Eve Payne is a qualified social worker and is also currently studying for a certificate in therapeutic play skills. She has worked for CCS since 2018 as a life story worker for the Sharing Stories service and also works for the local authority part-time working with children who are looked after which she has done since 2015. Sharing Stories has published articles in Coram’s Spotlight, the guardian and community care, has produced a video sharing a birth grandmothers experience of life story work, provided training and drop-ins, designed templates and created resources all with the aim of supporting improving the quality of life story information and supporting families to feel confident doing life story work.
Eve believes passionately that any child who has been removed from their family of origin has the right to qualitative enriched information which allows them to integrate their sense of self. Life story work to be done effectively deserves sufficient time and commitment to ensure that all parties feel held and supported to enable the child to feel empowered to process, internalise and own their journey.
early permanence lead and Sharing Stories manager
Lindy Wootton is an accredited mediator and qualified social worker. She has a background in Criminal Justice, Community Mediation and Children and Families social work. Before she began to work for CCS adoption in 2013 she worked in a Local Authority Safeguarding team. She has been the CCS lead on Early Permanence since 2013, managing their PIF 1 and 2 Early Permanence Projects from 2016 – 2019 and in that role led CCS Adoption to become the first adoption agency in the country to gain the EP Quality Mark in March 2018. Her PIF EP Project Management role also involved the creation and development of the Sharing Stories service and Lindy has managed the service since its conception in 2017.
Lindy believes passionately in the importance of good quality life story work for adopted children as a means to help children build strong and integrated identities and a sense of belonging and place in the world. When life story work is done well it also empowers both the birth family and the adoptive families leading to greater well-being for all.