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Who We Are

Stephen Pizzey

Chair of the Board of Directors

Stephen has been a practising social worker in the field of child care since 1976. He is Chair of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Training.  He was the Head of the Social Work Department at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and shared responsibility for child protection at the hospital. He has been the Independent Chair of an Area Child Protection Committee and held a part time position as a lecturer in social work. Now he undertakes a range of independent social work assessments in care proceedings, reports in actions for damages against local authorities including cases of historical abuse and prepares Serious Case Reviews under Working Together to Safeguard Children. Stephen co-wrote the training manuals for delivering training on the HOME Inventory, The Family Assessment and the Safeguarding Assessment and Analysis Framework.  He delivers training both in the UK and internationally.

Doctor Arnon Bentovim

Founding Director

Arnon is a Child and Family Psychiatrist, and Director of Child and Family Training. He trained as a Psycho-Analyst and Family Therapist and worked at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic. He is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Holloway University of London. At Great Ormond Street he shared responsibility for Child Protection at the Hospital, and helped to initiate a number of services including the first Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service in the UK, and a Child Care Consultation Service. Research on Family Assessment formed the basis of the tools commissioned by the Department of Health to support the Assessment Framework. Child and Family Training was established to provide training and further developments.

Fay Berry

Director

Fay has been a qualified Social Worker since 1989 and has a BA Applied Social Studies, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and MA Socio-Legal Studies (Children). She has held posts in fieldwork Children and Families teams in Derbyshire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire as a practitioner and manager and also has experience in the areas of fostering and practice education. Fay currently works as an Independent Reviewing Officer in North Yorkshire, chairing Child Protection Conferences on behalf of the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Board and reviewing plans for Looked After Children within the local authority. Fay has worked with Child and Family training since 2009.

David Glasgow

Director

David is a clinical psychologist who has worked for over 30 years in clinical and forensic settings with offenders and victims of offences. His experience includes high, medium and low secure NHS settings, as well as community forensic services. Whilst a lecturer at Liverpool University he developed and taught the SAGE special needs forensic interviewing system. He was also a founding co-director of the Forensic Behavioural Studies programme at Liverpool University. Subsequently he was a course director of the Child Forensic Studies programme at Leeds University and also the Forensic Issues programme at the (now) University of Cumbria. He has worked as an expert witness in criminal and civil proceedings for over 25 years, often in complex, highly contested or high profile cases. David now works for an independent forensic practice evaluating and also undertaking investigative interviews of children and adults with a learning disability.

Carol Jolliffe

Director

Carol has worked for Child and Family Training since 2000 and is accredited as a trainer for the range of assessment and intervention tools. She has trained for Child and Family Training in a range of social care and health settings in UK, Ireland, Egypt, Cyprus, Sweden, Germany and Hong Kong. She is currently involved in developing their family work focused training courses. She has worked with children and families in social work and children’s mental health services since 1979. She qualified as a social worker in 1986 and has worked as a practitioner and manager in children’s residential and community settings, including a duty and assessment service and a national therapeutic residential resource. Carol additionally trained as a family therapist (and is also a qualified systemic supervisor) as part of her move to children’s mental health services. She now works as a consultant systemic psychotherapist and as clinical lead for family therapy in an NHS Trust. She has a private clinical practice, offering family therapy and assessments for prospective adopters and foster carers. She teaches on family therapy and clinical psychology training courses for the Tavistock Centre and Canterbury Christchurch University.

Carla Thomas

Director

Carla qualified in 1982 and has since practiced in adult mental health but mostly in child protection in the London Boroughs of Merton and Kingston. Carla was an approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act. Carla has been delivering safeguarding children related training and specialist training since 2000 both as a Local Authority LSCB trainer and as a freelance trainer and consultant. Carla was recently involved in developing the DfE commissioned training manual on childhood neglect. She is an accredited trainer in the delivery of Assessing Parenting, Assessing, Families, In My Shoes, the SAAF, the one-day Assessment and a Analysis course and a Safer Recruitment. Throughout her career, Carla has developed a number of safeguarding children related topics training manuals.

Anne Guerri

Finance & Administration Manager and Company Secretary

Anne has worked for Child and Family Training for over 15 years.  Anne started her career working for the Yorkshire Bank in various branches and latterly at the head office, she later spent time working for Yorkshire Water and the Local Government Ombudsman’s Office. Anne is the finance and administration manager and responsible for the day-to-day running of Child and Family Training.

William Baginsky

Consultant to the Board of Directors

William was a teacher in secondary schools for 25 years, working in a variety of roles, including seven years as a deputy headteacher with responsibility for student welfare and child protection. Subsequently, he joined the NSPCC as Head of Child Protection Publishing and Film, leading a team that worked with academics and expert practitioners across agencies to develop and publish training programmes, films and information for professionals who work with children and families. He established In edit in 2011, providing editorial services to a range of clients, including commercial publishers, not-for-profit organisations, charities and e-learning providers. He has been Associate Editor for the Training Update in Child Abuse Reviewsince 2009.

Lampros Bisdounis

Research analyst & consultant to the Board of Directors

Lampros Bisdounis

Lampros is a DPhil student at the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience institute of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford. His work is in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and focuses on the mechanisms underlying sleep disruptions in affective disorders. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a BSc in psychology and with an MSc in clinical psychology and research methods from the University of Amsterdam. Lampros has a keen interest in big data as well as statistics and research methods applied in medical and behavioural sciences. His role is to conduct and consult on the analytic approaches related to the research work of the Child and Family Training.

Professor Antony Cox

Consultant to the Board of Directors

Antony is Emeritus Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Guy’s King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine. Formerly Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Liverpool University Medical School. Research has included, epidemiology, cultural differences in child rearing, interviewing approaches in child psychiatry and general practice, including a computer programme to facilitate communication between children and professionals, the impact of parental mental illness on children, interactions between parents and young children, including those with Down’s syndrome, child abuse, hyperactivity, autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, evaluation of interventions to promote child emotional and social development, and an early intervention for children with autism. Recently concerned with the development of training in the use of standardised assessments for workers in the health and social services.

Liza Bingley Miller

Founding Director & Consultant to The Board of Directors

Liza founded Child and Family Training with Arnon Bentovim in 2000 and ran the Training Programme for over 12 years. She was a Director until December 2013 before retiring and becoming a consultant for C&FT. She also currently chairs two adoption panels for North Yorkshire’s children and young people’s service. Liza is a social worker and family therapist by training and worked for many years Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London including as a Leverhulme Research Fellow. She was a Lecturer in Social Work at the University of York where she also worked on the Making Research Count project. Liza’s most recent publication is Bentovim A, Cox A, Bingley Miller L and Pizzey P (2009) Safeguarding Children Living with Trauma and Family Violence: Evidence-Based Assessment, Analysis and Planning Interventions.

Professor Doctor Sezen Zeytinoglu

Consultant to the Board of Directors

Sezen is a professor of developmental psychology who worked full time in Ege University for 25 years, in Cyprus International University for a year and in Izmir University for six years, as department chair, lecturer, researcher and advisor for theses/dissertations of graduate students. After founding the Turkish Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in 1988 with Prof. Esin Konanç and a group of multidisciplinary professionals in Ankara, she contributed in the organization of several national and international conferences including the 2001 ISPCAN Conference in Istanbul, published research in topics such as child labour, children in institutions, court cases of child abuse and neglect, opinions and experiences of practitioners about child abuse in Turkey. She also participated in developing a service center for children on the street and the first unit for serving abused children and their parents in Ankara. She served in the ISPCAN Council for six years and co-chaired the scientific committee of the 2007 ISPCAN Conference in Lisbon. She was in the team that translated SAAF into Turkish and participated in the trainings of SAAF in several cities in Turkey.

Doreen Parker

Former Director & Consultant to The Board of Directors

Doreen has over 30 years experience working within local authority social care and is a qualified social worker and teacher. Her career started in South Wales but over 20 years was spent working in London borough of Kingston Upon Thames specialising in work with children and families. Training staff became an increasing part of the work and included a position as one of the training managers overseeing and providing training for social workers and foster carers. Doreen has been part of the Child and Family Training team since 2002. She is one of the accredited trainers and has been part of the project management team in the work in partnership with the DfE and course development.

Doctor Eileen Vizard CBE

Consultant to the Board of Directors

Eileen is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in independent clinical practice. She works as an Expert Witness in both Family and Criminal proceedings assessing children and families where abuse is known or suspected. Her work with child maltreatment started in 1980 when she joined Dr Arnon Bentovim’s child sexual abuse team in Great Ormond Street Hospital. Eileen set up the first UK community based assessment and treatment team for convicted adult sex offenders in 1987 followed by a specialist, community based team for children and young people showing sexually harmful behaviour in 1988. Over the last 35 years, she has contributed to many government consultations in relation to child welfare. She has published, researched and lectured extensively in the field of child maltreatment both nationally and internationally. Eileen is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Child Health and a Visiting Professor at New York University, London. In 2011 she was awarded the CBE for ‘services to children and young people’.

Professor Rachel Calam

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Rachel studied for her PhD and then trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of Liverpool and worked in the NHS in psychology services for children and families. At the University of Manchester, she ran the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology before becoming Professor of Child and Family Psychology and Head of the School of Psychological Sciences. Her research on parenting and families has a particular focus on young children’s behaviour problems as a prevention strategy in different contexts, including applications in low resource settings. She is one of the team that developed “In My Shoes” and associated apps, and has carried out research on their use in paediatric settings.

Professor Hedy Cleaver

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Hedy is a Chartered Psychologist and the author of over 40 research based books, papers and chapters exploring the impact of adverse family circumstances on children’s health and development. She started her career as a social worker in Jamaica before returning to the UK to qualify as a child psychologist. After practicing as a psychologist both within schools and clinical settings, she joined the Dartington Social Research Unit. She is currently an Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway. Her earlier experience as a practitioner informed her research on vulnerable children and families and the impact of professional interventions. The guiding principle underpinning her work is a desire to improve the quality of life for children living in circumstances that place them at risk of abuse and neglect. The findings from her research have had an identifiable impact on policy in the UK in respect to children and families throughout the last 25 years.

Doctor Isil Çoklar

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Isil is a social psychologist. She completed her PhD at Ankara University and her master and undergraduate studies at Ege University. Her research interests are forensic psychology and intergroup relations. She has worked as an academician in Izmir University for three years and as a psychologist and project expert in various departments of Ministry of Justice (family courts, juvenile courts and Justice Academy) for 8 years. Isil is a member of the team that translated the Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework into Turkish.

Doctor Samaa El Abd

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Samaa is a British Egyptian Child and Adolescent Consultant Neuropsychiatrist at Guy’s hospital with a particular responsibility for the management of neurodevelopmental disorders. She has a special interest in the interaction between developmental and behavioural disorders and the use of psychopharmacology. Dr El Abd has worked at the University of Cairo, the University of Zurich and the University of London (St. George’s Hospital Medical School and Guy’s Hospital). Having trained and worked in the UK since 1985, she has developed a special interest and expertise in developmental neuropsychiatric disorders, impact of chronic illness , provision of second opinions on complicated cases or cases requiring advanced psychopharmacology. She obtained the degrees of MSc (ped) and MRCPsych (London) and has completed her CCST (certificate of Completion of Specialist Training) (London). Alongside her clinical career, she is a researcher and combines her academic skills with day-to-day clinical work. She lectures at both national and international conferences and has published widely. Dr Samaa El Abd is currently working as a Consultant child and adolescent developmental neuropsychiatrist at Guy’s Hospital (University of London) in the South London and Maudsley NHS (National Health Service) Trust and has been there since 1999.

Hazel Field

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Hazel is a registered social worker who qualified in 1981. She holds a BA, CQSW and the Advanced Award in Child Care Practice. She has worked extensively in children’s services, including safeguarding, training, and as a children’s guardian, later becoming the manager of that service. She is currently a Senior Practitioner in a voluntary adoption agency where she undertakes mentoring and training, as well as direct work with families and children. She trains in the ASI for Child and Family Training

Doctor Clare Gates

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Clare is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist who, after a career spanning 20 years in the NHS including 10 years as consultant, now works in the private and voluntary sectors. She trained as a physician obtaining the MRCP diploma before changing to psychiatry in 1993. Her special interests include adolescent depression and anxiety, multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of neuro-developmental disorders and parenting interventions based on attachment theory. She is a co-founder of the Centre, a charity which, among other things, disseminates the Circle of Security Parenting programme in the UK.

Doctor Annabel Goodyer

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Annabel is a qualified social worker registered with the Health & Care Professional Council. She has extensive practice experience in children and families social work, both as a local authority social worker and as a children’s guardian and independent chair of the Kent Guardian’s Panel. Her research interests include foster children’s evaluations of their care, social work skills and working with mixed-race children and young people. Geographically Annabel has worked in London Boroughs and in Kent. She joined the Child and Family Training Group in 2001 and has delivered training in a range of tools for use when undertaking evidence-based assessments. Annabel has managed qualifying social work programmes at Brunel & LSBU. She has published widely in the social work academic press and is the author of ‘Child-Centred Foster Care’. Annabel has recently been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at LSBU.

Fiona Gren

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Fiona has been a practising social worker in adult and children’s services since 1979. She is also a qualified teacher and person centred counsellor. Fiona is currently a part time social work team leader in a multi-disciplinary team of social workers, teachers, therapists and family workers, working directly with schools and families where pupils are exhibiting social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She works alongside CAMHS and the child protection teams. Fiona has worked in the parenting field for many years. She supervises trainers on several different parenting programmes. Fiona is also an independent trainer and consultant, working for Local Authorities and the independent and private sectors. She was a foster carer for 10 years. Fiona is a trainer for Child and Family Training.

Doctor Mehmet Akif Güzel

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Mehmet is a clinical psychologist since 2007 and a cognitive psychologist since 2012. After obtaining his PhD degree from the University of Southampton, England/UK, he commenced working as an assistant professor in several psychology departments in Turkey, e.g., in İstanbul and İzmir. He is currently working as a faculty member in the Department of Psychology of the Middle East Technical University Northern Cyprus Campus (METU NCC) since September 2016. His research areas cover cognitive and metacognitive processes as well as psychopathology, involving particularly mood disorders (e.g., depression) and eating disorders. Akif has took part in translating the materials of C&FT into Turkish and he has been working as a trainer and a consecutive translator in the workshops of C&FT delivered particularly for Turkish psychologists and social workers who serve child protection services in Turkey.

Phil Heasman

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Phil qualified as a social worker in 1987 and practised in generic social work in the London Borough of Newham before specialising in work with children, young people and families and child protection work. Phil has been a senior and then principal lecturer in Social Work at Canterbury Christ Church University College in Kent and more recently has been Principal Staff Development Officer and training co-ordinator for Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB). Phil is an independent trainer/consultant, is a trainer for Child and Family Training and also currently chairs the Derby Anglican Diocese Safeguarding Management Committee.

Liz Hobson

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Liz is currently seconded to work in the Family and Friends Assessment and Support Team for Gloucestershire County Council. Her role involves assessment and training of prospective kinship carers and private fostering arrangements. She has previously worked as a fostering recruitment social worker for Gloucestershire County Council. Her role involved recruitment, assessment and training of prospective foster carers. She has also been involved both the commissioning and delivery of training programmes for the children’s workforce in Gloucestershire and foster carers (post approval). Earlier in her career she worked as a Children and Families Social Worker for South Gloucestershire County Council; this role involved working directly with children and their families who were both in need (s.17) and in need of protection (s.47).

Cheryl Hood

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Cheryl is a qualified & UK registered social worker additionally holding additionally an Advanced Certificate in Child Protection and an MA in Child Welfare and Child Protection. Cheryl has held a range of practitioner, supervisory, managerial, independent and teaching roles within the field of child welfare and protection services, spanning 37 years. Cheryl has worked in London and the north west of England. Cheryl joined Child and Family Training (C&FT) in 2005 as an associate trainer and consultant and is licensed to use and teach the range of evidence based assessment and intervention tools. Cheryl is presently consulting with Ponimanie on the development of a joint Ponimanie and C&FT project in Belarus.

Rahana Hussain

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Rahana is an independent trainer/consultant with 16 years experience of working with professionals from both the public and voluntary sectors, covering a range of core subjects in safeguarding matters. She is a qualified social worker with experience in children and families work and has also worked with domestic violence and abuse. She also works for Action for Children on a consultancy basis.

Catherine Jacobs

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Catherine is a Research Psychologist working for the Centre for Abuse and Trauma studies (CATS), Middlesex University. She has a with a particular focus on Knowledge Exchange - bringing research into practice. For Child and Family Training she delivers the Attachment Style Interview, which was designed by the CATS team

Phil Jimmieson

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Phil is a lecturer in the Computer Science Department of the University of Liverpool. Phil is the programmer and member of the development team for the In My Shoes project, the initial work on which, was the foundation of his MPhil degree research in the early 90′s. He has been involved in teaching and student project supervision over a number of years at the University of Liverpool. He is particularly interested in the field of User Interfaces and developing software for humans to use. He has been involved in delivering In My Shoes training since 2006.

Bill Joyce

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Bill has worked in Children’s Social Care for almost 30 years. A qualified Social Worker, throughout his career Bill has worked in Generic settings (adult services/ children and families/ elderly/ youth offending). For much of his Social Work career however Bill has specialised in work with Children and Families. He has managed Initial response teams; Child Protection teams as well as Children in care. Bill has also managed Safeguarding Units responsible for the investigations of allegations against adults who work with children and the Child Protection Conference system. Bill has worked as a Strategic Manager developing systems and structures for the delivery of services. More recently Bill Managed the Local Safeguarding Children Boards in Cheshire. In April 2012 Bill became an Independent Safeguarding and social work Consultant.

Sheila Groth Larsen

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Sheila B.A (hons) M.Ed. (Ed.Psych) M.Sc. Ethics, a chartered educational psychologist worked in local authority for many years. In 1987 she moved to Barnados NW employed as psychologist to support many of their projects including fostering, family support, youth offending, residential care and with children who show / convicted of sexually inappropriate behaviours. She was the consultant psychologist for West Kirby Residential School for over 20 years working with pupils with emotional, social and psychological needs. Sheila joined the In My Shoes development team in 1991 and has been and active member of the team piloting many of its developments and delivers In My Shoes training.

Carole Moore

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Carole has been a trainer for Child and Family Training since 2000, Carole has a background in social work having been involved across most childcare teams including fostering and adoption since 1988. In 2003 Carole moved into the field of inspection and inspected a variety of children’s services across the independent sector and Local Authorities before retiring from Ofsted in 2015. Carol has delivered a variety of child protection social care courses. Carole was also an independent assessor having gained the practice teachers award from Bristol University. Carole is now an independent consultant, registered with HCPC carrying out a variety of quality assurance functions across children’s homes and fostering and adoption agencies. Carole also investigates complaints at stage 2 and allegations. Carole also sits on fostering and adoption panels.

Doctor Solana Orlando

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Dr Solana Orlando is a psychiatrist who graduated at UBA (University of Buenos Aires) Argentina and is a Master in Psychoneuroinmunology awarded by the Hospital Braulio Montalvo Buenos Aires. She trained as a Psychoanalyst and Family Therapist and was a member and professor at the Argentinian branch of the MRI (Mental Research Institute). She is a Consultant at an NGOs devoted to work with street children, the Conociendo Nuestra Casa (Knowing Our Home) in Patagonia, Argentina, and teaches at the Family Institute in Toulouse and Lille in France.

Jenny Peters

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Jenny (BA MA Oxon, MSC LSE) did a combined social work and social policy Masters at the London School of Economics, from 1992-1994, and worked for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in a community Children and Families team from 1994-1997. In 2002 she started working for St Mary’s Bryanston Square as Head of their children and families work in the local community. After training as a Circle of Security facilitator in 2010 Jenny has run numerous groups using this innovative approach. Together with Dr Clare Gates she has hosted all the UK Circle of Security Parenting Training since 2011. She has also trained in the Emotionally Focussed Therapy model and, together with a EFT therapist pioneered the first UK ‘Hold Me Tight’ relationship course. In July 2013 she became the director of The Centre, a small voluntary agency delivering and promoting effective early intervention with a strong attachment focus.

Elaine Rose

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Elaine is a qualified as a social worker in 1978 and as a Child and Family Psychotherapist in 1994, she also has an Msc in Child Forensic Psychology and Law. As a UKCP registered therapist she has a private practice in Kent where she works closely with everyone in the adoption triangle but particularly helps the children manage their difficulties. Elaine is the Safeguarding Adviser for the Diocese of Canterbury, a job she shares with Simon Tapp. She has been a trainer for Child and Family Training for many years. Elaine lives on Romney Marsh with three English Setters, a flock of rare sheep and rescued chickens.

Rosemarie Roberts

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Rosemarie trained as a teacher, a social worker and as a consultant systemic family therapist and has worked in education, social services and CAMHS in both research and clinical roles for over 35 years. She worked at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust from 1997 until 2014. For the last ten years she was Director of the National Implementation Service for Evidence Based Interventions (for children looked after, on the edge of care or custody or adopted) leading on the Department for Education funded national implementation of evidence based programmes and the design and development of new evidence informed interventions. She joined Child and Family Training as a consultant for the Hope for Children and Families project in March 2014.

Sue Skrobanski

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Sue has worked for Child and Family Training since 2000. She has over 20 years social work experience mainly working in the area of child protection. Sue also has 20 years experience of delivering freelance training to a range of Local Authorities, LSCBs, and Voluntary agencies mainly in the area of child and family work and child safeguarding. For the last 17 years Sue has worked in the Department of Social Work at Royal Holloway and is a Senior Lecturer. She is accredited to deliver a range of Child and Family Training courses.

Barbara Simpson

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Barbara is a Qualified Social Worker and currently holds the position of Senior Practitioner within The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. She joined the Foundation in 2012. Prior to this she has worked with both the voluntary and statutory sector as a Child Protection Practitioner and Trainer, she worked as a Manager with the Children with Disabilities Service, and has also considerable experience of working with services for survivors of Domestic Abuse. In her current role she is responsible for providing supervision for the Birmingham based Children’s Practitioner Team. The work of the team includes specialist assessments and interventions for criminal and family courts. In addition she personally works with protective carers both individually and in groups, she contributes to a range of specific safeguarding projects and delivers training and consultancy in safeguarding children and young people.

Beverly Sokel

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Beverly is a clinical child psychologist who has worked for over thirty years with children and families in social services, CAMHS and paediatric settings including Great Ormond Street Hospital. She now works in private practice at the multi-disciplinary Child and Family Practice in London. She has extensive experience of working with children using cognitive behaviour therapy, behavioural interventions and relaxation/guided imagery as well as in the provision of training and skills development in working with children.

Tracey Stephens

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Tracey has worked in children’s social since 1995 and is a registered social worker. She initially worked as a residential worker in children’s homes with children and young people aged eight to sixteen, until she qualified as a social worker in 2000 and went on to work in child protection and family support. In 2006 she became a training officer for a large county council and was responsible for the training of childrens’ social care staff and foster carers, which included implementing a county wide training programme on the use of evidenced based assessment tools and approaches. She is now an independent trainer and social worker and undertakes fostering and parenting assessments. She joined Child and Family Training in 2012 and delivers a range of training courses and has contributed to the development of some of the course materials.

Simon Tapp

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Simon has worked for Child and Family Training since 2000. He was involved in developing their Child Protection Decision Making (SAAF) course. He has delivered training on their behalf to a wide variety of professionals in the UK, Ireland and Finland including social workers, social work managers, psychologists, psychiatrists and Children’s Guardians. He is part of the training and coaching programme for newly trained Surrey social workers. He is a qualified social worker who has worked as a children and families social worker, senior practitioner and social work manager for Kent Social Services. For 15 years he was a CAFCASS Children’s Guardian and for many years undertook independent social work assessments on behalf of local authorities in care and adoption proceedings. He is an approved trainer for the Kent Safeguarding Children Board, delivering safeguarding training for them since 1997. He is a Safeguarding Adviser for children and vulnerable adults for the Church of England, currently working with Canterbury Cathedral. He gives practice supervision to a Social Worker for a group of schools and staff support to a local authority school for children with emotional and behaviour problems.

Margreet Timmer

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Margreet has been working in youth care since 1988. First as a residential worker in a children’s homes with children and young people aged two to eighteen, after that in child protection and now as a trainer, registered family mediator and ‘Kindbehartiger’ (a coach for children when parents are in a conflict during their divorce, looking out for the interests of the children) her own practice TIMM Consultancy in The Netherlands. During her work as a guardian she specialises in safety planning (Signs of Safety). She provides training on safety planning and risk-assessment, talking with children about child abuse, multi-disciplinary work and high conflict divorces. As a freelance trainer she works with a lot of different professionals in the area of child and family work and child safeguarding.

Lucy Titheridge

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Lucy has worked in social care for over 25 years. Starting as a care worker for older people, moving into youth work and then qualified as a social worker in 1996 and has spent her career supporting children and their families both within the child protection system and as children in need. Lucy has worked as an operational practitioner, an operational manager and a strategic leader with her most recent local authority post being Principal Social Worker for a large county council where she implemented a training programme for social workers from ASYE (assisted and supported year in employment) through to management. Lucy provides independent social work services, training, coaching, contracting and consultancy. Lucy is an experienced trainer, accredited by the NSPCC, able to deliver a wide range of courses including safeguarding, supervision, risk assessment and safety planning.

Joy Watterson

Associate Trainer & Consultant

Joy is an Independent Social Worker and Trainer. Her role involves providing training for Social Workers, foster panels and foster carers as well as independent family assessments, fostering assessments and reviews. Prior to this Joy spent 14 years as a Social Worker and manager in a variety of roles; primarily children’s safeguarding teams, and more latterly managing a fostering service. Joy has been involved in developing services and teams to be responsive to the needs of families and improve outcomes for children.