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Saraceni - Paralegal (Lpc Qualified) - Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, UK

Maria Saraceni

Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, UK


An LPC qualified Legal Practitioner with extensive experience in Public Child Law/Care Proceedings. Local authority Senior Social Worker with current GSCC registration, specialising in 'Children at Risk' cases since 1998. Paralegal in both Public and Private Family law, Immigration, Asylum and Human Rights. Part level 1 SRA Immigration and Asylum Accreditation. Electives in Family Law, Commercial Property, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.


Paralegal (Lpc Qualified)

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


Specialism - Public Child Care Law.

Work History

Senior Social Worker

Worcestershire County Council

Working in local authority children's duty team within the framework of public child care law. Managing heavy, complex caseload and taking sole responsibility for high profile case. Duties include undertaking s47 investigations, interviewing clients, laising with third parties including health, education, legal, analysing and assessing complex information, writing reports incl. child protection case conference and s7 and s37 reports to court. Making recommendations to court and conference. Negotiating in court. Keeping accurate computerised records.


UK Migration Lawyers

October 2009 - January 2010

Working in niche law firm dealing with all aspects of immigration including commercial immigration, asylum, nationality and human rights law.


Willsons Solicitors

January 2009 - January 2009

Working in the matrimonial department of high street law firm dealing specifically with public child care proceedings. Interviewing clients re public child law matters, drafting legal documents including witness statements, response to thresholds and briefs to counsel, liaising and negotiating with other legal representatives in court and professionals meetings, representing clients in a variety of contexts including core group and child protection case conferences, preparing court bundles and attending and assisting counsel in court.


Sultan Lloyd Solicitors

January 2008 - January 2008

Working in high street law firm dealing with private family law including divorce, judicial separation and non-molestation orders.

Locum Senior Social Worker


January 2002 - January 2008

Undertaken a number of positions as Locum Senior Social Worker including undertaking comprehensive risk assessments for Barnardo's and working in various local authority 'duty and assessment' and 'longer term' teams carrying out the usual functions, described below.

Senior Social Worker

Birmingham City Council

January 2000 - January 2002

Working in both Duty and Assessment and longer term team, managing heavy and complex caseload in busy local authority area office. Leading child protection investigations, conducting initial assessments, securing EPO's, facilitating and chairing strategy meetings with police and other relevant professionals and making recommendations re further action. Completing comprehensive risk assessments, making recommendations to, and giving evidence in, court. Undertaking s8 assessments and negotiating in court in private family proceedings. Led high profile investigation into complex organised institutional abuse case where statutory child protection conflicted with Human Rights.

Social Worker

Worcestershire County Council

January 1999 - January 2000

Working in longer term Children and Families team undertaking comprehensive risk assessments of children and families to establish risk/need for services. Handling complex caseload of children and families with multiple issues including sexual abuse, fabricated illness, mental illness and disability. Planning the long term care and adoption of large sibling groups. Direct work with children, consulting and instructing expert witnesses, regular liaison with police, education, health and other relevant professionals, arranging and chairing statutory meetings, making recommendations to court, conference and adoption panel, preparation and presentation of reports for the same and giving evidence in court in contentious statutory child care proceedings.

Social Worker

Coventry City Council

January 1998 - January 1999

Social Worker in joint Children and Families/Duty and Assessment team managing heavy caseload of child protection cases where main issues include organised/ritual abuse. Undertaking comprehensive risk assessments of children and families, analysing and assessing complex information, decision making, initiating and pursuing child care proceedings. Close liaison with health re children with serious non-accidental injuries and co-working with police on several complex international organised child abuse cases.

Trainee Social Worker

Warwickshire County Council

January 1997 - January 1997

Working in Duty and Assessment and longer term Children and Families team, particular focus on Child Protection and Private Fostering.

Undertaking Race Equality Research for Warwickshire County Council and compiling a 'Cultural Database' accessible to professionals across the county. Involved in Warwickshire’s Race Equality Group Action Plan (REGAP).

Trainee Social Worker

Solihull MBC

January 1996 - January 1996

Working in local authority Children and Families team managing caseload of vulnerable children and families and those at risk. Particular focus on women experiencing domestic violence and links with child abuse. Involved in Warwickshire's Domestic Violence Forum.

Working in Solihull's Youth Offending Team. Good knowledge and application of criminal law in relation to young offenders with regard to the relevant legislation including the Children Act 1989 and Children and Young Persons Act 1969.

Volunteer Caseworker

Citizens Advice Bureau

January 1994 - January 1996

Providing legal advice to the public.

Civil Servant

UK Government

January 1990 - January 1991

Carrying out administrative functions for the Social Fund Inspectorate.

Qualifications & Certifications


College of Law


Birmingham City University


University of Warwick

B.A (Hons)

The University of Wolverhampton

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