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Morag Duff, independent specialist continuing healthcare consultant

Morag Duff is a former solicitor who currently works as a freelance specialist CHC consultant. She has worked within the field of NHS continuing healthcare for over 10 years providing specialist advice and training for both health and social care organisations Morag is passionate about ensuring the individual is always at the heart of the assessment and care delivery process. In order to achieve this, she believes that partner organisations across health and social care must develop and nurture long-lasting and trusting relationships. This can only be achieved through a shared understanding and acceptance of the principles that underpin the National Framework as well as the processes that are set out in that guidance. Morag has worked closely with ADASS, the Department of Health and NHS England over the years, and was recently involved in the current revision of the National Framework, due to be implemented in October 2018.

Alex Ruck Keene, barrister, 39 Essex Chambers

Alex is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers in London, and recommended as a ‘star junior’ in Chambers & Partners for his Court of Protection work. He has been in cases involving the MCA 2005 at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court. He also writes extensively, has numerous academic affiliations, including as Wellcome Research Fellow at King’s College London, and has his own website, www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk, on which he publishes news and blogs on MCA law and policy.

William Dean, barrister, 9 Gough Chambers

Claudia Megele, author, Safeguarding Children and Young People Online

Lydia Guthrie, co-director, Change Point

Lydia Guthrie BA (Oxon), MSc, Dip SW, Systemic Practitioner, works as a trainer and supervisor across social work, criminal justice, mental health, secure forensic and voluntary sector settings. She qualified as a social worker in 1998, and spent ten years working for the Probation Service in frontline and management roles. She completed an MSc in attachment theory in 2014, is trained in the strange situation procedure and the adult attachment interview, and is in her final year of training as a systemic psychotherapist at the Institute of Family Therapy.

Elmari Bishop, Mental Capacity Act consultant and lecturer, Bournemouth University

Deborah Barnett, consultant

I have worked in care since 1988, qualifying as a Social Worker in 1999. I am also qualified to act as an expert witness in court for matters of equality and diversity (Post Grad Dip Applied Sociology: Equality, Diversity and Criminology For the past six years I have worked as a sole trader and consultant chairing and authoring Safeguarding Adults Reviews, advising Safeguarding Adults Boards, acting as national lead for an agency in MCA, DoLs and Safeguarding, writing books and articles. My research into self-neglect and my practical approach to safeguarding has led me to identify methods of support and therapeutic interventions for people who are self-neglecting. Understanding what person-centred safeguarding means is key to ensuring that our responses are effective.

Sass Boucher, research director, SelfCare Psychology

Sass Boucher MSc BA (Hons) MBACP is a counsellor and psychotherapist registered with the BACP, working in private practice, and as an affiliate for an employment assisted programme. Sass is co-founder and a director of SelfCare Psychology Ltd, a start-up with a strong social desire to make changes in human services, creating awareness around the concepts that can impact on those listening to other human beings in distress and experiencing trauma. Following her MSc research project Sass has written for the BACP Workplace Journal, The Law Society, Social Work News, The Counsellors Café, Women in Trade magazine and contributed to ‘SHARE a new model for Social Work’, specifically around self-care from both a personal and professional perspective. She has also co-authored 50 Acts of Professional Self-Care for Social Workers, published by Kirwin Maclean.

Kate Collier, practice and development director, SelfCare Psychology

Tim Spencer-Lane, lawyer specialising in mental capacity, mental health and social care law

Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law, legal editor at Community Care Inform and senior lecturer at Kingston University. At the Law Commission he led the reviews of adult social care, health and social care professional regulation and the deprivation of liberty safeguards. He is currently on a secondment to the Government Legal Department (DHSC) where he is working primarily on the implementation of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019.

Sharon Davidson, service manager, Surrey Children's Services Academy

Dr Kish Bhatti-Sinclair, reader in social policy and social work

Kish is known for her work on social work, race and racism and is particularly interested in ethnically sensitive research methodologies and theories, such as modern racism, which test discriminatory attitudes and behaviours. Case data on children and young people from the USA has been used by Kish to undertake a quantitative analysis of needs. Commissioned evaluation projects (such as early intervention within the UK’s Troubled Families initiative) has enabled her to make recommendations directly to child protection agencies. This has led to a number of publications which have questioned professional ideologies and beliefs, responses to child abuse within Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic families, cultural racism, anti-Muslim racism and Islamophobia.

Wayne Reid, professional officer, British Association of Social Workers

Wayne Reid is a Professional Officer for BASW England and lives in Sheffield. Wayne qualified as a social worker in 2010, but the entirety of his social care experience spans nearly 20 years. He has worked in: private fostering; the Probation Service; youth offending; adult mental health; child protection and with care leavers. As a black male social worker, Wayne understands some of the challenges that service-users and practitioners from different ethnic minority groups can face. From his experience, Wayne believes academic and ‘life education’ are essential to improve an individual’s quality of life and life chances. @wayne_reid79 (Twitter)