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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Surinder Kumari

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I have considerable experience of court processes and have undertaken numerous assessments for the courts on different aspects including Parenting, Friends and Family Assessments, Sibling attachment, Core Assessments, Social Work Assessments, Contact and Risk Assessments. Some of these have been complex pieces of work with families where there have been child deaths/torture, surrogacy and forced marriages. I am trained to undertake Parenting assessments using the PAMS assessment tool parents with learning difficulties and undertaken the teachings. I am passionate about working with families and presenting good quality assessments to assist the decision making process for children and their families.