I have many years experience in the child and behavior management field. I enjoy training and am lucky enough to do some contract work for two Universities. I like designing my own programs and keeping on touch with the latest research. I am currently doing a disability VET course and would like some work in this area.
I like working with people and feeling training is a very important component for any job. I have been told that one of my strengths is knowledge about the subject I am teaching.
Cert IV Tae 40110 Trainer, Bsw & MSW
I have a master and bachelor degree in social work. I trained non government agencies, foster carers and residential carers skills to look after abused and neglected children that came into care. I am currently doing a cert III in disability and up
Lecturer in social work
CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY
January 2013 - July 2013
Legal Issues in social work and working in partnership with families, individual and groups.
External supervision for students interstate, marking and being involved in re-designing and production of a project to be added to learnline site for students. Fix term contract.
Training Officer for foster carers, residential workers, OCF staff and NGO's
NORTHERN TERRITORY (DARWIN) AUSTRALIA
February 2009 - December 2013
Alternative Care Team - Foster Care (Permanent)
Training Officer for foster carers, residential workers, OCF staff and NGO's
Training in trauma related child development and how this affects behaviour. The work also involves working with and recruiting Indigenous carers, liaising with departmental agencies, NGO's, media and management. Researching and preparing training for a variety of different learning styles. Working with the Non Government Organisations and assessing training needs.
Knowledge of foster care assessment process and working with ACW's on Communities.
I am licensed to train Traumatic Crisis Intervention and complex trauma Transforming Care associated with early life experiences.
February 2009 - August 2009
Working with the Indigenous Community and multi-cultural families in assessing child abuse cases. This involved taking cases to court and then transferring them on to more permanent care teams. Working with Indigenous workers (ACW's) in assessing and referring families to services. Liaising with a variety of people, writing reports and affidavits for court.
Advance Practitioner - Child Protection (Agency)
LEICESTER CITY COUNCIL
From April 2009
Family and children services involving complex casework of a statutory nature involving the
Preparation of care plans, conference reports, court statements, residence orders, preparing documentation for permanent planning, special guardianship orders, kinship assessments and life story work. Working within court timelines and being involved in all aspects of statutory child protection work and children in need. I returned to Australia in 2009.
Senior Practitioner Family Placement Team
STAFFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
From September 2007
Involved in assessing, supporting and supervising foster carers. Competency based assessments. Family finding for the purpose of long term fostering and adoption.
Attending fostering and adoption panels, statutory reviews and conferences. Dealing with placement breakdown and crisis in foster care.
Working with the permanency team with life story work and life appreciation days. Involved with central duty when necessary and cases of Special guardianship.
Advance practitioner - Child Protection
DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
November 2003 - September 2005
Child & Family Team involved in Looked After Children and Family Team this involved long term care and children in need. Casework involved statutory court work, preparation of care plans, care proceedings, residence order and preparing documentation for permanent planning, adoption and matching reports. All aspects of statutory child protection work.
Acting Team Leader
February 2000 - March 2002
Statutory child protection casework. Supervising a team of workers plus a family resource worker. The team was responsible doe children and young people on statutory order. The work involved implementation of care plans and affidavits for court. It required a multi-disciplinary approach and knowledge of Indigenous culture.
DEPARTMENT OF FAMILIES
August 1999 - November 2003
I was employed as a social worker in the assessment team and then asked to join the Alternative Care Team to assess foster carers and then as a training officer to train foster carers, residential workers, NGO workers and some of the staff in the department.
I worked in child protection as a social worker, a team leader and then in a consultancy role before moving to Queensland.
South Western Region
High Risk Infant Consultancy
Specialising in high risk infants (0-3). The role incorporated advising, consultation and assessment and the case management of high risk infant cases with the child protection team in the region. This role included community education with various agencies including Indigenous communities in the region. The program operated a brokerage funding to purchase services for families. It developed and incorporated a Parenting Assessment and Development Program that involved early intervention for high-risk infants and their families by providing services in the home to prevent removal of children.
local TAFE and Deakin University
Supervising six child protection workers in statutory case work. Participating in community development with local TAFE and Deakin University.
After a recruitment drive in UK in 1989, I was offered a position of a child protection practitioner in the above region. After two years was promoted to acting team leader supervising six child protection workers. During this time I undertook study at Monash University for a BSW.
Social Worker. I assessed families for the local authority when children were removed. This involved 4 days attendance at a unit for the family.
NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN (NSPCC)
Non government agency working with children that had been removed from their family. Referrals for a parenting assessment were made by the families social worker, the assessment was for a six week period. After this time a report was prepared for court stating the outcome. The centre was equipped for play therapy, video equipment (used for feedback with parents). The role also incorporated training and consultation with other professionals.
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL
Dealing with a generic caseload in a varied ethnic community that included domestic violence, child protection, disability and families in need. I was involved in group work at the local nursery for a group of residents who were at high risk in relation to child abuse, domestic violence and prostitution.
Hospital Social Worker
Working with a Paediatric and an Obstetric consultants. The work involved some child protection work where abuse was suspected. Working with families until the child/ren were discharged from the hospital. The role included writing reports and interviewing women where a termination of pregnancy was required. General liaising with paediatric wards in the hospital and counselling patients regarding loss and bereavement.
Developing and designing training programs
Because of a lack of resources in a specific area relating the Northern territory it was necessary to access Indigenous material and research to produce some of the training programs I resented. This was through colleagues, other agencies and institutions.
Developing training programs for carers
For example developing a program to educate residential worker in petrol sniffing or youth suicide. When no one is available at the hospital or mental health agency I would educate them myself in encouraging discussion, using power points and any available videos I could get. I always used up to date research material and this would result in searching and buying overseas material.
Qualifications & Certifications
Therapeutic Crisis Intervention. it was a 5 day course through Cornell which I completed in Brisbane.
Licensed to train Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) (Cornell University
Portland House School, Oadby, Leicester, UK
Thomas Wright Inst
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