Sharif has a background in teaching and training with a particular interest in multi-agency systems and inter-professional working in complex environments. He has designed and delivered numerous training programmes for frontline practitioners working with families, including the development of specific skills-based training for workers new to whole-family working for Suffolk County Council. He has mentored and assessed on the NPQICL programme for children’s centre leaders and the Early Years Professional programme.
Sharif has substantial experience of leading and working with both universal and targeted services. He has held a number of operational and project management roles across children’s services in Local Authorities for children’s centres, parent support, extended schools, intensive family support and service user consultation and business transformation.
Sharif was the lead commissioner for a number of children’s advocacy and wellbeing services for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, including multi-systemic therapy and brief psychological interventions for mild to moderate mental health conditions. Sharif worked as part of the strategic team overseeing the local implementation of THRIVE, and the re-design of the multi-agency response to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing across the county.
Previously Sharif has worked as the lead officer for early intervention family work in Cambridgeshire, overseeing the streamlining and focus of parenting courses, more focused working with children’s social care, and the development of performance and quality regimes.
Currently, Sharif is a lecturer for the University of East Anglia on the Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) programme and leads on collaborative working between mental health professionals and education settings.
Sharif is a qualified teacher, with a level 5 coaching qualification and the National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership. He also has an MBA, an MA in professional and work related learning.