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Kathy Butcher

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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.

Nicci Levy

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My background is in residential social care settings, working with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and then I went on to specialise in child protection; working in local authorities as a Social Worker, Deputy Manager and Independent Reviewing Officer. Practising as an ISW since 2006 I undertake assessments for the Court in public and private law proceedings including PAMS Assessments. I carry out the role of Investigating Officer and Independent Person in the Stage Two complaint process as well as Stage Three Review Panel Member and I chair Foster Carer Annual Reviews of Approval. CV available on request.

Ranjit Mann

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I have had 29 years experience of assessing children and their families as a Local authority Child Protection Social Worker (including briefly as Team Manager), Children's Guardian, and as an Independent Social Worker since 2008 doing predominantly court related independent Social Work assessments. I have substantial experience of assessing families with issues of drugs and alcohol, mental health difficulties, and domestic violence, and working cross-culturally with families from black, Asian, and ethnic minority backgrounds. I speak fluent Punjabi, and can also communicate in Urdu, and Hindi. I also specialise in international assessments internationally (assessments completed in Rwanda, Ethiopia. Burundi, Tunisia, Argentina, India, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Malaysia, France, and Slovakia). Website: ranjitmann.com

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.

Sarah Saunders

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I have 36 years experience in social work working with children and families within the court system. Following an early career in local authority, I worked as a Guardian (GALRO) between 1984 – 2002. I have undertaken assessments as an Independent Social Worker since 1998. I am used to giving evidence in all tiers of court. I also undertake adoption work. I have experience of chairing LAC reviews and Child Protection Conferences. I am particularly interested in neglect and attachment issues. I also work part time as a Child Protection Advisor.

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).

John Abdullah-Zadeh

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Experienced Independent Social Worker throughout England and Wales. Over 40 years Social Work experience, 21 years Local Authority Social Work &Team Manager. International social work, parenting capacity & kinship assessments. Expertise in cultures, ethnicity, faith, and traditions relating to Asian, African, and European families. Immigration and mental health-related issues. Multilingual

Carole Littlechild

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Whilst working with families to develop & maintain parenting skills, understand traumas associated with neglect & abuse, disrupted care through to alternative permanent parenting - understanding & representing children’s needs throughout has been my focus, as a social worker & manager in front line & adoption, in Court reports, as family mediator, as Children’s Guardian & Adoption Panel Advisor. Latterly I have specialised in developing my understanding of trauma and attachment needs in children. I have over 30 years of providing consultancy, practice supervision & training. I have extensive experience in all matters relating to adoption in England & Wales.

Marie-Louise Perkins

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Qualified for 14 years, with 12 years frontline child protection and Court proceedings work including Team Manager roles in a Local Authority. Most recently I have been the PLO manager whilst providing staff training around court proceedings and involved in several High Court cases. I have completed Fostering assessments (Form F and reg 24) sibling assessments, parenting assessments (including for parents with addition, domestic abuse and mental health concerns), viability assessments for connected persons as well as working as a Cafcass Associate particularly in private law proceedings (Section 7 reports).

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.