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The Training Team

Our aim is to form close, helpful partnerships with a small number of Local Authorities so we can support them to continuously improve the delivery of the services they offer to children, young people and their families. We prefer to develop long term relationships with our partners were we are able to see the impact of the training and development work that we do.

This means that each of our trainers are carefully picked to enhance our small company’s knowledge and experience.

All our trainers are social workers and they have had experience in practice in the last 2 years. We are always looking for opportunities to increase our practice experience.

Each of our trainers has areas of speciality. Together we are able to each across the breadth of Children Social Care.

The job of our team is to work in partnership with Local Authorities and other businesses offering social care to support, challenge and keep confident, curious and improving social work practitioners. We do this by offering:

  • Space to reflect on current practice and goals
  • Opportunities to develop insight into practice behaviour
  • Strategies to change or challenge those behaviours
  • Opportunities to refresh, acquire and practice skills specific to case work
  • Access to latest research and knowledge

Meet the Training team

Jo Fox

Phil Rigotti

Lynda Maudlin

Fareeena Shaheed

Paula Steele

Gerry Nosowska

Meet the Support Team

Peter Fox

Jools Watson

Erica Gaffney

Patty Williams

Our Values

Each member of our team practices Positive Expectations which emphasis’s a set of expectations around people behaviour and responses to power dynamics. We believe that this applies to staff at all levels of the organisation.


  • Staff want to do a good job. No-one wants to be ineffective (across all levels)
  • People work best when they have clear targets in view:
  • Performance can be improved if weakness is identified and worked on together;
  • It is the behaviour and not the personality that needs to change;
  • Paying attention to worker self esteem and self efficacy are crucial in helping them deal with criticism;
  • Agreed action on improving performance enhances commitment and trust

This approach, alongside our expectation that people will be able to have difficult conversations well in an adult to adult manner, supports people to talk honestly together across the power structure. We find that this approach helps to break down the language of ‘us’ and ‘them’ that is an unhelpful attitude for embedding changes in behaviour.

When we do have individual difficulties, we encourage people to talk to us in the breaks and we do what we can to mediate. The Strengthening Practice programme leads are very aware of their role as models of practice.

We adhere to the Social Work Code of Ethics.

Our Qualifications

We are all registered under the HCPC or the equivalent in Wales

We have all been through the Disclosure and Barring process and possess current clearances.

We are all members of BASW

Fareena Shaheed, Jo Fox and Gerry Nosowska are members of BASW.

We are social care work centric and we all understand the job and the needs of those practitioners ‘doing the doing’ each day.