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.
Julia is a social worker with 25 years practice experience primarily within children's services. She has been fortunate enough to have been in various positions which directly and indirectly impact on a child's healing from early trauma and abuse through direct work, managing individuals working with children and their families, and with those families caring for and working with individuals through their journeys.
Julia is actively passionate about the cliché, "making a difference." Her experience as a trainer has given her opportunities to share her passion and her intent to enthuse others. Julia is aware that she has an aptitude, as a trainer and manager, to motivate and inspire others in an enthusiastic and supportive learning environment. This has included delivering training as a Solihull Approach Trainer for a number of years over the country; facilitating Child Protection and Safeguarding Children as a regional trainer; and developing experiential training for staff and foster carers.
Julia is driven by a desire to know that those working with and caring for children who have experienced early childhood trauma, can measurably help children through enhanced understanding and knowledge and developing real skills to use on a daily basis in their relationships and interactions with children. It is an honour and a privilege for a child to allow us to be on their journey with them. The more we can understand and be genuinely at someone's side on this journey, the more confident each person, both adult and child, will be to take each step. Julia endeavours to bring this value base to life with passion in all aspects of her work, be it direct work, as a team member, in management or training roles.
- 2011–Present: Fostering social worker (Gloucestershire County Council)
- 2010–2011: Acting Fostering Service Manager (Herefordshire County Council)
- 2007–2010: Deputy Manager (fostering) Herefordshire County Council
- 2006–2007: Senior Practitioner (fostering) Herefordshire County Council
- 2006–2006: Acting Project Manager NCH (emergency temporary part time secondment) NCH Worcestershire, Leaving Care Project
- 2002–2006: Deputy Project Manager NCH Herefordshire, Crisis Family Intervention Support Tea
- 1999–2002: Adoption and Fostering Officer, Gloucestershire County Council
- 1992–1999: Generic Field Social Worker, Gloucestershire County Council, Tewkesbury Area Office
- 1997–1998: Registration and Inspection Officer, (part time secondment) Gloucestershire County Council, Registration and Quality Assurance.
- 1991–1992: Part Time Assistant Youth Worker
- 1988–1992: Day Care Officer, Oakley Adult Opportunity Centre, Gloucestershire County Council including secondment to Social Work training.
- 1987–1988: Work Experience Instructor
- 1985–1987: Houseparent, Stroud Court, Mid-Counties Autistic Society
- A1 Award – NVQ assessor, ??, 2005
- Training for Trainers, British Association of Fostering and Adoption, 2000
- Family Therapy in Context, University of Bristol, 1995
- Certificate in Social Service (CSS) CCETSW, Mid-Gloucester college, Stroud, 1991