David Holmes CBE
David has been CEO of Family Action since 2013 and was previously CEO of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering from 2006-2013. David has worked in health and social care since 1995, has been a Senior Civil Servant in two Government departments (Health and Education) and a Chief Officer Children’s Services in local government. David started his career as a solicitor in the City of London and currently Chairs two other charities – Children England and Naomi House. David was awarded a CBE for Services to Children and Families in the New Year Honours 2014 and won Chief Executive of the Year at the HR Distinction Awards 2016. David is supported by the Family Action Executive Group, comprising of Funke Fatunla (Director of Finance), Ricardo Gomes Da Silva (General Counsel and Director of Systems), Helen Cantrell (Director of Services and Innovation) and Anja Bailey (Director of Development and External Affairs).
Jan has over 35 years experience as a qualified social work practitioner and manager. In recent years Jan held senior positions in 3 large Midlands authorities managing services to looked after children, children’s disability services and the establishment of the Virtual School in two areas. Jan’s earliest work experience was in children’s homes as a residential social worker and it was here that her ongoing commitment to seeking improvements in services and opportunities for looked after children was initially developed. Jan values adoption, supported by skilled therapeutic support as a preferred solution for a sizeable group of children who have experienced early trauma and their families. Most recently as Director of Adoption Support with Adoption UK, Jan led on a range of new developments to their family support services, in particular overseeing how their tried and tested peer-to-peer telephone support can be used to support families experiencing child to parent violence, including those in crisis and those experiencing disruption.
Advice Line and Adult Services
Pavlina is Head of Adult Services (London) at PAC-UK, supervising counsellors who work with birth relatives, adopted adults, adopters and prospective adopters and other permanent carers. Pavlina is registered with the BPS as a graduate member and has completed an MA in psychoanalytic observational studies at the Tavistock Institute. Pavlina has been involved in assessing and supporting families for over 20 years. Pavlina began specialising in the field of adoption over ten years ago when she joined PAC-UK’s Child and Family team. Since then she has also embarked on outreach counselling for PAC-UK which sparked her interest and experience in working with all parties to adoption. She is currently embarking on further training to become a UKCP registered adult psychotherapist.
Alvina had a long career in primary education management, specialising in the coordination of special needs provision. Later she joined PAC-UK as a trainee counsellor in a supervised placement and subsequently gained an M.A. and UKCP accreditation. Alvina stayed on at the organisation as a volunteer and later as a sessional worker providing adult counselling and Advice Line support until the end of 2013. During her time at PAC-UK she has provided counselling to a wide range of clients including adopted adults and couples, birth parents, prospective adopters and adoptive parents.
Patsy works as a counsellor in PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Ealing. She has over 20 years’ experience as a member of Wandsworth CAMHS multidisciplinary team. She completed her Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE) course in 1998. Patsy’s extensive experience encompasses working within CAHMS and a Post Adoption social services team working with special guardianship, counselling adult adoptees, adoptive parents and their children. Patsy is currently working towards the practicum in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. She’s also a parent advisor for the Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Programme and has offered training to PAC-UK subscribing local authorities.
Rita Cleary is PAC-UK’s Birth Parent Support Worker. Within that role Rita provides specialist support for birth parents, during a drop-in service twice a month at PAC-UK. Rita also offers support to birth families where there is direct contact with the child. She has written a practice paper for PAC-UK which reflects on her work with birth mothers at PAC-UK. Rita has an advanced diploma in humanistic integrative counselling. She completed PAC-UK’s specialist Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE) course and is qualified in cognitive behavioural therapy. She has been associated with PAC-UK for over 15 years.
Deborah works as a counsellor at PAC-UK’s outreach surgeries in West Sussex and the London Borough of Havering. Deborah has been a qualified social worker since 1985. She has worked in local authority, but for twenty two years primarily for an adoption service in a major children’s charity. Deborah has worked in all areas of the adoption process, including assessment and preparation of children, family finding and assessment of adopters and supporting placements, as well as supporting adults who are exploring birth histories and tracing. Deborah is trained to run Webster-Stratton parenting skills’ groups, which she has done over several years. She has been particularly involved in groups that have been enhanced to meet the needs of parents of adopted children.
Arnoldus is an integrative psychotherapist who trained at Metanoia Institute. He has a background in nursing, social work and education. He has been involved with PAC-UK (formerly Post-Adoption Centre) as a counsellor since 1994 as well as having filled other tasks, such as advice line and outreach co-ordinator, group work facilitator and clinical supervisor. Arnoldus’s interests lie in child development, attachment and relationships and he uses relevant theories to help guide clients through their material to hopefully find resolve, in a psychodynamic way. Currently Arnoldus sees clients in PAC-UK’s London office on Mondays. He provides services in the outreach service in West Sussex (Haywards Heath), Essex (Basildon and Colchester) and in Newham.
Rose has worked at PAC-UK for 23 years as an adoption counsellor, working mainly with adoptive and birth parents, adopted adults and professionals. Rose worked on our advice line for 23 years up until December 2013 and currently works as a counsellor in PAC-UK’s outreach surgery in Ealing. Rose qualified and worked as a social worker for many years before specialising as an adoption social worker at Coram Adoption Service. She has worked as a children’s guardian for 16 years and does Parenting and Contact Assessments for the Family Courts. Rose also coordinates and supervises PAC-UK’s Secondment Scheme for local authority social workers to expand their knowledge and expertise in permanency and adoption support work. Rose is a member of NAGALRO (The Professional Association for Children’s Guardians, Family Court Advisers Independent Social Work Practitioners and Consultants) and is registered with the HCPC.
Monica currently works as a freelance social worker and an Attachment based Psychotherapist. Prior to this Monica worked as the Director of the Post-Adoption Centre. Over the last ten years she has developed a small private practice working with adults including couples on exploring a range of relational difficulties that have impacted on their ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Monica has presented at various workshops and seminars on Adoption issues and for the last ten years taught the Race, Class and Culture seminars at The Bowlby Centre. She has also facilitated a number of Webster Stratton training courses for adoptive parents. In addition, Monica works two days per month as an outreach adoption counsellor for PAC UK, providing face to face counselling to anyone affected by adoption, including adopted adults, birth parents and adoptive families. She is also a Independent member of a Local Authority Adoption and Permanency Panel. As a UKCP registered Psychotherapist Monica receives regular supervision and maintains regular post qualifying training and professional development.
Gill Jenner has worked as a counsellor at PAC-UK since 2000. She is an adult counsellor at PAC-UK’s office in Kentish Town and also works as an outreach counsellor at PAC-UK’s surgeries in Medway, Southwark, Waltham Forest and West Sussex. Gill qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has worked in adoption since 1990, covering all aspects of the adoption process. …Read More
Gill Jenner has worked as a counsellor at PAC-UK since 2000. She is an adult counsellor at PAC-UK’s office in Kentish Town and also works as an outreach counsellor at PAC-UK’s surgeries in Medway, Southwark, Waltham Forest and West Sussex. Gill qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has worked in adoption since 1990, covering all aspects of the adoption process. Since 1999 she has worked in post adoption for a leading children’s charity and she now manages the adoption support services for a local authority. Gill has considerable experience of working with people considering adoption, adoptive parents and their children, birth relatives and adopted adults who are accessing their birth/adoption histories and in acting as an Intermediary. She has undertaken various specialist training courses in attachment and the impact of trauma including PAC-UK’s Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE), Theraplay, Story Stem and Enhanced Adoptive Parenting.
Laura Stephenson’s role at PAC-UK is as an Advice Line and adult counsellor. Qualifying as a social worker in 1981, Laura worked in local authority adoption teams from 1988 to 2014, specialising in post-adoption work since 2000 following a year’s secondment at PAC-UK. Her roles have included direct work with all those involved in adoption and other forms of permanency, training, supervising adoption support social workers and supervising social workers assessing and supporting kinship carers.
Rose’s role at PAC-UK is as a counsellor in the adult counselling service, providing counselling to adults affected by adoption or permanency issues, including adopted adults and birth and adoptive parents. She also works on the PAC-UK Advice Line. Rose has a particular interest in the impact of separation and loss, identity issues and search and reunion. Rose is a qualified social worker with over 20 years’ experience of providing adoption support services and post care services to adults in a variety of settings, including local authority and voluntary agency. She has an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and has completed PAC-UK’s Adoption Counselling Expertise (ACE) diploma and undertaken PAC-UK’s Enhancing Adoptive Parenting training. Rose is a registered member of BACP and HCPC. She has worked as a research interviewer/team member on several major adoption research studies.
Fiona works at Head Office and as an Outreach worker for the Tri-borough (Westminster, Kensington and Hammersmith). She has been a social worker for 30 years and is also a BACP Accredited counsellor. She has worked throughout her career with children who are fostered, adopted or permanently placed with family members. Fiona worked for 10 years as an adoption social worker and manager, working with all stages of the adoption process. She then joined a London borough in 2007 where she managed the Adoption Support Service and Special Guardianship Team. Fiona has a particular interest in the impact of loss and infertility for all those involved in the adoption triangle.
Cascia’s role at PAC-UK is as adult counsellor and advice line worker. She is a qualified social worker with many years’ experience working in the field of adoption and fostering, both as a practitioner and manager in a busy inner London local authority. She is HCPC registered. Prior to joining PAC-UK Cascia worked for 11 years in the voluntary sector as a senior social work practitioner providing a post care and post-adoption service including adult counselling, access to/sharing care and adoption records, and intermediary and search services. Cascia is a qualified and experienced attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a registered member of The Bowlby Centre and UKCP.
Laura has been involved in services for Children and Families since graduating in 2002, particularly with Looked after Children and Care-Leavers. She began working in adoption when she joined the organisation in 2012 and specialised in working with contemporary birth parents and with people affected by adoption who are in prison. She also provides adoption support for adults from our outreach base in Halifax. Laura is a qualified Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist and currently offers counselling to adult adoptees at the PAC-UK Leeds office.
Chris qualified as a social worker in 1981 and has experience of working with children and families and with older people in both residential and fieldwork roles. From 1992-97 Chris worked as a social worker attached to a health centre where he liaised closely with GPs to provide a generic social work service including counselling for adults with mental health issues. During this period he completed the Advanced Diploma in Counselling course at Manchester University. Chris worked for After Adoption Yorkshire from February 2008. He has a particular interest in individual counselling and in providing support to adoptive parents.
Mike is Head of Adult Services (Leeds) at PAC-UK, supervising social workers and counsellors who work with birth relatives and adopted adults. Mike worked with contemporary birth parents for a number of years in Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Halifax seeing them at community bases and at home. He has run groups for these service users as well as presenting training for professionals around adoption issues. Mike has a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and is an accredited member of the BACP.
Wendy is a fully qualified social worker with a 30 year career within local authority services. She is also a qualified counsellor and has particular experience of working with children and families presenting with attachment difficulties. Wendy currently covers Rotherham and South Yorkshire working as an outreach counsellor with all those associated with the adoption and permanency process including adoptive and kinship carers, adopted adults accessing their birth records and those requiring additional counselling or seeking an intermediary service.
Clare is an adoption support worker and qualified counsellor. She has worked in adoption for over 15 years as a caseworker with adopted people, birth relatives and adopters. She currently runs the Leeds Office Advice Line, and PAC-UK’s Tracing service.
Angela qualified as a Social Worker in 1996 and is HCPC registered. Since qualification she has worked within many areas of social work i.e. with Vulnerable Adults and Safeguarding Children; Mental Health and Education. Angela is an experienced Adoption Support Services Adviser and specialises in the field of post-adoption, working with all parties in the adoption triangle: adoptees, adoptive parents, birth relatives and siblings. Angela has many years’ experience as an Independent Adoption Panel member and has practiced within Private, Voluntary and Local Authority agencies.
Katy has been working in an Outreach service for birth relatives in the Harlow area since September. Katy qualified as a counsellor in 2004 whilst working as a drug and alcohol worker within prisons. Katy has been a registered Member of the BACP since 2010 when she started working therapeutically in private practice. Alongside this Katy worked voluntarily for several years within a children centre setting working on the bonds of attachment with parents and children and took up a permanent position there last September. Alongside this Katy works therapeutically with teenagers at a pupil referral unit and with primary age children within schools in Essex. Alongside CPD training tailored to working effectively in the specialist area of adoption and working therapeutically with children further training has included a certificate in parent-child relationship skills in 2015. Katy became accredited in September 2015.
Before specialising in children and families Denise enjoyed ten years supporting children and adults with learning disabilities learning some Makaton and sign language along the way. Subsequently she went on to work with young people in need including asylum seeking young people, working within various local authorities before qualifying as a social worker in 2004. Twelve years as a qualified social worker supporting children in care and their families and Denise has gained wide understanding of trauma and loss and the impact on children, families and adults. Graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Social Care Practice (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) has further enhanced her skills in supporting young people and families. Denise completed EMDR training in 2015 to directly assist those experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Denise is also an experienced trainer, designing and delivering training to prospective and current carers. With her personal and professional experience, Denise is passionate about engaging with those who wish to improve and develop support for all affected by the care system.
Carol qualified as a social worker is 1989 and working extensively with children and families in a local authority setting, before specialising in adoption work. She has worked as a freelance social worker and trainer for several years and in May 2016 began work as an adult services counsellor. Carol is currently training to be a counsellor.
Val qualified as a social worker in 1983 and has over 30 years’ experience with children and families, much of it within the fostering and adoption field. Val has experience of working with all sides of the adoption triangle including direct work with children with an adoption plan, training and assessment of prospective adopters, adoption support and access to records for adopted adults. Since 2014, Val has worked as an independent social worker involved in a range of work relating to fostering and adoption. Val currently covers the Doncaster outreach base working predominantly with adopted adults and birth parents.
Judith is a social worker; trainer and qualified counsellor. She has specialised in post-adoption since 2005 and has worked directly with all those involved in or affected by adoption and other forms of permanency. Judith has also worked in Education and with children affected by parental substance misuse. She is very interested in the impact of early trauma on childrens’ development. Judith has worked as a Post Adoption Manager for the last five years.
Adrian is an adoptive parent who delivers PAC-UK’s Enhancing Adoptive Parenting (EAP) and Raising Kinship Care (RKC) programmes. He is also training to be an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and currently works in primary and secondary schools as a counsellor.
Claire has been a qualified social worker since 2012 and is HCPC qualified, is trained in Theraplay (Level 1), group Theraplay (Level 1) and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Level 1). Claire has been involved in providing post adoption support within the North East region for over 6 years to those affected by adoption. This has involved supporting contemporary and historic birth parents, supporting birth siblings and grandparents, as well as supporting adopted adults to access adoption records and searching for and establishing contact with members of their birth family. Claire was previously the lead worker for the TalkAdoption service in the region, providing therapeutically influenced group support to adopted children, young people and their families, and supporting those involved to have had active participation in the development and delivery of the service over the years. This involved supporting the steering group (of adopted young people) to ensure the relevance of the service to those who accessed it, and to get involved in wider project work to raise awareness of adoption and the impact to those who are adopted. Additionally Claire has delivered adoptive parents training group sessions, as well as the SafeBase therapeutic parenting course, and has provided direct support to adoptive parents. Prior to her social work qualification, Claire completed her CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education, and had worked in childcare settings as well as volunteering in her local community centre.
Prior to joining PAC-UK in Leeds Marie spent 10 years as an Adoption Support Worker for After Adoption, primarily supporting birth parents. She also provided intermediary support and counselling to both birth parents and adopted adults. Marie is a qualified counsellor and an accredited member of BACP. She also has qualifications in Theraplay and MIM, and has delivered the SafeBase programme and other group-based work for adopters. In her earlier career, Marie worked with adolescents in secondary schools and as an outreach youth worker, as well as a parent support worker, and gained qualifications in both these fields. Her experience of counselling vulnerable adults and victims enables Marie to bring a deep understanding to her role, along with the appreciation of young vulnerable teenagers’ needs and how they are unable to break the cycle leading them to become the birth parents of today. At PAC-UK, Marie will act as a Practice Manager covering the One Adoption contract and also for Lincolnshire Local Authority. She is passionate about supporting interventions in order to change lives for the better.
Chris has been an HCPC registered social worker since 1978. She had experience in many local authority settings before working for the Adoption Team in Middlesbrough. She completed a PACT counselling qualification through PAC in 2002 and since then has worked for After Adoption Yorkshire, After Adoption, UK Donor Link and now PAC-UK. Chris has provided support for adopted people, birth relatives and first families in North Yorkshire, and will continue to offer these services in conjunction with One Adoption. She has also worked with adopted children in outward bound camps.Chris is particularly skilled at providing search and intermediary services as she considers it to be the perfect combination of skills for a social worker who is also a history graduate.
Prior to joining PAC-UK, Janet worked at After Adoption for 5 years supporting young people and adults affected by adoption, including adopted adults wishing to access adoption records, as well as birth relatives. Janet also spent 13 years working for The Catholic Children’s Society, (now part of Caritas), delivering parenting courses, both in group settings and one to one. She also ran family support groups for vulnerable families living in disadvantaged areas. After leaving college Janet spent 15 years working for Action for Children, providing intensive family support and parenting assessments for local authorities.
Ricia qualified as a Social Worker in 1987 and is based in the North East in PAC-UK Adult Services. Ricia has experience in various local authority teams including Community Mental Health teams in Sussex and Northumberland, Residential Services and in Adult Social Care. Ricia worked as an Adoption Support Social Worker with After Adoption for ten years, providing support for people affected by adoption, which included supporting birth relatives, children and families, access to records and intermediary work. Ricia is trained in Theraplay® Level 1 and has experience in working with adoptive families using Theraplay® influenced practice to promote parent/child attachments.
Margaret has worked in a variety of settings in social care for 40 years. She began her career working with children and young people in residential care. She qualified as a Social Worker in 1993 and then spent some time working in child protection. Margaret began working in adoption in 2004 and she has experience in all aspects of adoption work.
Lisa is a qualified person centred counsellor based in the North West. Lisa holds a teaching degree and has seventeen years counselling and teaching experience. She has worked for various charities and agencies including NSPCC, Barnardos, Place2Be, Wigan Social Services and Winston’s Wish, and has extensive experience of working with adults and children with complex trauma and bereavement. Lisa has previously worked within the Go4ward Barnardos Young People in Care Team, providing one to one counselling (for young people, foster carers and the wider family), facilitating group therapy, family therapy and training for foster carers. For the last two years Lisa has worked for Winston’s Wish as a manager and senior practitioner across the North West, providing bereavement support, one to one counselling, group therapy, family therapy and training for professionals.
Lauren trained to be a Social Worker at Leeds Metropolitan University in 2008. She worked in frontline child protection teams across Leeds, Cheshire East and Manchester until 2016. During this time, she progressed to a Senior Social Worker and trained to be a Practice Educator. Lauren joined Manchester’s adoption support team in 2016, which became part of the Regional Adoption Agency Adoption Counts in 2017. Lauren’s work involved supporting children and adults affected by adoption, including; adopted children, birth parents and relatives, adoptive parents and adopted adults.
Emma qualified as a social worker in 2008 from The University of Manchester and is registered with the HCPC. Emma has since worked predominantly within Local Authorities including Derbyshire and Manchester as a Social worker and Senior Practitioner within Child Protection teams. Most recently Emma has worked with an adoption and permanence team progressing children’s adoption plans and preparing children for adoption which included life story work with children and birth parents. Emma has also worked as a Social Worker within a residential assessment centre undertaking court directed PAMs Assessments for parents with learning difficulties. Furthermore Emma holds an MSc Psychology which included undertaking research into professionals attitudes when working with service users who have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and Emma also holds certificate in Systemic Practice accredited by the Institute for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. Emma has gained a wealth of experience working with and supporting parents who have challenges with mental health, addiction and domestic abuse and has experience of working directly foster carers and adoptive parents around therapeutic parenting and developmental trauma.
Alisa completed her Masters in Social Work in 2014 at Salford University and then joined Family Action’s Think Families Team in Birmingham, working with children and families with complex needs. Alisa then progressed into the adoption and fostering field with Worcestershire Children’s Services supporting adopted children, adoptive parents and birth families. Alisa’s work included completing life story work for adopted children and young people. Alisa, who joined PAC-UK in November 2019, also holds a BSc (hons) in Forensic Psychology and a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, which has supported her work with children and their families.
Prior to joining PAC-UK, Paula worked at After Adoption for over 3 years supporting young people and adults affected by adoption offering first family support, access to records, intermediary services as well as coordinating the letterbox service. Paula spent 15 years with Action for Children conducting parenting assessments on behalf of local authorities for submission to court proceedings. Paula has also spent some time as a Duty Social Worker for Wirral MBC Fostering Team finding placements for children coming into local authority care. Paula qualified as a Social Worker in 1999.
Selina qualified as a Social Worker in 2012 and has since worked primarily within services that support children and families. Selina has also worked within safeguarding services, and has worked supporting children who were cared for by the Local Authority Children’s Services. As an Adoption Support Social Worker Selina gained further experience of working with children that required therapeutic care approaches and post adoption support. Selina is trained in using Level 1 TheraplayⓇ principles which supports the child and caregiver relationship, and aims to improve attachment through play and interaction. Selina’s work within Children’s Social Care has included working with children and young people who were placed in foster care, residential care and who were adopted. Selina has also provided support to children’s parents and carers. Selina’s experience involves working with different forms of permanency for children within the fostering and adoption services. Alongside her role with PAC-UK, Selina is also an independent fostering panel member for a Local Authority which involves making recommendations on the suitability of carers to meet children’s needs. Selina’s role within the organisation includes providing support to people affected by adoption, which includes adopted people and birth relatives. She also provides support around helping people to access their records and intermediary work which involves helping people establish contact with members of their birth family.
Child and Family Service
Franca has over 20 years of professional adoption experience and has worked at PAC-UK since 1996. She has Master degrees in Pedagogical Sciences and Counselling Psychology from Belgium and the UK and is registered as a graduate member with the BPS. Franca was instrumental in developing PAC-UK’s assessments and intensive therapeutic interventions for adoptive families. She regularly presents/leads training days on adoption, trauma and attachment related topics.
Sue is an integrative Child Psychotherapist registered with UKCP, a registered social worker, an accredited NVR practitioner with NVR-UK, an accredited EFT practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique) with EFT International, an accredited Energy EFT practitioner, an AIT practitioner (Advanced Integrative Therapy – accreditation in process). She is trained and experienced in Theraplay®, and is currently working towards her accreditation as a practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing). She has undertaken Level 1 and Level 2 DDP training (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.) Sue is a former Guardian ad Litem. She has worked in the field of fostering and adoption for over 35 years and continues to train parents and professionals. She is Practice Manager of the Child and Family Service at PAC-UK and has worked there since 2001. Sue has an MA in Integrative Child Psychotherapy, a Pg. Dip in Drama Therapy, a BA in Applied Social Studies and a CQSW. Sue has a special interest in helping families deal with the impact of trauma on their daily lives.
Roz has been part of the Child & Family team at PAC-UK for 8 years, working with adopted children and their parents as a Child and Family Psychotherapist. She is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist, a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) Certified Practitioner and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. In addition to her MA, Roz is accredited in Story Stems Assessment Profile (SSAP), and has a PG Dip in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies from the Tavistock Centre. With a background working in the arts, Roz has worked extensively with children and teenagers in multi-cultural inner-city community projects, schools and multi-disciplinary teams for over 30 years. For the past 15 years, Roz has worked with fostered and adopted children and their families firstly at Family Futures and then at PAC-UK. When not at PAC-UK, Roz is Programme Director of the Integrative Child Psychotherapy MA training at the Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education (IATE).
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Ruth is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist (MA) with a passion for using art and music in her work. She has worked therapeutically with children and their families for the last 10 years. Prior to joining the Child and Family team she worked as an Education Adviser for PAC-UK where she delivered trainings and consultations for schools, helping them to understand and support the needs of adoptive families. She is also a qualified yoga teacher specialising in yoga for special needs, PTSD and family yoga.
Veronique Faure studied and qualified in France as a Social Worker (HCPC Registered), and in the UK as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP Registered). She also obtained a Diploma in Child Psychotherapeutic Skills, and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy. She works privately with adults, children and adolescents, and as part of the Child and Family team at PAC-UK. She has 25+ years of multi-cultural inner-city professional experience, in the field of child protection, children in care and adoption. Amongst other things, she has managed a Residential and Outreach Family Assessment Centre; she has worked as a Court Expert in Family Proceedings, as a Child Protection Conference Chair and as an Independent Reviewing Officer; she also trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists for 7 years.
Sarah Huntington has a degree in Psychology and Postgraduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies. She has an extensive background in working with young people in the looked after system and has specialised in working with groups and individuals who have experienced significant trauma and loss. Sarah has delivered play therapy with children and families since 1998 predominately with children who are fostered and adopted displaying emotional difficulties in their placements. Sarah is a registered graduate member of the British Psychological Society, she also holds a post 14 teaching qualification and has written bespoke courses on Life Story Work. She has completed a Level 3 in Counselling and Level One training in Non-Violence Resistance (NVR). Sarah is currently leading on the delivery of NVR workshops for adoptive parents in Leeds and Manchester as part of the PAC-UK Child to Parent Violence programme.
Jo is an experienced Child & Family Therapist and Social Worker. Jo has also previously been a Head of Service (PAC-UK Child & Family Service North) and Adoption Manager. Jo holds a PGCert in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and has also trained as an EMDR Practitioner. Jo has completed further training in Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy (DDP) with Dan Hughes, Dissociation with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Theraplayand MIM (Marschak Interaction Method) assessments as well as Systemic Family Therapy and NVR (Non Violent Resistance). Jo has been the National Lead for the DfE in developing a regional and national Child to Parent Violence Service. Jo has trained as a Parent Adviser delivering the Enhancing Adoptive Parenting Programme (EAP) as well as training professionals in EAP. Jo is a qualified Practice Teacher and NQSW Mentor/Supervisor. Jo enjoys working collaboratively with parents and extending support to include external and significant people important to the family. This has led to extensive work in schools where Jo has worked for several years with teaching and non-teaching staff to educate in attachment and developmental trauma theory as well as looking at creative ways to enhance the school experience for adopted children.
Tanya Killick is the Adopteens (formerly AT-iD) project lead, running an innovative pilot project designed and led by teenage adoptees, aimed at building friendships and giving teens a space to be themselves. Tanya is passionate about enabling teenage adoptees to have a voice on the issues that matter to them, to improve understanding and the way we work and support people affected by adoption. Tanya is also a qualified social worker with a keen interest in therapeutic work and is trained in Developmental Dyadic Psychotherapy (Level One), Non Violent Resistance (Level One), Enhancing Adoptive Parenting and therapeutic life story work. In addition Tanya sits as an independent member on an adoption panel for Barnardos.
Kathleen is a qualified social work practitioner, registered with the HCPC. She is also a qualified counsellor and is working towards accreditation as a child and adolescent psychotherapist. She currently works as an independent social worker, therapist and freelance trainer throughout the UK. As a local authority social worker, Kathleen worked initially with adults and children in a physical disability team. She then specialised in children’s rights and advocacy, and worked directly with children and young people who were in care or who had a care history, ensuring that they had a voice in matters that affected them. Kathleen has a keen interest in Attachment Theory, and the impact of early trauma in children’s lives. She is committed to developing her practice, particularly in these areas.
Adopteens Project Worker with a background in youth work, working with looked after young people, adopted young people and their families within a local authority post-adoption support team. Gaiena has a Level 3 qualification in counselling skills.
Daniela has been working in the adoption and fostering field for the past 14 years providing comprehensive assessments of children through a range of standardised interviews, validated psychometric screening tests and clinical evaluation tools to assess cognitive functioning, development, behaviour, attachment, social and communication skills. She has gained extensive experience assessing prospective adopters and foster carers as part of their wider assessment, specifically aiming to look at strength and vulnerability factors, predict better matches and post placement support needs. She has developed specialist skills assessing and supporting children who have been exposed to alcohol and drugs before birth and their families and evaluating the long-term consequences of prenatal substance misuse/ Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). She is also a Registered Intermediary for the Ministry of Justice, facilitating and evaluating communication skills of vulnerable witnessing going through police investigation and trial in order to help achieve best evidence.
Charlene is a PTUK qualified Play Therapist and has a professional registration with BACP. Charlene has worked with children and young people for 20 years. Some of this time was spent helping primary aged children break down barriers to learning within an educational context. This consisted of delivering sessions to groups of young people to help tackle difficulties such as self-esteem, confidence, bullying and friendship. She has spent a number of years working with Looked After Children who display extremely challenging behaviour and experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Charlene currently works as a play therapist, supporting children/young people improve their mental health and wellbeing and also supports families and schools who need advice about difficulties experienced by their pupils. Charlene delivers NVR to groups and to individual parents and is an intermediate Theraplay© Practitioner.
Darit is a PTUK Certified Play Therapist who trained at Leeds Beckett University. She also trained in Animal Assisted Therapy at David Yalin College in Jerusalem. Previous to this, Darit worked as a special needs teacher in both mainstream and special needs schools at primary and secondary levels in Israel and England. Darit has 20 years of experience working as a therapist in a variety of settings (schools, children centres, domestic violence refuges and charities) with children who have social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Currently, Darit works in a cancer care charity with children whose parents are either ill or passed away from cancer and also works privately with children and adolescents (and as part of the Child & Family Service at PAC-UK).
Kerry is a ACP registered Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and has worked with children, young people and families for the past 17 years. For the past 5 years Kerry has worked in a NHS CAMHS Inpatient Tier 4 service and the community CAMHS service. Much of this work has been with looked after children and their families. The work has involved intensive state of mind assessments that can help gain a deeper understanding about a child’s internal world. This can develop a deeper understanding of how the child relates to another and why they may behave in a particular way.
Gillian is a HCPC and BAAT registered Art Psychotherapist. She qualified in 2011 and has since worked with adults, children and adolescents in a variety of contexts. Gillian has experience of working with looked after children and adolescents prior to working for PAC-UK, and worked with looked after children and adolescents in a therapeutic setting before qualifying as a therapist.
Ania is a qualified Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (ACP registered) and has many years of experience of working with young people and their families in a wide range of contexts, including NHS CAMHS, social enterprise and more recently in independent practice. Before embarking on training in Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Ania had a long career as a specialist genetic counsellor in Clinical Genetics, working with individuals and families either affected or at risk of having children with inherited conditions.
Luke is a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with the ACP and BACP, with fourteen years’ experience of working with young people and families in a range of settings and contexts. After working as a teacher Luke completed an MSc in Counselling Psychology, working therapeutically with both adults and children, predominantly in educational settings. He later completed clinical psychoanalytic training at the Northern School of Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) in Leeds and worked in a multi-disciplinary NHS CAMHS team. Alongside his work with PAC-UK Luke is a tutor on the Masters in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies course at NSCAP, and also works as a therapist in a secondary school.
Charlotte Burton is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who trained at the Northern School for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (NSCAP) affiliated to the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. Charlotte’s qualifications include a degree in Psychology and Counselling from the University of Surrey, a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from Regent’s College and a Psychodynamic Diploma in Supervision from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. Prior to completing the clinical training at NSCAP, Charlotte worked as a Psychodynamic counsellor (Senior Accredited with the BACP) and supervisor for 19 years in various youth counselling advice and support services in deprived inner city areas in London, Leeds and Rotherham. Charlotte has a particular interest in working with children and young people who are looked after or adopted. She currently works as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Islington CAMHS and sessionally at PAC-UK. She is a full member of the ACP.
Joanna is an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist, MA UKCP Registered who trained at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education. She has a Diploma in Supervision, is certified in Child Therapeutic Skills and is DDP Informed (Level One). For the past 10 years Joanna has been managing a multi-disciplinary Child & Family team at Young Oasis, which is part of the Brighton Oasis Project. Young Oasis supports infants, children, young people and parent/carers affected by familial drug or alcohol misuse. Joanna has worked for the past 15 years in a range of settings in both statutory and voluntary services. Joanna is a member of the Well-Being faculty at the Institute of Arts in Therapy & Education and a tutor at the NAOS Institute. Before training as a Psychotherapist, she studied Fine Art (BA Hons) and is an artist led practitioner. Most recently Joanna has been the clinical lead for a project called the Art of Attachment, a project that went into depth to consider attachment relationships using the arts.
Helen is an experienced teacher. Having completed a BA in drama and a post graduate teaching qualification she taught in secondary schools for seven years. Helen has worked across the field of education with pupils in secondary and primary as part of transition schemes and nurture groups, working with children with a wide range of abilities and needs. Since joining PAC-UK in 2015 Helen has worked passionately as part of the education team to raise awareness of adoption based difficulties in education, and worked with schools and families to provide support and evidence based strategies to meet the needs of young people of permanence struggling in education.
Rebecca has worked for more than seven years in primary and secondary education. Having gained her postgraduate teaching qualification in 2010, Rebecca gained a wealth of experience as a secondary school teacher in the North West. During this time she implemented transition and mentor schemes; was responsible for raising attainment throughout the school; led whole-school CPD and pastoral support for Key Stage 3. Currently Rebecca works within PAC-UK’s Education Service delivering training and consultation to assist with the understanding of the effects of early trauma, loss and attachment difficulties on adopted and permanently placed children in school.
Hannah is a BACP accredited therapist. Hannah is an Integrative Practitioner with core training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and her previous roles include working as a Youth Counsellor. Hannah also has experience of writing and delivering 1:1 and group work therapeutic programmes to children and young people.
With a BA in Drama in Education and Society, Brenna is passionate about teaching using a creative approach. She is experienced in offering professional support and advice to families, school staff, and other professionals to aid their understanding of those in need, as well as facilitating bespoke support services for schools following critical incidents. Brenna also has an MA in Drama and Movement Therapy and is an HCPC registered therapist with experience working closely with schools developing plans and conducting therapy within mainstream and special education. Brenna also has experience working within NHS psychiatric settings, as well as the charity sector. Particular areas of specialism include working with people on the autistic spectrum and working with bereavement. Past work also includes coordinating robust clinical programmes, managing teams of clinicians and volunteers, and teaching history and dramatic arts seminars for university students.
Roxanne has worked with families, children and young people for over 10 years. This has included delivering training and workshops, and working with children and young people on a one-to-one basis. She has delivered empowerment recovery programs and advocated for children and young people in care or living with mental health issues. She is also experienced in providing advice, information and support families, children and young people as well as adults. Roxanne has recently completed an MA in Childhood and Youth and is very experienced working with children and young people who have experienced trauma and to support them in their recovery.
Mycah’s clinical practice has had a broad focus including childhood adversity, schizophrenia, mutism, anxiety, stress, trauma and depression. His practice supports the development of confidence, esteem and a stronger sense of self. He encourages the opportunity for children and young people to explore and gain greater awareness and understanding of themselves, situations and relationships.