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Supporting young people to evolve through effective therapeutic fostering

Your Team

We’ve worked with foster parents within independent fostering for over 30 years, so we’ve gained a huge amount of experience that we put to good use. Importantly, your dedicated team includes highly experienced and qualified professionals, in fostering, social work, mental health, health and education, whose joint focus is on building relationships with you and the children and young people you look after.

Your Core Team

Jonathan

Responsible Individual/Director

I can’t remember a time when I haven’t been surrounded by fostering. I grew up in a house with my brothers and sisters and up to as many as five foster siblings, some staying for months and others for years.

Alison

Registered Manager (Acting)

Alison qualified as a social worker in 2005. Alison started her social work career working in independent fostering services and has extensive experience in social work, management, and quality assurance.

Cydney

Office Manager

I am excited to be starting my career with evolve – during my time studying Sociology and Criminology at Bournemouth university I knew that I wanted to help better the lives of children and young people. I believe we will be doing exactly that at evolve as we offer a new and fresh outlook on fostering.

Kerry

Recruitment and Panel Administrator

“I grew up in a fostering family, and have been surrounded by fostering, children and young people for most of my life, this has clearly informed my career path over the years.

I have previously worked within the Independent Fostering Sector as a recruitment coordinator so have knowledge and understanding of the recruitment process and the skills and attributes needed for potential foster parents. I am confident in building relationships with applicants and supporting the application process through to panel, providing all aspects of administration throughout the process.

Having worked within the care leavers service for 3 years, I have seen the need for more therapeutic foster care/placements for children much earlier on and definitely before they reach the age of 18. It’s apparent we need therapeutically trained, empathic, insightful and reflective carers to care for and meet the needs of the young people in the care system.”

Simon

Agency Decision Maker

“I am a qualified, Social Work England registered social worker. I live In Brighton and have two grown up children. I have 40 years’ experience and expertise in children’s services, especially in the fostering sector, including as Responsible Individual, Registered Manager, Decision Maker, and Fostering Panel Chair. I have worked at all levels in local and national fostering services, from supervising social worker, through to senior management. I have worked extensively as a consultant with local authority children’s services and independent fostering agencies as well as national bodies, including Governmental.  I have published work and research in the areas of male foster carers, foster care associations, foster carer peer mentoring, and quality assurance.”

Jill

Clinical Lead

“Hi, I’m Jill. My background is as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, I have worked in a variety of different fields, including drug and alcohol street agencies and rehabilitation centres through to residential children’s homes and specialist fostering agencies. My current role is a senior clinician in a Kent CAMHS where I work mainly with looked after children.

In more recent years I trained further in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, an evidence-based intervention for trauma. I am also a long-term foster carer, with three teenagers currently with me. “

Laura

Supervising Social Worker – Kent

“I grew up in a family with foster children and I feel this experience has certainly informed my career progression.
I worked for twelve years for an independent fostering agency while studying for a Law Degree. After qualifying as a social worker, I went straight to work for Kent County Council. While there, I worked on the Adolescent Team, gaining experience working with Child in Need and Child Protection cases and also working with Children in Care.
I am really excited to be working with evolve and their therapeutic team, and to be able to support our foster carers to deliver the highest possible outcomes for our young people.”

Jackie

Supervising Social Worker

“Hi, I’m Jackie.  I qualified as a Social Worker over 25 years ago, initially working for a Local Authority within a Children and Families Children in Need team and a Child Protection team. For the last 20 years, I have worked within the Independent Fostering Sector as both a social worker and a manager.

I am very excited about joining Evolve and their therapeutic team, to work closely with foster carers to give young people the full range of support that they deserve and need.  I feel passionate about children having every possible opportunity to succeed and enjoy life, to have good health, and to feel safe and secure.”

Your Independent Social Workers

We have a number of qualified and experienced Independent Social Workers, who undertake fostering assessments of new applicants and experienced foster parents who are transferring to evolve.

Gaby

Independent Social Worker

“I have been a Children & Families Social Worker since 2002 when I joined the Local Authority and worked within several different front-line teams, working closely with police, health, education, and other key agencies to promote and safeguard the safety and welfare of vulnerable children. Working my way up to Team Manager, Gaby has experience of managing Duty & Assessment teams and an Out of Hours Service, where the support of children in care and close liaison with their foster carers to achieve the best outcomes for children is a key requirement. As a Practice Educator and somebody who enjoys supporting and developing the practise of others, I have supervised both social workers and foster carers, helping them to reach their full potential whilst progressing their individual career paths. I have also provided training to foster carers on a variety of different subjects. Now working solely as an Independent Social Worker, I specialise in assessing prospective foster carers, exploring both their current strengths and areas for development, whilst supporting them through every stage of the process. As an excellent communicator, I readily engage applicants helping them to feel at ease, offering important encouragement and guidance as they embark upon their” fostering journey.

Zara

Independent Social Worker

“I’m Zara and I qualified in 2014, where I worked in the child protection field. This is where I began to develop my passion in supporting and achieving change with the families I worked with. I have worked in practice development roles, undertaking auditing, mentoring and coaching less experienced workers, as well as undertaking practice teaching at local universities. More recently in 2017; I started assessing foster carers through the Form F process, providing robust and succinct reports.”

Alina

Independent Social Worker

“Hi I am Alina am I am a qualified social worker with over 12 years’ experience in statutory children’s social work. My experience includes working as a social worker, senior practitioner and team manager for Kent and other local authorities across London in various teams such as Referral and Assessment, Child Protection long term, Care Planning and Fostering teams.

In August 2022 I became an Independent Social Worker undertaking a wide range of complex reports in relation to children and families in need and parenting assessments within the Pre-Proceedings framework as well as cases within Care Proceedings, Private Law Proceedings, SGO, Viability Assessments, Connected Person/ Kinship and Regulation 24 Assessments. My expertise is with children in care and fostering, areas on which I have focused since 2015 and this has enabled me to become an experienced Form F Assessor and undertake assessments of prospective foster carers for Independent Fostering Agencies, Local Authorities and sit in Fostering Panels.

My experience of working with and assessing families from a wide range of cultures and ethnicities including families whose first language is not English. Throughout my career, inherent in my practice, is a commitment to ensure equal opportunities and embracing of all cultures, ethnicities and diversity.”

Gunter Becht

Independent Social Worker

Gunter has worked for many years in the fields of fostering and adoption, as a social worker as well as Registered Manager.  He has also been a foster carer with a special interest in Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Minors.  He currently sits as an Independent Panel Member on a number of fostering panels and undertakes fostering assessments.

Your Fostering Panel

Julia

Panel Chair

“BA (Hons) in Early Years; Early Years Professional Status; National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership; Advanced Diploma in Expert Practice in Work with Traumatised Children. My name is Julia, and I am an Independent Panel Member and Vice Chair. I have over 30 years’ experience working in the children’s services sector, including 18 years with the local authority and 10 years establishing and running my own childcare provisions. I am a parent and foster carer.
In my spare time I enjoy walking my dogs, gardening, and baking.”

Jo

Panel Vice Chair

“My background is in education, working in the sector for over twenty-five years, encompassing all age groups from primary education through to university. In addition to teaching, my roles have had a focus on quality improvement, pastoral support and widening participation, including for children in care and care leavers. I have been an independent representative on fostering panels for thirteen years, in the roles of education adviser, vice-chair and chair, and I have also been involved in the development and delivery of training programmes for both foster carers and panel members. I have two birth children and two step-children, and live with my husband and youngest children just outside Canterbury.”

 

Stephen

Panel Member

“I live in East Kent, I’m married and live with my hard working wife and twin teenage daughters. I am a retired Police Officer and was a Detective in Kent Police for 30 years. In my spare time I enjoy long walks with our energetic dog and attending sporting events where I can; in particular I’m a keen follower of both Derby County and Maidstone United football clubs.

My career within the Police centred on the CID, and I have extensive experience in crime investigation. I was a member of Kent Police’s Serious Crime Unit and following promotion I eventually led the Anti-Corruption Unit at Police Headquarters.”

Mark

Panel Member

“I am Mark and I Independent Panel Member with a background in The Police Service. I am also a Foster Carer.

I am retired now but spent the last 8 years of my service specialising in child abuse investigations & safeguarding, working closely with partner agencies such as Social Services, Education & Health. The role could be harrowing at times but also rewarding and it has given me a good insight into the abuse & neglect suffered by children who come into care. It also gave me a sound knowledge around complaints, allegations and how to safeguard yourselves as carers as well as the children in our care.

Michael

Panel Member

“Hello, my name is Michael Crutchley, and I am 40-year-old male from Kent. I am married, with two young football-mad boys. As a result my life has transformed from aspiring premier league star to football coach and taxi driver! I am passionate about providing an input to the fostering sector and have been fortunate enough to undertake the role of independent panel member since 2010.

The role of panel member combines my studies (Social Sciences BSc Undergraduate, and Psychology PgDip) alongside my family background…. I was adopted at birth in a mixed-race family and grew up in Broadstairs, Kent. I feel as a “care leaver” I can evaluate and contribute carer applications in a different way to professionals. Adding value to the panel process gives me great satisfaction. My full-time role is vastly different and gives me a sense of balance. I manage a large team of IT Recruitment consultants in the City of London. I take great pride in mentoring and developing my team and servicing a wide range of clients across all sectors. So if spare time permits, I will be seen on a golf course looking for my errant drive or following my beloved football team from North London (I will not say which one!).”

Jennie

Panel Member

“I’m Jennie I live with my husband, teenage daughter, and assorted pets in Herne Bay. I have worked with children ever since my mid-teens, be it in nurseries, primary schools or in colleges, the latter of which involved mentoring and advocating for teenagers in a pastoral role. I have also served in a voluntary capacity via her local church for many years and set up and ran a successful Baby and Toddler Group for over 10 years. Other opportunities enabled me to co-lead a trip to Vietnam to work with families and children living in the poorest areas of Ho Chi Minh city. I am currently part of the wider leadership team within the church and alongside my husband she coaches small group leaders, helps with a bible study for teenage girls. I enjoy reading, making cards, watching True Crime TV and is passionate about patchwork and quilting.”

Sarah

Panel Member

“I am a qualified social worker who has been working in fostering for 10 years, before this I have worked in Supported Housing and Domestic Abuse. I have, over the past 10 years, been heavily involved in the preparation, assessment, and training of prospective foster carers. I always want to make sure that fostering is right for your family as well as any potential child. Having spent some years supervising carers I know how essential good support is to enable carers to do a role that is both challenging and rewarding. What I am always looking for in carers is warmth which I believe can’t be taught and a professional approach which can be. I am always excited to meet carers at the beginning of their journey and to know their experiences further along the path.”

Jon

Panel Member

“I live and work in Kent and until recently was a GP with over 30 years experience in Primary Care. I’ve been the Medical Advisor to a number of Fostering Agencies and have been involved as a Panel Member for some years. My wife is a School Nurse and I’ve 2 adult children.”

Kat

Panel Member

“I am a qualified and accredited CBT psychotherapist and EMDR practitioner. I have a specialist interest in working with PTSD but my training and experience can be used creatively to support a variety of common mental health difficulties including depression, OCD, social anxiety and generalised anxiety. I have worked clinically for over thirteen years within a variety of settings from custodial care to community NHS and private therapy predominantly with an adult population aged 17 years and above. I have provided consultant supervision for the university of Exeter, supporting clinicians working with young people within CAMHS. I am passionate about working collaboratively with individuals to support a pathway of recovery for mental health that is accessible and meaningful to the person. I am experienced in providing flexible therapy using remote platforms as well as traditional face time face appointments. I engage in regular supervision and work within MDT meetings to ensure the client remains central to any discussions and considerations.”

Jill

Panel Member

“I have a broad background in Education having worked in schools and universities. As a primary teacher I have taught children between the ages of 3 – 11 years before specialising in supporting SEND children as an advisory teacher and SENCO. I have also run a nurture group for permanently excluded children successfully re-integrating the majority back into full time education. Later in my career I worked in universities as a programme director on a primary PGCE course and later ran a masters programme in education for teachers and other professionals wishing to gain a MA qualification.
Throughout my career I have championed the importance of putting the needs of children first to ensure they are given the best opportunities to succeed and to reach their full potential.”

Rosie

Panel Member

Rosie is currently studying psychology at university, hoping to go into psychotherapy as a career. Rosie is 18 and was in foster care since she was 10. Rosie currently has a part time job in Primark.

Clinical Management and Office Team

Dr. Lesley Hanney

Strategic Lead

Lesley is a Consultant Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) with over 30 plus years’ experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, both in the private and public sector. She also trained in Art Psychotherapy and is an Association of Family Therapy Registered Systemic Family Psychotherapy supervisor.

Lesley has worked across various services including: Kent and Medway Strategic Clinical Lead for Children and Young People’s Mental Health services (CYPMHS); Clinical Lead for a locality CYPMHS; the birth family therapist for Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care; Family Therapy Clinical Lead for East Kent CAMHS, Clinical Lead for the Kent Post Adoption Support service as well as providing a successful private family psychotherapy service, which has involved completing child and family assessment for the court and local authorities.

Lesley has a specialist interest in the impact of adverse childhood experiences on children’ and young people’s neuro development, their attachment patterns and developmental trauma. Lesley has published several articles in this area and for many years provided consultation to independent and local authority fostering agencies across the southeast of England.

Lesley has experience in providing comprehensive assessments and trauma focused therapeutic interventions with birth families, foster parents, residential orders and special guardianship orders and adoptive families and offering consultation to professional networks. She has experience running psychotherapeutic reflective groups for adopted parents and foster parents, multi family therapy groups and in providing developmental trauma training, including therapeutic parenting and supervision programmes for social workers, foster carers and adoptive parents.

Lesley is an adoptive parent and has also been a foster parent so has first-hand experience of the joys and challenges of parenting these children and young people.

Jill Hanney

Clinical Lead

Jill is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing practitioner (EMDR). Registered with both the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the EMDR Association.

For the past eighteen years, Jill worked in the NHS as a senior clinician in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CYPMHS) specialising in working with looked after children. Prior to this, Jill worked across various fostering and residential fostering agencies, providing individual trauma informed therapeutic interventions for the young people and reflective supervision groups and training for the staff. Jill is also trained in Dyadic Development Psychotherapy a psychotherapeutic treatment method for children and families with complex trauma and attachment difficulties.

Jill’s area of interest and specialism is the impact of trauma on children and young people in the care system and providing targeted evidence-based interventions, for the children, young people and those that care for them, thereby improving the social and emotional outcomes for these children.

Jill has over 20 years’ experience providing training to social workers, foster carers and adopters in the area of trauma and parenting traumatised children and young people.

Jill’s interest in the field of trauma also extends to her role as a foster carer parent, having fostered young people for over fifteen years, enabling her to better understand and empathise with the rewards and challenges faced by foster parents on a daily basis.

Dr. Lewis

Clinical Psychologist

Lewis is a clinical psychologist working in both the NHS and private practise. Lewis completed his undergraduate in Kent and completed his clinical doctorate training in Sheffield.

Lewis has worked in a variety of different settings in the NHS; including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Child Development Clinics and in various Adult settings. His main clinical interests are in how mental health professionals can support foster carers to build resilient, compassionate and caring, homes and how assessment and formulation can inform this process. Lewis’ personal interests include cycling with his daughter and kayaking around the Kent coast.

Emily

Business Development Manager

After spending time within the NHS and Adult Social Care, I am excited to put what I have learnt into practice within Children’s Mental Health Services.

I am excited to join a unique company like Connect B4 Correct and help the growth to meet the increasing therapeutic needs of young people in the care system.

I am proud to have joined a company that is actively making a difference to the lives of young people and the people who care for them.

When not working, I can be found spending time with my Labrador and Cockapoo or binging a Netflix series!

Neve

Office Administrator

I’m Neve, the office administrator for Connect B4 Correct.

I have been a part of the Connect B4 Correct team for a year. I am enjoying learning about the effects of Trauma and Therapeutic Parenting whilst developing my administrative skills.

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