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Jenni has considerable experience of Local Authority Social Work having started her career in generic social work in 1975. Jenni specialised in Fostering and Adoption work before moving into social work education both in a Local Authority context and as an associate lecturer and tutor for a number of years.
Until recently Jenni worked as a sessional Training and Education Officer for Derby City Council Children and Young People’s Department. The main focus of this work was mentoring and assessing social workers undertaking Continuing Professional Development Awards in the East Midlands. Jenni continues to have a particular interest in practice and research into direct work and communication with children. Jenni worked for number of years until recently as an honorary lecturer and sessional tutor at the University of Nottingham where she qualified in the late 1970s, and also more recently as a sessional tutor on the Step up to Social Work Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Jenni has always been interested in the dynamic and structural elements of practice and theory, particularly the use of psychodynamic and systemic approaches and family therapy, all of which were an important influence at the start of her career. This early experience profoundly influenced her interest and commitment to relationship based practice and the importance of relationship factors in all aspects of social work practice.
Jenni has been involved with the Centre for Social Work Practice since 2006 (before it became a charity), and continues to maintain close links with practice through the Centre, membership of other professional organisations and related activities.
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John Simmonds is Director of Policy, Research and Development at CoramBAAF, previously the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. Prior to taking up his position at BAAF, he was head of the social work programmes at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
He is a qualified social worker and has substantial experience in child protection, family placement and residential care settings. He has published widely including in 2009 with Gillian Schofield, The Child Placement Handbook.
He was awarded an O.B.E. in the 2015 New Years Honours list.
He is the adoptive father of two children, now adults.
Clare is joint programme leader for the qualifying MA in social work at the Tavistock and University of East London. Clare is also Course Leader for the post qualifying PG Cert/PGDipMA Safeguarding, Risk and Relational Practice in Social Work and Integrated Care at the Tavistock Centre.
Her interests are in the practice and underpinning theoretical ideas of supervision, practice education and organisational observation; human growth and development with a particular focus on baby observation; and social work in the field of adult mental health, most recently, as it links to mental capacity.
Matt Barker is a fully qualified bookkeeper of four years’ experience and is a trainee accountant. He has worked for a number of different clients on one off jobs and on an ongoing basis, and has had to use different software and techniques to provide what they wanted and needed, especially with management accounts and budget variance analysis.
He is looking forward to continuing to produce both annual financial accounts and periodic management accounts in order to ensure that CfSWP stays financially healthy and can continue to promote relationship-based social work as far and wide as possible. He is not a social worker but believes strongly that social services must be appropriately resourced to help families to live harmoniously.
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Laura has used mental health and social services in the past. She been on the Board of two mental health charities and is currently a trustee of Calderdale Well Being.
Laura has worked in Health Development roles in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years and co-ordinated health and social networks and partnership between diverse groups and communities.
She was a peer researcher for the Right to be Heard (2012) a national review about Independent Mental Health Advocacy in England and then went on to be part of the Implementation team with the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) to produce resources to support this statutory duty.
Currently Laura is working on a dissertation for a MA in Disability Studies. She is a member of (SCIE) Coproduction Steering Group as the National Service User Network representative and also works freelance.
Paul has over 25 years of Human Resources experience encompassing all aspects of the profession and wider business issues. He has operated in an HR role providing operational and strategic advice in a complex and changing business. He has proven skills in managing functions outside of his core profession and working with a cross section of agencies and partners. He has significant experience of managing the governance and performance management of the HR function and business processes impacting on service delivery.
As an HR professional in a unionised environment Paul has significant experience in relation to conciliation and negotiation.
Paul has a sound track record of continuing professional development and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He also has academic experience of teaching on a range of professional and management courses. He firmly believes in the ethos of public service and has operated in many roles across central and local government during his career. He has an in depth knowledge of the requirements of high standards required in public life.
I have lived in the UK for 6 years and am now a lecturer in Social Work at the University of Stirling.
I have a background in international social work and working with youth and communities.
One of my research interests is the role of emotions and relationships for child and family social workers.
I’m looking forward to working with the Centre for Social Work Practice to promote and encourage relationship based practice and research.
Stephen has over 40 years’ experience in Human Resources/Personnel Management, working at strategic and operational levels in both the private and public sector, including 25 years in the NHS. He holds a post graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and in 1995 became a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a position retained since retiring from permanent employment in 2016.
Stephen has always had a particular interest in helping to develop good and effective relationships at work which he believes are fundamental to business success. He feels this can contribute to an understanding and appreciation of the CFSWP’s focus and aims, and to the contribution that he can make to the organisation as an HR professional.