identity and Immigration, international assessments in Germany and Nigeria and therapeutic life story with older children experiencing trauma through abuse or parental disputes. I am a trained psychotherapist for adults and young people. I am Ofsted registered providing adoption support services; www.JIH-counselling.co.uk.

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.

Beverly Newton

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My area of expertise is children and families. I have previously worked in a Local Authority setting as a Senior Social worker dealing with a complex case load including working with disadvantaged families from a variety of backgrounds. I have experience of safeguarding, LAC, Adoption and Fostering and achieving permanency for children. I have worked as a Family Court Advisor for dealing with private law cases and gained extensive experience in the court arena. I have worked as an independent social worker since 2014 undertaking various assignments from local authorities, lawyers and independent agencies.

Judi Lyons

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I have worked as an independent social worker specializing in providing assessments of children and their families, principally involved in Children Act (1989) proceedings since 2004. I have provided reports for local authorities, parents and grandparents in public law proceedings and given evidence in court. I have also conducted parenting assessments in the UK and Europe. Until 2010 I was also a Children’s Guardian, having spent 25 years in this role. I have combined this area of work with being a practice teacher and part-time lecturer in social work. I am a qualified FMA supervisor and work as a family mediator and supervisor in divorce proceedings. I currently train solicitors for the Children Panel.

Heloise Dove

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After qualifying in 1971 I worked continuously in the children and families field of social work for independent, voluntary and statutory organisations, in residential and fieldwork settings, until 1988, including seventeen years in local authorities, six as a manager. For thirteen of these I was also an Approved Social Worker under the 1983 Mental Health Act. Since 1998 I have worked as a Children’s Guardian and Independent Social Worker. As an ISW I have prepared over 150 expert reports including assessments of risk, of needs, of parents and family members, generally within complex court proceedings. I give evidence in Court on a frequent basis.

Eugene McCarthy

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I provide an Assessment Service specialising in Form F, Special Guardianship, Kinship Care, & Art 56 (EU Regs) in relation to the placement of children in Ireland from the UK and other EU jurisdictions. I also provide risk assessment and follow up support and supervision where required. My agency Social Work Solutions Ireland is approved for the purposes of obtaining Garda (Irish Police) Vetting. Irish state registered social worker (www.coru.ie) (Reg. No. 005439) and member Irish Assoc of Social Workers (IASW).

Rose Sheila Dagoo

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After qualifying as a social worker in 1975 I worked in a London Borough with children and families for six years. I next worked for six years as an adoption social worker doing recruitment and assessments of prospective adopters, supporting children with separation & attachment issues and sitting on an adoption panel. I was a Children’s Guardian for 16 years in the London region. I currently work as an adoption counsellor with birth parents whose children have been removed from them and with families caring for children permanently. I have been working as an independent social worker for the family courts since 2006.

Karl Hedges

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I have over 15 years experience within children’s services and qualified as a Social Worker in 2009. I have practiced exclusively with children and families across a number of Local Authorities in the UK and overseas. I have worked with children and their families as a Social Worker, Team Manager and Independent Reviewing Officer/Conference Chair. I have significant experience in both public and private Court work. My particular interest is in neglect and parents capacity to make and sustain change. I also hold a PAMS license and specialise in PAMS assessments. I am particularly experienced in the Signs of Safety Model

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.