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Arthur Gajewski

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My name is Arthur Gajewski and I am the founder and managing director of AG Family Support Ltd (AGFS) and an independent social worker (native- Polish speaking). I am a trainer in the area of assessment work with Eastern European families in the context of child protection and care proceedings in the UK. AGFS offers independent assessment/consultancy services to local authorities, solicitors and the public. AGFS is a nation-wide organisation specialising in the provision of social work assessment, bi-lingual family support work and contact supervision services in public and private law arenas. Many of AGFS employees are bi-lingual professionals from Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Russia and Slovakia. AGFS can undertake assessments/provide support in any area of the United Kingdom and the world.

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

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.

Barbara Lockhart-Gleeson

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I have been a qualified social worker since 1981 and currently work part time in child mental health services in a national specialist team. I have worked regularly as an independent social worker providing reports to the courts since 2007, and have experience in both public and private law proceedings. I have also provided reports in the Netherlands. I have particular expertise in children with neuro-psychiatric disorders and mothers with mental health difficulties. Occasional availability at short notice in London and South East.

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.

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.

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.

Kev Stroud

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I am an Independent Social Worker and Social Work Consultant with nearly 30 years experience of practice and management in social care services, primarily in local authority child protection work. I have worked in various teams - assessment, care planning and court work included - and dealt with a wide range of risk issues for children. I began working independently in 2016. I have well developed assessment, care planning, supervisory and report writing skills. My interests are in improving the effectiveness and quality of services and ensuring good assessment, planning and long-term outcomes for children and families.

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.

Patricia Sweeney

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I have been a Senior Social Worker working in Ireland’s largest local Authority where I assisted individuals and families to live independently whilst encouraging safe and secure communities. During this time, I completed a Masters in Mental Health, with a particular focus on forensic mental health and housing (published) and have also undertaken research for the Dublin Region Homeless Executive. I’ve worked with multiple internal and external stakeholders in developing and completing housing assessments for sex offenders. I am currently practicing as a mediator in community mediation. With over 20 years’ experience in social work, I am a member of CORU and the IASW (Irish Association of Social Workers).