“I began my career during 1985 as a founder member of the Accommodation Project, which was set up to respond to the closures of Psychiatric Institutions. The tasks include identifying alternative placements for clients who had been living in these hospitals receiving long term care.
After qualifying as a social worker in 1992, I was employed as a Deputy Manager at a Local Authority Project specialising in working with adolescents which consisted of a Residential Service and Field Work Provisions. I became Project Manager for the residential component in 1993 and was involved with two other Residential Homes in advisory, development and supportive capacities. Also during this time I worked as a College Lecturer.
In 1995 I created Kites Children’s Services. This private company provides residential, outreach, training and consultation services to young people, placement providers and agencies working with adolescents and their families.
I pioneered the development of the specialism – working with adolescents who display harmful sexual behaviour in 2000.
During 2005, I founded a Fostering Service within Kites Children’s Services which integrated with the Residential, Education and Therapeutic provisions to provide alternatives for users.
In 2009 Andre and I started Mosaic Foster Care to complement Kites fostering service by offering long term foster placements utilising the same tried and tested integrated treatment methodology for a wider client group.”