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Savinder Bhogal

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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.

Peter Horrocks

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After twenty years as a Social Worker, Team Manager and Senior Manager in the statutory and voluntary sectors, I now work as an Independent Social Worker. I undertake a wide range of different assessments, including complex Court work, parenting assessments, kinship assessments and SGO reports among others. My knowledge of other European and South American languages and cultures allows me to undertake relevant assessments overseas. I undertake assessments in immigration and asylum cases. A report submitted to the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) was named as a key document in a recent determination Re: MF(Article 8-New rules)Nigeria. Web: www.peter-horrocks.co.uk.

Angella Wells

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I am involved in all aspects of court related family work, undertaking safeguarding/parenting assessments, report writing, delivering training and case file auditing. I am competent in PAMs assessments and have an interest in evidence-based intervention models of assessment/teaching such as Triple P parenting and various strengthening families’ models. I have previously worked as a Child’s Guardian/IRO advocating and supporting children and young people. More recently I have been involved in strategic management with oversight of a range of quality assurance functions, including policies/procedures, performance management, inspection preparation, contextual safeguarding of vulnerable adolescents and serious case review learning.

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.

Noel Beckett

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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.

Fareena Shaheed

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I qualified as a Social Worker in 1996 and commenced work in a local authority, undertaking the full range of statutory intervention. After working with an Independent Fostering Provider I joined Cafcass as a Family Court Adviser, then progressing to Service Manager. I later returned to local authority practice in a QA and Practice Development role. As an Independent Practitioner I provide a broad range of assessments, including parenting, issues of immigration, and Adoption and Fostering assessments. I have IRO experience, and contributed the OU SW degree course as an Associate Lecturer. I regularly design and deliver training for practitioners.

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.

Helena Ware

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I qualified almost 40 years ago. I worked in a local authority and as senior psychiatric social worker, in Child and Family and Psychiatry. I am a Children’s Guardian and a caseworker for NYAS. I undertake independent social work assessments of parents and family in public law. I have travelled to Morocco, Ethiopia, Brazil, USA, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Portugal, Caribbean, South Africa, Nigeria, Israel, Slovakia and Greece. In private law, I have assessed for contact residence and Leave to remove from the jurisdiction. I am PAMs trained. I have assessed in respect of Forced Marriage Protection Order

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.

Faith Weekes

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I have worked within the child care and child protection field for over 25 years, as a nursery officer, social worker and Children’s Guardian, the last 10 years as a Children’s Guardian and independent social worker. As an independent social worker I have completed a large number of assessments and reports for court in both private and public law proceedings. I have also completed a large number of parenting/fostering/special guardianship and kinship assessments for local authorities. I regard myself as child focused, fair and balanced in terms of my assessments and views.