How did you become a social worker?
I have been in social work since 1986, initially working in child protection within the local authority. In 1995 I took up a post as a Fostering and Adoption Social Worker, and since that time these areas have been my specialism. I have had the opportunity to work at a senior management level with the ability to shape and develop services, which is probably one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.
I joined the Fostering Foundation in October 2018, having been drawn to its commitment to carer and children’s welfare, stability of long term placements and investment in training and support. Although the Foundation is a relatively small agency it prides itself on the quality of training and development for staff and carers and the positive impact that has on the children we care for
Listening to foster carers and the children they care for and including their views and experience in any plans for the Fostering Foundation is for me a crucial element of my role and one that I value a great deal.
Do you have any pets?
I have a dog “Teddy”, who is a 3 year old Shi poo (Shih Tzu poodle cross) and can often be found under my desk when I am in the office. He joined the interview panel for our recently appointed social work post although he did not get a vote!
Most rewarding aspect of your job?
Supporting and mentoring staff to enable them to develop and grow their knowledge and experience, so that they can support our foster carers and the children they care for.