Meet The Fosterline Advisors

Aims and Objectives of the Fosterline Advisors

Fosterline advisors aim to provide impartial up to date information, advice and signposting on the broad range of issues of concern to foster carers and those interested in fostering, in order to support foster carers in their role, aid retention of foster carers and encourage recruitment of foster carers.

Our advisors will never make judgement on any issue presented to them and will seek to empower the caller with the information required to make a decision.

Fosterline Advisors will respond to enquiries by telephone, email and on Fosterline’s interactive forum contained on this website Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

Fosterline Advisors

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I graduated with BA Honours Degree & Diploma in Social Work in November 2001 and have over 16 years of experience working with children and families across various roles from front line child protection to 16 plus teams, Cafcass and Youth Offending teams. I am also a qualified Family Mediator and Counsellor specialising in Person Centred Counselling. I am registered with the HCPC (Healthcare Professionals Council) and BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists). I also represent the ethnic minorities for the Salvation Army Contact Centre Management Group in Birmingham.
I am multi-lingual and can speak and understand Bengali, Urdu, and Hindi. I have written and published an article for an Asian newspaper to raise awareness around forced marriage and its impact on families. I have also worked as a presenter for Unity FM an Asian community radio show discussing social work issues.  I am happily married with three children and enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. My work at Fosterline has provided me with the opportunity to balance work and home life and a platform to share my knowledge, skills and experience with those who need support. My hobbies include pottery, art, and unwinding on long spa weekends with loved ones.
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I qualified as a social worker in 1988 having completed my CQSW and DipSW at Oxford Polytechnic, now Oxford Brookes University. I also hold a MA in Child Care Law and Practice from Keele University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Coventry University.
After qualifying I went on to practice with Warwickshire County Council before moving to a specialist family placement team with Barnardo’s in the West Midlands. From there I went on to set up the Children’s Advice and Representation Service for the NSPCC in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, before moving to Foster Care Associates as assistant director and subsequently regional director (Midlands), where I remained until 2003. After leaving FCA, I worked as an independent consultant until 2005 before joining Pathway Care as regional director of their new Midlands office.
In 2008 I was appointed Professional Advisor to FosterTalk, where I remain in post on a part time basis. As an experienced senior manager I have also carried out various roles in fostering services including those of registered manager, independent panel member, chair and Agency Decision Maker.
Fostering is my lifelong passion and I truly believe that only the very best foster carers are good enough for the most vulnerable children in society and this drives my ongoing commitment to working with my colleagues and users of FosterTalk and Fosterline to ensure that they receive the best possible advice and support.
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I qualified as a social worker in 1998 having completed my DipSW and Diploma in Higher Education at New College, Bromsgrove Campus accredited with Coventry University. I also completed a Post Qualifying Award in Social work Part 1. I have recently completed Dyadic Developmental Practice level (DDP) 1 & 2 which is a Psychotherapy and Parenting intervention model developed by Dan Hughes who is a Clinical Psychologist from the USA which has shown positive results to support foster carers caring for children who have experienced developmental trauma and have attachment issues.
As a supervising social worker and later as a Fostering Team Manager within Barnardo’s I have supported parents who are caring for children with physical and learning disabilities where I managed a short break service successfully biding for aiming high funding to set up and provide additional one to one activity services and setting up a youth club service within a special school. I have also supported and managed long term and short break foster carers caring for disabled children. Within this same service which was merged with Barnardo’s West Midlands Family I managed supervising social workers supporting foster carers with long term and short term foster carers who are caring for developmentally traumatised children. I also managed and operated the foster carers out of hour’s helpline for the West Midlands region.
For just over the last 1 ½ years I have been working as a senior supervising social worker for a Bromsgrove independent fostering agency where they are one of the first fostering agencies specialising in DDP; a Parenting therapeutic intervention model which golden thread runs through all processes within the agency to support children with attachment difficulties with Dr Kim Golding being the clinical lead. The agency is waiting to be an accredited DDP agency.
Before becoming a social worker I worked within various specialist education establishments with young people and pre-school children who had been excluded from mainstream schools and nurseries who presented with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Within these special educational service I supported the children integrating back into mainstream schools.
On the 23rd January 2017 I was successful in being appointed an Advisor to Fostertalk who deliver the Fosterline service to prospective and approved foster carers, where I remain in post on a part time basis.
Throughout my career I have remained passionate about providing high quality support for Foster carers who care for the most vulnerable children in society and therefore need the guidance, training and support from their fostering agencies to continue to offer this most valuable resource.  I look forward to continuing to support and offer advice to foster carers along with my colleagues in my new role as fosterline advisor.
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I qualified as a social worker in 1988 having completed my BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies and CQSW from Trent Polytechnic, now Nottingham Trent University.  I also hold a BPhil in Social Work with Children and Young People and Post Qualification Full Specialist award in Social Work with Children, Young People their Families and Carers (2013) from Birmingham University.
Following qualification I practiced as Social Worker in a Children and Families team in Kent.  I then returned to the midlands area to seek further experience in other areas of social work practice. I initially practiced in hospital generic social work before embarking upon a more specialist position with the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund, supporting children and young people with cancer and life limiting conditions.  From there I went on to work for Scope as an Area Co ordinator and Community Fieldworker, working with children and young people with Cerebral Palsy  and also embarked in further work in a local hospice as Bereavement Support Co ordinator.
Having a direct interest in meeting the needs of vulnerable children, in 2005 I decided to change direction and gain experience in the field of Foster Care.  I subsequently worked with Pathway Care form 2005 until 2015 where I held the positions of Independent Inspection and Reviewing Officer, Supervising Social Worker and Operations Manager.  Since this time I have worked independently and have undertaken roles to include Independent panel chair and panel member, FISS Advisor for Foster Talk and Independent Form F assessor for Independent Fostering Agencies.  In September 2016 I was appointed as part time Advisor for Foster line to provide specialist information and support to foster carers and prospective carers to further support the needs of Looked After Children.
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I am 48 years old married and live with my three children family dog and various other pets.  I am still a very keen sportsman and enthusiastic fell walker and manage to find at least one week a year to spend scrambling around the Lake District with the whole family and placements.
My wife and I were inspired to enter fostering following a chance encounter with a teenage boy at our foster friend’s birthday party. This young man had so much energy and charisma with a wicked sense of humour he charmed me completely. It was only after the party when our friend explained some of the trauma he had experienced that we decided to make the first tentative steps into the fostering world to see what we could offer. That was a decade ago and I remain a short term foster carer with the Local Authority and currently provide care for children from birth until eighteen months old. As a couple we were originally approved for children from birth until five years old but changed our approval age range since adopting our son Daniel.  Daniel was our second placement and has complex health concerns due to a congenital heart condition.
Looking after children has dominated and evolved my life and has presented many a challenge along the way and will continue to do so but the pleasure it gives is immense. I have watched our two daughters react to children entering and leaving their lives as they have coped with the normal trials of becoming teenagers and sisters to Daniel.
I have worked for a number of years for an agency providing contact and escort supervision for children within local authority placements and prior to that I was a General Manager with over seventeen years of experience, travelling to the Far East advising on code of practice for manufacturers on matters of practice and ethics.
Along with completing the CWDC for Fostering standards I returned to college to obtain Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
I am not special, nor exceptional, nor the best parent in the world, I have a normal home with the same issues and tantrums from teenagers and younger children like everyone else, but what I do have is a very supportive loving caring close family and friends, who like me believe in the holistic welfare of every child that enters my home. For this reason I want to share my drive and commitment for children and try to influence and advocate for the role of Foster Carer.

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