Margaret has over 30 years’ experience as a social worker in children and families’ services, and 15 years' experience as a qualified team and regional service manager. Often described as a ‘self-starter’ and noted for her high standard of work, consultancy comes naturally to Margaret. With a background also in creative dance and therapeutic services, Margaret brings warmth, emotional intelligence and creativity to her work, which is a great help to teams who may be stuck or demoralised, or for services wanting to make the next step to dream big, transform and become excellent. Passionate and committed to her work, Margaret has set up innovative, therapeutic services within local authority, as well as charitable and commercial settings, and has led services to ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted results.
Margaret has considerable strategic and operational understanding and experience, and has used this to review and evaluate services. She has for the last 7 years worked independently as a consultant, trainer and coach in children’s social care. As well as providing troubleshooting leadership and interim management in a range of settings, she has delivered training, evaluation and implementation support on a number of DfE pilots supporting children’s mental health and in children’s residential placements. She also designs and delivers her own training on attachment and trauma informed practice, safeguarding, reflective supervision and staff wellbeing.
Margaret is also an associate trainer with the University of Bedfordshire’s innovative Contextual Safeguarding Team, delivering advanced training for multi-agency, youth facing organisations, and she leads on a contract to provide safeguarding training to schools in her local area.
She has written practice papers for the Children’s Homes Quality Standards Partnership and articles for publication in Social Work Now.
Margaret is committed to improving services to children and families in order to promote the emotional, social, environmental and economic health of the whole community. She believes in the primary role of healthy attachments, and positive interpersonal and systemic relationships, for achieving growth. Margaret takes her responsibilities seriously; has very high standards and personal integrity.
Margaret is a qualified social worker through an MA in Applied Social Studies and a qualified manager with an ILM Level 5 Diploma in Management. She also has Theraplay and DDP level 1 qualifications. Margaret is registered with Social Work England, a member of BASW and a founder member of the School of Facilitation Collective.