Each of our associates has years of excellence in practice, using the theory and research that underpins our training and consultancy to inform their own work.
They come from a variety of backgrounds: foster care, early years, teaching, therapy, social work, psychology, health and justice. Many of them have moved between disciplines, as their interests have taken them in different directions. What they all offer is a wealth of practical experience, both in direct work with vulnerable people, and in sharing their knowledge and wisdom with others.
Interested in becoming an associate?
If you have a commitment to sharing transformative knowledge with those who work with children and families, and experience of training or consultancy as well as direct work, then becoming an associate with KCA may appeal.
For more information or to express your interest, please contact us. We will then review your CV, discuss your experience and explore the potential for working together.
Debbie is a passionate and motivated individual with over 31 years' experience working
with disadvantaged families and young people in public and voluntary organisations at local, regional, National and International Level. Her diverse career in this field has spanned roles as diverse as project worker /senior practitioner to Assistant Director on the implementation of an early intervention strategy within Barnardo's. Extensive practitioner and managerial Operational expertise and experience in LAC and Camp;YP leaving care, early year's education, early intervention with Families and disability.
In April 2017, Debbie became self- employed and has been developing National training programmes with a focus on LAC (cultural and religious needs- focus on Muslim children) with a local charitable organisation; The Flowhesion Foundation and has delivered consultancy and training across the UK for a variety of providers in the social care sector.
Debbie has a particular interest, passion and expertise in attachment, trauma and resilience based practice' and has always strived to ensure practice is inclusive and responsive to each unique and diverse individual and community that she
has worked with whether through Strategic influencing or local. As part of Debbie's National implementation role at Barnardo's, KCA were commissioned to deliver training to the work force of Barnardo's on attachment and trauma, particularly using the tool 'Five to Thrive' therefore Debbie has experience of finding strategies to implement learning from KCA training, into whole workforce practice and policy change and can provide diverse examples of this approach within her training delivery.
Debbie is also an Academic, and lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University on the Youth and Community degree course. She holds her first Professional Qualifications in Youth and Community work, later taking Level 7 qualifications in Coaching and mentoring, management and Leadership (NPQICL-National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership).
Debbie is also a parent of 6 birth children,(some who have disabilities) 1 adopted child and is also now a foster carer enabling her to draw on personal experience as well as professional.
- 2017–Present: Lecturer on Manchester Metropolitan University Youth and community and Early Childhood degree programmes
- 2017–Present: Associate Trainer for Flowhesion Foundation
- 2017–Present: Associate trainer with KCA
- 2017–2017: May 2017-December 2017-Freelance trainer for Social care hub, Oldham Training Centre, Learning republic
- 2014–2017: Barnardo’s Implementation Manager : Assistant Director- Early intervention
- 2006–2014: Barnardo’s Children Services Manager
- 1999–2006: Managed a team of leaving care workers; implementing the Leaving Care Act.
- 1995–1999: Lead practitioner for the North of Manchester working with YP
- 1991–1995: Community Development and Health Worker
- 1990–1991: Community Assessment Worker
- “ This training should be available for all people working with families, whether directly with children or not to help increase understanding for future generations. ” Claire Sawyers, Barnardo's – March 2018
- “ Very inspiring speakers! Really enjoyed it. This will help me a great deal in my work with families . ” Lynn Teasdale, Barnardo's – February 2018