Donna Ward has over 25 years of Social Work experience. She has 5 years experience of working with very challenging adolescents in both open and secure residential settings. Donna knows fostering "from the inside" as she was a foster carer for difficult to place young people for 4 years. Donna worked for 7 years as a social worker in a Local Authority Family Support team conducting complex assessments, case holding Child Protection cases and working in the Family Court arena.
As a Local Authority Social Worker she has also produced Kinship Assessments and now conducts SGO assessments.
Donna worked in the voluntary sector for a youth advisory
and counselling service and a homeless charity. She has experience of training, practice teaching, child protection and safeguarding, substance misuse, Youth Justice and Mental Health.
She has been an Independent Social Worker since 2004 and was a Children's Guardian until 2013 prior to taking responsibility for the Contact Service.
Donna is a licenced PAMs Trainer on behalf of Dr Sue McGaw and regularly trains groups of up to 25 people in the use of the Parent Assessment Manual software.
Donna has a special interest in adolescents and the management of psychological trauma. She also has an interest in Parent - Child Contact and Domestic Abuse.
Jane Andrews has a breadth of social work experience covering over 30 years, including 14 years working in the Local
Authority, specialising in communicating with young people, Section 47 Enquiries, Child Protection work and complex parenting assessments. Jane also has expertise in Youth Justice, early years,
group care, play work, training and social care management, including managing family centers and contact services.
Jane has been working as an Independent Social Worker and Children's Guardian for 19 years and felt to be an expert in PAMs assessments, (Parenting Assessment Manuel Dr Sue McGaw), completing over 20 PAMs assessment each year. Jane currently heads up the assessment service, where she is supported by a team of social workers and family support workers.
Jane is a member of BASW, NAGLRO and was a member of the National Council for Britain in Europe.
In 1995 Jane was voted "Working Woman of the Year" for her commitment to her work, family and community.
Both have extensive Child Protection experience and have given evidence in complex Family Proceedings.