Morag Duff previously worked as a solicitor in the social care sector. She is now an independent specialist continuing healthcare (CHC) consultant providing training and advice to local authorities and health authorities. She has been an active member of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services national reference group on CHC since 2008 and has been involved in Department of Health consultations on the CHC national framework and the Care Act.
Alex Ruck Keene is an experienced barrister, writer and educator. His practice is focused on mental capacity and mental health law, in which he is able to provide specialist advice and representation, as well as delivering expert training for front line professionals. He also writes extensively in the field, editing and contributing to leading textbooks and (amongst many other publications) the 39 Essex Chambers Mental Capacity Law Report, the ‘bible’ for solicitors (and others) working in the area. He is the creator of the website http://www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk/, providing resources and expert commentary on some of the most difficult mental capacity issues.
Alex is a Wellcome research fellow and visiting professor at King’s College London, a visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London and a research affiliate at the Essex Autonomy Project, University of Essex. He spent 2016 on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant to its Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty Project and throughout 2018 was legal adviser to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983. He was a special adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for its inquiry into the human rights implications of the government’s response to Covid-19, and is currently a special adviser into its inquiry into human rights in the care setting.
Shefali has been a senior solicitor and is an experienced national trainer. Shefali was a member of the Law Society Children Panel for nearly 20, with over 25 years’ experience as a solicitor and manager in various local authorities. Shefali is a former legal advisor to Adoption for Adopters and Adoption UK, a national adoption charity and the Independent Review Mechanism. Shefali also teaches social care law academically on various social work undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.
Shefali is also the author of Key Changes to Family Justice (England), and The Child’s Legal Journey Through Care, both published by CoramBaaf. Both legal publications detail an outline of the PLO process and how to achieve the statutory timescales.
Sarah qualified as a social worker from Trinity College Dublin in 1997. Since then, she has worked in a variety of national and international contexts, across statutory, voluntary and regulatory services.
Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health and social care law. At the Law Commission, Tim was responsible for the review of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, which formed the basis of the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019. Tim was also in charge of the Law Commission’s reviews of the regulation of health and social care professionals and adult social care (which led to the Care Act 2014). He now works for the Government Legal Department (Department of Health and Social Care) where he advises on mental capacity and mental health law. Tim is the author of the "Care Act Manual" (third edition 2019, Sweet and Maxwell), joint author of “the Approved Mental health Professional Practice Handbook” (2020, Policy Press), General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Social Services and Child Care Law, and contributes to Cross on Local Government Law. He is the legal editor of Community Care Inform (Adults) and a senior lecturer at Kingston University where he teaches on the best interests assessor and adult safeguarding courses.
Laura Hanbury is a clinician and PhD research student at Royal Holloway University. Her current PhD research focuses on the behaviours of adolescents who are looked after, alongside the attachment organisation of foster carers and how it affects the way they may perceive and respond to the children that they care for. Having worked in the field of family support and child protection for over 15 years, she also works as an independent lecturer, author and trainer, specialising in the analysis of family dynamics and behavioural responses through the lens of attachment theory and research. Laura’s overall work is centred around the study of how behaviour develops in the context of experienced attachment trauma.
Tricia Pereira is a qualified social worker, with over 15 years’ experience spanning adults and children’s social care and social work in the voluntary sector. She has an interest in sector led improvement & inclusive Leadership and hosts leadership events. Tricia is currently the Head of Operations Adults Social Care –for London Borough of Merton and Co-Chair of the BAME Communities Advisory Group for the Department of Health and Social Care sector, COVID-19 Support Taskforce. Previous roles include Practitioner Development Lead for London ADASS, providing strategic oversight, advice and guidance on the professional leadership and development aspects of both the London Directors and Principal Social Workers work programs. As practitioner lead, Tricia wrote and led the procurement for the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship across 33 London Boroughs. She is the former Co-Chair of the National Adults Principal Social Worker Network for England, as such deputised for the Chief Social worker -sitting on the Chief Social Worker’s Advisory Group and the Department of Health and Social Care, Quality Matters Board. Tricia is a proficient British sign language user and practiced as a social worker with Deaf and deafblind children and adults, older people, adults with physical disabilities and rehabilitation with Visual Impaired people. She has developed safeguarding adults processes within prisons pre and post care act implementation and facilitated multi agency learning events (County Lines) for the Metropolitan Police, looking at where agencies missed opportunities to share information to support the young person & their family. She is a keen advocate of Restorative Practice and family group conferences with adults and has developed projects utilising these approaches. Along with Carmen Colomina, Prof Samantha Barron and Dr Tony Stanley, Tricia is the co-author of Strength Based Practice Framework and Handbook published by the Department of Health and Social Care in February 2019
Kelly has worked in the Trade Union movement for over 20 years, 12 years with public service trade union UNISON. She works in a specialised team in UNISON which provides advice, support and advocacy for UNISON members across a number of regulators including social worker members who are registered with Social Work England (SWE). A Social Worker who is referred or is considering self-referral to the regulator is fully supported by UNISON through what can be a stressful process. From representing social workers Kelly has gained first-hand insight into some of the many pressures they face such as increasing workloads, redundancy, restructures, shared service and outsourcing.
Kelly also work directly with SWE influencing policy and process on behalf of UNISON social worker members. Her enthusiasm for her role derives from empowering working people to take control of their working lives.
Gill has worked for UNISON and its predecessor union for over 30 years. Since the 90s she has held several national roles in UNISON’s local government section and has specialised in job evaluation and pay and grading.
She has also been a UNISON negotiator and Assistant Trade Union Side Secretary for national pay and conditions negotiations for staff employed on National Joint Council terms and conditions – the Green Book.
In her current role Gill is responsible for developing policy and campaigns on workplace issues raised by our social worker members and represents UNISON on various forums. UNISON is the biggest trade union for social workers and the wider social care workforce, with over 40,000 social workers in membership working across the whole range of social work employers including local authorities, NHS Trusts, the voluntary sector, agencies, Cafcass, and the care regulators. UNISON is the principal trade union recognised for social workers in the UK, negotiating on pay and conditions of service at national and local level and providing individual advice and representation to social workers.
Judge Bryer qualified from his law degree in London in 1984, doing articles in Uxbridge. He joined the court service as a magistrates legal adviser and served in adult and then juvenile courts.
Judge Bryer became deputy clerk to the Westminster bench in 1997 and later the city of London. In addition, Judge Bryer was secretary to the inner London advisory committee on the appointment of Magistrates from 1992.
In 2003, Judge Bryer became a fee paid judge in mental health.
In March 2009 Judge Bryer was appointed a full-time judge in mental health.
In 2014, Judge Bryer was ticketed to undertake cases involving restricted patients.
Judge Bryer has undertaken extensive work with the Judicial Appointment Commission and is now one of a pool of judges responsible for interviewing and assessing legal and non-legal (including social workers) candidates for judicial office.
Simon Foster is a freelance legal consultant and trainer. A former local authority solicitor, he was previously head of the legal unit at Mind. In 2004-5 he helped redraft the Mental Health Act code of practice and in 2009 he worked on the ordinary residence guidance for the Department of Health. From 2011-12 he was interim head of legal support services at Sense, the deafblind charity. Simon has also taught social work students at London South Bank University and Middlesex University London, and LLM students at Queen Mary University of London.
Bex Darby trained and then worked in the National Probation Service and in youth offending teams for 11 years as a practitioner and manager where she developed an interest and specialism in sexual offending and harmful sexual behaviour.
In 2013 Bex joined the NSPCC as a team manager in the Helpline; a national, 24/7 service for the public and professionals who have concerns about children. Within this role Bex contributed to Operation Yewtree (Jimmy Savile allegations) and other high profile or institutional child sexual abuse cases. In 2017 Bex was appointed team manager of NCATS, a specialist harmful sexual behaviour service within the NSPCC.
Bex has a Postgraduate Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Wellbeing from the Tavistock Centre. And since 2012, has trained extensively in the Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment and adaptation through the Family Relations Institute.
Colum became chief executive of Social Work England in September 2018. He is a registered social worker and previously led the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. He spent six years as chief executive of a not-for-profit providing care services across Ireland. Colum has worked in statutory family and childcare services, early years policy, funding and service provision, and family systems support services.
Dr Oliver Eastman is a consultant clinical psychologist and clinical lead within the National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS). He has worked in a range of clinical fields, including forensic, mental health and neuropsychology. He has extensive experience of managing, developing, and delivering services in the NHS and NSPCC for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour. He also works in private practice preparing forensic assessment reports for the parole board and in criminal and care proceedings.
Jo’s working career to date has been varied, starting in the housing sector, moving into community safety then early help and most recently domestic abuse, adolescents, and family resilience.
Domestic abuse has been a big part of all the work throughout Jo’s career and has had the opportunity to facilitate several innovative approaches to domestic abuse.
Jo has held several senior positions across local authority organisations, which have required extensive partnership work.
Partnership working has been key to all of the work that Jo has undertaken and crucial to its success from developing new policies and procedures to the opening and sustainability of new refuge accommodation.
Jo has been working with Surrey County Council for two years and in that time has overseen the implementation of the Domestic Abuse Act for Surrey.
Satveer has a passion for reducing stigma around mental health with a focus upon improving understanding of, and response to self-harm behaviours.
Satveer set up her company Attention Seekers? Training and over the last 10 years has delivered hundreds of training sessions. In 2019 Satveer trained almost 15,000 people. Through the business she delivers her own CPD Accredited Self-harm awareness course nationally alongside PSHE/PDC student sessions, parent awareness sessions, conference talks and workshops.
Though the majority of her deliveries are for education-based staff and students, she also delivers to housing staff, doctors, nurses, social workers, community care workers among others. Some of the media work Satveer has been involved in includes having a video featured on Head Talks, writing for the Boarding Schools Association Magazine and featuring in Natasha Devon’s best-selling book ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental’ and Jonny Benjamin’s ‘101 Voices on Overcoming Adversity’.
The key for Satveer is combining lived experience and evidence to provide robust sessions that remove the taboo of self-harm and suicide to not only increase the confidence of professionals in providing support but also for those who self-harm to feel empowered to seek support.
Sonia has worked within local authorities for over 20 years, with most of her career focused on domestic abuse. Sonia has led on several projects including the implementation of MARACs, domestic homicide reviews, domestic abuse training, and most recently the implementation of the Domestic Abuse Act in Surrey. Sonia’s passion and strengths are around relationship-building and partnership working, and she thrives on the opportunity to lead and support on new initiatives, policies and practice.
Sue has worked on the inclusion project since January 2022. Sue aims to provide four single one-bed units for domestic abuse victims who do not fit into mainstream refuge. Gaps that have been identified are for adult males, LGBTQ+ and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. This is a two-year pilot project based in Surrey and supported by Surrey County Council.
Sue’s mission is to find suitable, affordable, and secure housing for the people using the inclusion project service. These groups have complex needs and will require holistic specialist support with a trauma-informed approach. This includes emotional and practical support with recovery tools to enable them to move on to a new life free from domestic abuse.
Sue has extensive experience having worked for ‘I Choose Freedom’ for 11 years. She is a qualified IDVA and facilitator of the Freedom Programme and an avid campaigner for rights of people who have experienced domestic abuse.
Sue has participated in ‘round table’ discussion with Chris Skidmore (Minister of Constitution) with the aim to provide women in refuge with a more accessible registration process to anonymously vote and be placed on the electoral register without their names appearing to ensure future safety.
Sue provided a consultation on ‘exceptions to the limiting of Child Tax Credit’ for the Department for Work and Pensions. This resulted in refuge managers being added to the list of ‘authority to sign’. She has also provided a speech to Women’s Aid on her views of the ‘3rd child tax credit rule read in Parliament July 2019.
Sue has featured on ‘Susy’ radio, local radio station, talking about Claire’s law and other domestic abuse issues.
Sue featured in the Channel 4 documentary – Safe at Last in a Women’s Refuge.
Sue has written articles for the Independent newspaper and Women’s Aid national campaigns. She has also advised on a fringe play called ‘Bottled’, which was held in London.
Wulf is a reader in social sciences at Glyndwr University and a registered social worker. His formative experiences have been gained in both governmental and voluntary sector agencies, working predominantly with alcohol, drugs and mental health. He currently undertakes his practice within a peer-led recovery community organisation.
Wulf’s teaching is spread across PhD students and those on post-qualifying criminology and social work programmes. He is actively engaged in a range of research projects predominantly concerned with alcohol and other drug use, and policy and service evaluation. Wulf regularly publishes on these topics in academic journals, text books, practice guidance and blogs. He is chair of the British Association of Social Workers’ alcohol and other drugs group, chair of the Welsh Centre on Alcohol and other Drugs, co-director of Cyfiawnder, the social inclusion research institute, and co-editor of Practice journal.
Bruce Tregoning is an experienced family lawyer. Since joining Chambers in 2009 Bruce has developed a wide-ranging practice in the Family Courts including the High Court, throughout Sussex, Kent, Surrey and London.
Prior to his call to the Bar as a barrister in 2009 he was admitted to the Role of Solicitors in 2002. As a solicitor Bruce specialised in a wide range of family law issues which included both public and private law cases. He then practiced for 6 years as a child protection lawyer as an advocate solicitor for a local authority on the south coast; specialising in both public law children act matters and adult mental health cases.
Bruce also regularly undertakes in house training for professionals in respect of Children Act matters.
The Leeds Long Covid Community Rehabilitation service was launched in September 2020 and since this time, I have been a part of the service’s development, whilst providing rehabilitation to those living with this new and evolving condition- ‘Long Covid.’ Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2010, I have gained a vast amount of experience working in a variety of community and acute settings within both physical and mental health. I am passionate about service development with a particular interest in community based rehabilitation.
Mary Cridge is director of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission.
Julia Ross is chair of the British Association of Social Workers.