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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sue Justice

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After qualifying as a social worker in 1975 I worked in local authority children and families teams up until 1991 as a social worker and later as team manager. I then started working as a children’s guardian in London representing children in public law proceedings which I have continued to do on a part time basis since. From 1992-1995 I was part-time Panel Manager for the Buckinghamshire Guardian Panel (pre-Cafcass). In 2001 I started working as an independent social worker. I have taken work from local authorities, solicitors, NYAS and have been instructed as an expert witness in family proceedings. I have prepared many reports and given evidence on many occasions. I have developed a particular interest in children under 5, NAI, attachment issues and also families of African-Caribbean heritage.

Phil Beauchamp

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As a qualified practitioner since 1984 as a manager & practitioner within statutory frontline Children and family’s services, I have also undertaken ASW/AMHP duties since 1990. Having lived and worked in London for fourteen years, I now work in the South West for a Local Authority and for CAFCASS as a Children’s Guardian and Family Court Advisor and for the National Youth Advocacy Service. I also Chair CP conferences & LAC reviews and have worked as an Investigating Officer into complaint enquiries. I undertake commissions from solicitors to undertake parenting /kinship assessments for families involved in court proceedings. An outline CV is available upon request.

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

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.

Judith Ann Fournel

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Before qualifying as a social worker in 1980, I worked as a marriage guidance counsellor. I worked for 25 years for local authorities, in both mental health and children & families teams, and for 10 years I managed an adoption and fostering team and was a member of the agency’s adoption and permanence panel. I then managed a residential parenting assessment unit for three years before returning to practice as a senior practitioner. Since 2001, I have worked as a children’s guardian and independent social worker, providing expert witness parenting assessment reports in the family courts.