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Gill Timmis

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I am an independent social worker with over 25 years experience of children and families social work. My expertise is in the following areas: independent parenting and risk assessments; assessments of prospective adopters and kinship assessments; representation of children as CAFCASS Children’s Guardian and in private law disputes concerning contact, residence and removal from the jurisdiction, appointed by the National Youth Advocacy Service. I have trained social workers and CAFCASS practitioners in child care legislation and practice, adoption and children’s rights and participation. I have published research and professional articles. I have worked in Bulgaria and Ethiopia running workshops in child care practice and legislation. I have knowledge of practice and have social work and legal contacts in Bulgaria and Ethiopia to enable me to provide advice in relation to international cases.

Karen Singer

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Since qualifying I had been a Social Worker and Senior Practitioner in several London Boroughs and in Avon prior to my current work as an Independent Social Worker and self employed Children’s Guardian. I had also been a tutor at Bristol University specialising in Family and Child Care issues relevant to Courts and with clarity of evidence and in reports. I have 30 years full time professional experience in a wide range of complex family situations including those requiring sensitivity and cultural awareness, and a particular concern for sibling contact to be established, maintained and advocated.

Elena Sandrini

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I have 38 years experience of working with children and families gained in England, mainland Europe and some third world countries. I specialise in undertaking complex risk and kinship assessments in the UK and abroad, especially in third world states. I have considerable experience in assisting parties to identify common grounds and to enable conciliation when to do so is realistic and appropriate. I have a proven ability to work with those whose ability to care for them is impaired by learning disability of by the effect of substance misuse. I am a strong and effective motivator. I am a trained mediator, I am fluent in Italian and I am approved by the Italian Consulate to undertake assessments in Italy and my work is recognised by the Italian Courts. I have undertaken training as a coach with animas and I available to coach and mediate in English and Italian.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Maxine Harris

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After qualifying as a social worker in 1998 I worked in a local authority children and families team mainly in child protection. I commenced independent work in 2003 working initially as a Childrens’ Guardian representing children in public law proceedings. I presently do independent work with local authorities and private fostering agencies. I have prepared numerous reports for court and have acted as an expert witness in family proceedings. I have knowledge of the Islamic culture, dual and mixed heritage families, lesbian and gay partnerships, family assessments, sibling relationships and family contacts. I have chaired child protection and family group conferences and fostering panels.