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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).

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.

Heather Pritchard

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I have extensive experience as a social worker and as a child and adolescent mental health practitioner working in multi professional settings. I have managed child and adolescent services in London and the North West and have headed up a children and families service in the North East of Scotland. I have a special interest in working with children who have witnessed violence, in supporting foster carers and adopters, in practice learning and multi-professional working and have authored reports on this. I am registered with GSCC and SSSC and I am a member of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations

Sukhchandan Pal Kaur

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Sukhchandan has extensive experience in working with child protection for over 21 years. Prior to working as a Children’s Guardian and Independent Social Worker in 1999 she worked with the Local Authority Children & Families Team and NSPCC Risk Assessment Project undertaking structured assessments and offering consultation to the Local Authority child protection Social Workers and their managers. Sukhchandan specialises in undertaking comprehensive risk assessments involving Sexual, Physical, Emotional abuse and Neglect, Domestic violence, Drug and Alcohol abuse, Kinship Assessments Direct with children, Forced marriages, Assessment of Contact and Residence in private law proceedings, Intercountry adoption and parenting assessments.

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, Pams, SGO assessments and viability assessments.

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.

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.

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.