I have worked one day per week as a sessional social worker for EASL since 2017 in No Second Night Hubs and from late 2019 onwards at Passage House in Victoria. As a qualified social worker/Approved Social and then Approved Mental Health Professional, I retired In 2013 from my final full time substantial post in an inner London CMHT, regularly working one week in every six weeks with the AMHP team. I then also qualified as a Best Interest Assessor in November 2015.
I worked in the field of learning disabilities from 1972 to 2002,(getting a relevant qualification in 1974), initially in the North EAST and Surrey, but primarily in inner London. Roles included day centre management, field social work, and freelance trainer/lecturer/group worker (particularly with adults with learning disabilities, dual disabilities, challenging behaviours and complex needs, including parents with learning disabilities). I completed a DipSW in 1996, and BA Hons in Applied Social Science in 1997 after which I worked as a field social worker. During this time I also did some sessional work co- working therapeutically with individual, interfamilial perpetrators of child sexual abuse, and, separately, for the same organisation, worked therapeutically with children who had been victims of abuse. In 2002, I started work in an Adult Community Mental Health Team, subsequently in both Assessment and Treatment and Recovery Support Teams, and spent time on secondment to the Community Forensic Team, qualifying as an Approved Social Worker in 2004 (now an Approved Mental Health Professional).
Since my semi retirement in 2013, along with sessional work for EASL, I have continued to engage in independent social work as a Best Interest Assessor; and as a Rule 1.2 Representative and Paid Relevant Person’s Representative with people with dual diagnosis learning disabilities and mental health problems. I have done short term locum work with the Community Forensic Team, and since April 2020, I have returned to working as a locum AMHP.
In addition, in 2013, I successfully completed an intensive TEFL course and have taught English, primarily on a voluntary basis for two classes per week, to the large Latin American community in south London. Finally for a period of four years, I have volunteered in refugee settings one month per year, in France in 2016, Greece in 2017, and in Palestine’s West Bank in 2018 and 2019. I hope be able to continue with both of these volunteering roles.