In the absence of the independent chair it would be difficult to form an independent view about the need for children to be safeguarded and whether the local authority was fulfilling its statutory duties towards children and young people.
Currently, I also teach social work students at Kingston University. Prior to qualifying as a social worker I have worked with homeless women escaping domestic abuse and battling with issues of substance misuse.
I have been seconded to working as a Quality Assurance Officer for the last six months. I have enjoyed this job immensely as it offered the opportunity to observe social work practice across the board and work on practice development with social work managers. I would eventually like to go back to work in operational teams as social work manager, however, this is a very demanding job and difficult to manage if you have young children, as I do."
I have worked in this role for three years, prior to this I worked in a pre-school education environment as a Deputy Manager and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. I am currently studying for a social work degree through the Open University and was successful in obtaining sponsorship from Surrey County Council to complete the degree through the employment-based route.
I want to continue working in a statutory social care setting and would like to continue my career with children and young people."