Introduction to the BISP Independent Chair
I qualified as a social worker in 1982 and for three years, as was the practice then, I worked in a local authority with children and adults, covering every type of case from child protection through to adult mental health, eventually becoming an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act. I moved on to work at Manchester Royal Infirmary as a hospital social worker but then returned to field work and specialised in child care, particularly child protection. I eventually became a senior manager working in safeguarding and overseeing quality assurance in both Safeguarding and the LAC system.
In 2001 I moved to the voluntary sector and have worked in the executive teams of three charities delivering a range of services including adoption, fostering, residential care for adults and children, residential schools, secure accommodation for young people, community services, youth work, homeless services and support services for adults with learning disabilities.
In March 2016 I left full time work to concentrate on consultancy work.
Although a Londoner I have lived in the Greater Manchester area since 1977 and have always worked in the region part from a few brief months in Bromley when I made the grave mistake of thinking that a move south would be a good idea. I am really committed to the North West and the Greater Manchester region and have worked, in the past, alongside colleagues from Bury.
I am very excited to have been appointed as the Independent Chair for the Bury Integrated Safeguarding Partnership. The great task and privilege of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults has not been made any easier with the financial restrictions faced by all the agencies involved and by the constant need to respond to rising demand and change. However, I look forward to contributing to and working with representatives from all the agencies and also with the children, families and adult services users in Bury to ensure that the processes and practice in Bury are as good as they can be and are resilient enough to face all the challenges which the future may bring.