Tim has over 35 years’ experience in the field of Social Care. Beginning his career in a therapeutic community for children with severe behavioral difficulties he then moved on to work in a unit for children and young people with severe disabilities. In 1989 Tim qualified as a social worker. In this role he has experience in a wide variety of professional settings, including work with children and families, working in family placement, work with adults and children with learning disabilities and work with people with mental health problems. Tim also worked in secure settings working with children who were held securely for their own safety, worked as part of the out of hours social work team (EDT) and as a manager of a social work team. .
Tim’s area of specialist interest has been fostering services, especially the development of specialist knowledge and skills for foster carers. Tim has been involved with providing a range of training for foster carers and foster care staff, this includes, providing Skills for Fostering Training, on going mandatory training, training in specialist areas such as attachment and resilience, managing challenging behaviour and understanding legislation, as well as providing management training and qualification.
Tim has also undertaken several of short to medium term Social Work roles with agencies who have approached us to provide Social Work Tasks. Recent examples of this type of work include working as a Supervising Social Worker for an Independent Fostering Agency, Providing medium term management for a Mental Health Agency, providing Social Work supervision support for a number of Children’s Agencies, developing management policy and procedure for Social Care Agencies, as well as providing a number of short term Social Work support projects. Tim has been recently working as a Consultant Operations Manager on a part time basis for a large national Fostering Agency, with responsibility for Quality Assurance and OFSTED readiness for the North of England and Wales. Tim is fully conversant with most aspects of Statutory Social Work, Legislation, Current Practice, etc. and has recent experience in most areas of statutory Social Work.
In addition to the work outlined above, Tim has for the last two years have been contracted to work at Bradford University, on a part time basis, lecturing on their BA and MA Social Work degree programmes, covering programmes such as Communication skills, interviewing children and adults, professional Child Care Practice, Court Work and Understanding Values and Ethics.
Tim is also part of a team which develops and provides safeguarding and other training to a number of Premiership Football clubs.