Michaela is a registered, qualified social worker with over 20 years experience working in Children & Families work. This has ranged from residential, family centre, youth club and children & families field social work including court proceedings. Latterly she has focused on early intervention work and programmes within children centres. She has supported Buckinghamshire University on a recruitment panel for the Diploma in Social Work programme and as a Practice Teacher has been an assessor for portfolio submissions on the Assessment Board for the Berkshire DipSW programme.
She was the lead in researching, setting up and managing a Family Group Conference service and working collaboratively multi agency and county wide to ensure practice standards and quality assurance. As such she has experience of project and team management and service implementation. This has included the development and dissemination of policy, operational guidance, multi agency practice briefings and training to support service implementation and delivery.
She has worked as an independent Consultant and Trainer – predominantly for the Family Rights Group delivering Family Group Conference training. In addition she has worked with local authorities consulting, devising and delivering bespoke training packages in accordance with need. She has also worked on quality assurance projects with a focus upon family feedback within the child protection and children in need services.
Michaela has a particular interest in developing targeted groups for Young Parents, Self Esteem & Domestic Violence and engaging with “hard to reach” families to make purposeful early interventions. She believes in a whole family approach in assessment and service delivery and as such thrives on working collaboratively with practitioners to support their interventions with families.
Michaela is a trained Trainer and has a BSc (Hons) in Social Work practice and a Diploma in Social Work. She has PQ1 in Social Work and is a qualified Practice Tutor. She is a trained and accredited facilitator in Family Group Conferences, Restorative Practice and Freedom Programme (domestic violence). She is trained and accredited to deliver a number of parenting programmes which include Triple P, the PEEP programme and “How to Manage Anger” relationship programme.