"During Reg 44 visits, Jacqui has offered sound advice, ideas & guidance,
that has helped to improve what & how we evidence good practice."
We believe children need to be in an environment that respects their individuality and diversity, offers them positive life experiences and enables them to develop positive relationships with adults and peers.
Established 2013 and based in Heysham, Lancashire we cover all areas across the North of England, including, but not limited to Lancashire, Cumbria, Scotland,Yorkshire, Salford, Rochdale, Oldham, Bury, Manchester, Stockport, Southport, Liverpool, Nottingham, Birmingham, West Midlands, Stafford, Wales, St Helens, Warrington, Sheffield, Leeds, North East.
Our core belief is that in order for the young people we care for to achieve their full potential, they must live in an environment that respects their individuality & diversity, offers them positive life experiences and enables them to develop positive relationships with adults. We strongly believe that a home should be child-centred in its approach to the way they work, and that for young people to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually they need to have positive role models who are able to protect them, guide them and plan for their futures.
Operations Director Lead Senior Children's Social Care consultant.
My name is Jacqui Graham & I am lucky enough to have been a part of many Young Peoples lives, having worked in residential childcare for over 30 years both in children's homes and ESBD schools & been a Registered Manager from 2002 until 2013.
I have worked for Cumbria County Council, Lancashire County Council and independent providers within the North West during that time. Jacqui has undertaken Regulation 33 and Regulation 44 visits since 2013 and has extensive knowledge of the children’s residential services sector.
My core belief is that in order for the young people we care for to achieve their full potential, they must live in an environment that respects their individuality and diversity, offers them positive life experiences and enables them to develop positive relationships with adults. I have strong beliefs that a home should be child-centered in its approach to the way they work, and that for young people to grow physically, emotionally and spiritually they need to have positive role models, who are able to protect them, guide them and plan for their futures.
I believe children need to be in an environment that respects their individuality and diversity, offers them positive life experiences and enables them to develop positive relationships with adults and peers.
Operations Director, SEND, Lead Education Consultant, Inclusion, Trainer Children's Social Care.
My name is David Graham and I have joined Grahams Consultants having recently been Head of the Special Needs and Disability (SEND) Service for Lancashire County Council where I worked for twenty years within a 300 + multi-agency team of CWD Social Workers, Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teachers, SEND Assessment Officers and Business Support. Prior to that I worked in day and residential specialist and mainstream schools for primary and secondary aged pupils for Independent Providers and Leeds and Surrey local authorities and also as part of a multi-discipline outreach team.
I have experience of managing service delivery and continuous improvement set against regulatory inspection frameworks and key performance indicators.
I am an experienced children's services and education manager working at a senior level and managing the procurement and delivery of multi-million pound projects and services.
That said I am always child and young person focused and my work within the public sector and private providers has always been lead by improving the outcomes for children and young people. I have had the privilege of working with inspirational parents, children and young people and professionals across health, children's social care, educational psychology and education for over forty years and my determination to see young people achieve their full potential and lead happy and resilient lives continues to be a key driving force in the work that I do.
Operations Manager , Senior Children's Social Care consultant and Regulation 44 visitor
My name is Tracy Brookes and I live in Kendal, Cumbria. I have a young family and dog and we enjoy getting out in the Lakes whenever we can. My background is in residential child care and I have significant experience working in private settings supporting young people with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. Most recently I have led and managed a specialist residential education provision for young people with a diagnosis of ASD and associated complex needs including Mental Health. I am an experienced Registered Manager with a proven track record of achieving 'outstanding' outcomes. I am passionate about raising standards of care and outcomes for young people and am a staunch advocate for residential support staff who can have such a profound impact on the lives of young people.
Regulation 44 visitor, Advocate, and Children's Social Care consultant.
My Name is Andrew Sofield I have 23 years management experience within Lancashire County Council which includes 12 years at a senior level as an Area Manager, Head of Fieldwork, Head of Children's Integrated Services for Lancaster, Fylde and Wyre with Assistant Director responsibilities, Senior Manager for Central Lancashire for Children's Social Care and as Senior Manager for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities for South Lancashire. Whilst roles and responsibilities have changed in each of these posts, they have all afforded opportunities to work strategically and operationally within an ever changing structural and professional environment.
I have been responsible for commissioning and directly providing services including all care services via fostering, adoption and residential care as well as youth offending services. I have been able to rely on my core training as a social worker, experience of working with children looked after within residential and foster placements and management skills to ensure the best possible outcomes for children. I am specifically experienced and knowledgeable in respect of commissioned and directly provided services to children in need, children looked after, child protection services and social care assessment.
I make sure that I am reliable and sensitive to the issues before I respond in order to ensure that the information is relevant and appropriate. I approach external partnership in the same way and as a result have led on many multi-agency groups including the Children and Young Peoples Trust in North Lancashire and the Local Safeguarding Group in Central Lancashire.
I am now looking forward to develop the services I offer in respect of Regulation 44 visits, children’s services consultancy and support for disciplinary investigations and safeguarding review.
Bridging the GAP (Grahams Advocate Project) Missing from Home Co-ordinator and Young persons advocate.
My name is Sarah Roskell and I enjoy my role working with Children & young people, as in my time spent with Young people as an advocate & MFC Interviewer. I feel I have made a difference for some of the Young people through believing in them and encouraging them to go above and beyond their ability to achieve. I help them to be heard and have a voice; we also have the opportunity to explore other options to running away.
I started working with Children & Young people as I felt I could make a difference in young people’s lives by supporting them to achieve and enable them to have a better outcome in life and succeed in adulthood.
I believe that every child has a right be heard, to feel safe and secure and live in an environment where they can reach their potential in every aspect of their life through positive life experiences, and provide activities to help them grow socially emotionally and physically.
Lead Senior Children's Social Care consultant, Regulation 44 visitor and Quality assurance administrator.
Hi, my name is Sue Harrington, I am originally from Morecambe, although now live in Heysham, I enjoy a healthy lifestyle, keeping fit, regularly attend the gym, yoga and walking our 2 dogs.
I have worked in children’s residential social care since 2013 having worked as the Care worker, Deputy Manager and Registered Manager I have managed large bedded and a solo occupancy homes.
During this time I have also dual registered to manage more than one home within the company. I have supported staff and management to meet the needs of the Ofsted action plans.
I have worked with challenging and vulnerable young people since 2001, having worked on various government funded contracts during my employment with the Connexions Service, I have a genuine passion and commitment to support young people through transition, barriers and help them develop skills to gain resilience and coping strategies.
I have experience and knowledge of supporting staff to develop and have a proactive approach in my work, very much working together to achieve the best outcomes and focusing on solutions to meet the needs of the young people.
Regulation 44 visitor, Trainer and Children's Social Care consultant.
Hi, I'm Dave Higgins and having retired from 22 years service in the Royal Air Force as a physical training instructor/ outdoor activity instructor, I began my second career working within the care industry some 17 years ago.
Working my up from support worker to senior support worker positions, and eventually Deputy and Registered Manager positions within a variety of care settings.
Working within EDB residential homes and schools / Children’s special needs and complex care settings /Adult Special needs Services & elderly care.
Having a passion for providing the best care and outcomes for all, and treating every individual with respect and humility, whilst remaining focused on individual needs.
I have a passion for most sports, and now unable to play rugby any longer; I am happy standing on touch lines through sun and rain. A happily married man with 6 children including identical quadruplet daughters, I also enjoy the quiet times for quiet reflection.
Regulation 44 visitor and Children's Social Care consultant
Hi My Name is David Philips, I have been working with young people over the last 23 years & been involved in Social Care since 2004.My Social Care roles have seen me working in the Scottish Borders, Cumbria, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire & Devon – a wide variety of settings from solo occupancy crisis beds through to six bed homes. I have held four different positions as Registered Manager – most recently setting up two new 2:1 Crisis Homes and managing them through to their first inspections at which we were judged to be Outstanding in all areas.My work life now holds a balance of management support / visits, direct social care work and also working as an outdoor instructor – this mixture allows me to focus my skills and passions into areas that I feel bring the most positive results for the young people I work with.Away from work you will find me exploring the natural world with my wife & our own three children, supporting them as they grow and develop into their own individual characters.
Regulation 44 visitor and Children's Social Care consultant
My name is Liz (Elizabeth Barrett) and I am an independent children’s social care consultant. I have a real passion for children’s residential care, and a genuine commitment to achieving change that ensures children and young people have brighter futures. I have over 40 years’ experience of operating, regulating, and managing, registered and community based services for Local Authorities, Independent and Third Sector Organisations, and Private Providers, in England and Scotland. These services have included children’s homes, a residential family assessment centre, 16+ resources, advocacy and children’s rights projects, and undertaking operational and responsible individual roles. Prior to setting myself up as a consultant, I have worked as a quality assurance manager for children’s services within the private sector, following a period of employment as a social care regulatory inspector with Ofsted. I have also had opportunities to work in youth offending services, the young adult homeless sector, and with children and families requiring residential family reunification assessments. I believe that this knowledge base enables me to provide a variety of targeted consultancy services that actively promotes the safeguarding and welfare of children, whilst ensuring regulatory compliance, and maintaining and raising quality care standards and best practice. I have for the last 5 years provided sevices including regulation 44 visits to children’s homes.
The reasons I do the job that I do now is because the most important thing to me is to help ‘children and young people’s individual journeys through a children’s home, by making a commitment to deliver quality services that achieves the best outcomes for every one of them.
Julie McShane – Regulation 44 Visitor and Children’s Social Care Consultant
Julie McShane has worked in residential childcare for the last 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sector.Julie has worked in a variety of job roles within residential childcare including a Registered Manager, Area Manager, Responsible Individual and an Operations Manager.Julie has worked for several large childcare organisations during her time in the sector and has built herself a credible reputation with placing authorities, commissioners and Ofsted to name but a few.Julie is qualified at NVQ level 3, NVQ level 4 in residential childcare and Diploma level 5 in residential management and has the A1 assessors award.Julie has achieved Outstanding judgements for every children’s home she has managed and has supported several homes to achieve Good and Outstanding judgements from Ofsted in recent years.Julie has 2 grown-up daughters and 4 grandchildren and loves spending time with them.Julie had her own dancing schools for many years and worked voluntarily with a large group of children and young people. Julie was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Blackpool Community Awards for her commitment and dedication to these young people.Julie also loves cats and spending time with her friends.
Kelly Harris– Safeguarding Lead Trainer and Children’s Social Care Consultant
Hi my name is Kelly, I am a safeguarding Trainer/Practitioner specialised in delivering one to one and group interventions, supporting vulnerable children, and victims and survivors of abuse. I am multi skilled in several areas such as Missing from Care/Home, Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation, County Lines and Domestic Abuse. My skills in safeguarding have been embedded from over 10- years’ experience in working directly with high risk vulnerable young people and families, as well as being responsible for managing large teams of highly skilled professionals and training partnership agencies such as Social Workers, Residential Care Providers, Police and Health Practitioners. My work varies from direct support with young people such as return interview, wellbeing support, CSE/CE Awareness; to bespoke mentoring/ training/ workshops for professionals.
I have significant Senior Leadership experience and have been instrumental in overseeing and quality assuring Safeguarding practices and standards. I am a strong ambassador for the advocacy of young people to ensure that their voices are heard, and their needs met
Sharon Woolhouse– Children’s Social Care Consultant and Regulation 44 visitor.
“My name is Sharon and I have worked with children and young people for over 10 years, with 5 years in managerial roles in settings that have been Outstanding and Good. I started my career in a residential school in rural Nottingham as a care worker, supporting children and young people with emotional, social and mental health problems. I have also worked in residential children’s homes with children and young people with emotional and social difficulties, learning disabilities and mental health problems, all within the private sector. My main goal as a home manager has been to provide care that supports and promotes the well being of children and young people, in a safe therapeutic, nurturing environment where they are treat as individuals to thrive and flourish into independent young people. In my spare time I enjoy being in the great outdoors, either in the Lake or Peak District either hiking, hill or mountain walking with or without my 2 Border Collies
Natalie Amber Raw– Children’s Social Care Consultant and Regulation 44 visitor.
My name is Natalie and I began working within the looked after system shortly after completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology. I have worked with LAC since 2014, my first role being within a therapeutic residential children's home. I worked my way upto senior therapeutic parent in the home before moving onto a different provision in my local area. I worked as a deputy manager for a year before being promoted to acting manager of the home. I have a level 3 qualification in children and young people's workforce, and a level 5 qualification in leadership and management of residential childcare. I also have an education and training qualification which allows for me to provide training to people aged 16 and above.
I moved out of residential child care to complete a Masters in psychology, during this time I began working at Aspire as an assistant psychologist, where I remain to date on a part-time basis. I also worked within a local authority providing direct work to children and families during court proceedings. I currently work as a regulation 44 visitor for NYAS and cover a range of private and local authority homes. I also provide consultancy work to residential children's homes alongside this. I am also an independent panel member for a local fostering agency.
Karen Tomlinson– Children’s Social Care Consultant and Regulation 44 visitor.My name is Karen Tomlinson and I have over 30 years of experience working with children and young people, most recently in supporting children and young people with emotional, social and mental health needs living in children's homes.Working as part of a senior team I have good knowledge and experience of leading teams to promote the wellbeing of children, enabling the children in my care to achieve positive outcomes. I am committed to raising the standards of residential childcare and supporting providers to do so.I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and two grandchildren, travelling, reading and going to classes at my local gym.
Jain Parker– Quality Assurance administrator
Hi I'm Jain, I work for Graham's consultants part time based in the office on Princes Crescent.
I am a keen walker and enjoys spending time with friends. when I can. I love all animals and everything about nature but especially love my cat Lola .
I Love to be outside in the sunshine & fresh air in my free time.
Lisa Herring - Quality Assurance administrator
Hi I'm Lisa, I'm a Mum of 2 beautiful children.
I work for Graham's consultants part time in the office. In my spare time I enjoy exercising and I Iove to walk.