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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, SGO assessments and viability assessments.

Clare Mowbray

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Clare Mowbray is a self employed Children’s Guardian/Family Court Adviser and Independent practitioner and practice teacher. Clare’s Cafcass work is within Gloucestershire, the independent practice is outside Gloucestershire. Independent work includes assessments in public and private law cases of parents and grandparents etc, assessments of prospective foster cases and file reviews in respect of social services provision. The training of Guardians, social workers and other professionals is carried out through Cafcass and independent assignments. Clare has a particular interest in mental health and adoption issues and markets her own report writing skills course for social workers.

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

Susan Brookman

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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.

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).

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.

Henrietta Coker

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I complete children and families assessments across Africa. I am registered with HCPC and the Nigerian Association of Social Workers (NASOW). I am currently processing my application to the Ghana Association of Social Workers. I have completed work in Cameroon, Ghana, Angola, Egypt, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Congo and the Republic of Benin. I have completed assessments in remote, rural communities, urban communities, informal settlements and UN refugee camps. My work often involves traveling to places viewed as dangerous territories (note my article https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dangerous-territory-social-worker-henrietta-coker). I complete children and families assessments across Africa. I am registered with HCPC and the Nigerian Association of Social Workers (NASOW). I am currently processing my application to the Ghana Association of Social Workers. I have completed work in Cameroon, Ghana, Angola, Egypt, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Congo and the Republic of Benin. I have completed assessments in remote, rural communities, urban communities, informal settlements and UN refugee camps. My work often involves traveling to places viewed as dangerous territories (note my article https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dangerous-territory-social-worker-henrietta-coker). I complete children and families assessments across Africa. I am registered with HCPC and the Nigerian Association of Social Workers (NASOW). I am currently processing my application to the Ghana Association of Social Workers. I have completed work in Cameroon, Ghana, Angola, Egypt, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Congo and the Republic of Benin. I have completed assessments in remote, rural communities, urban communities, informal settlements and UN refugee camps. My work often involves traveling to places viewed as dangerous territories (note my article https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dangerous-territory-social-worker-henrietta-coker). I complete children and families assessments across Africa. I am registered with HCPC and the Nigerian Association of Social Workers (NASOW). I am currently processing my application to the Ghana Association of Social Workers. I have completed work in Cameroon, Ghana, Angola, Egypt, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, Congo and the Republic of Benin. I have completed assessments in remote, rural communities, urban communities, informal settlements and UN refugee camps. My work often involves traveling to places viewed as dangerous territories (note my article https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/dangerous-territory-social-worker-henrietta-coker).

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.

Philippa Hector

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Pippa Hector started Hector Independent Assessments in March 2008 having worked in the statutory sector for over 10 years in Child Protection and Mental Health. She quickly gained a reputation for in-depth assessments and as demand has grown established a small team of Social Workers who offer a comprehensive Parenting and Kinship Assessment service. We have developed a framework for parenting assessments that gives a flexible range from snap shots of parents knowledge to in depth assessments over 12 weeks to analyse not only parental understanding but ability to change patterns of behaviour and promote the needs of their children.

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.