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.
Polly is an experienced keynote speaker, trainer, researcher and project manager. She joined KCA as an associate from a children's services manager role at Barnardo's where she managed the National Information Centre on Children of Offenders; implementation of Care Leavers in Custody service and the SW Children Affected by Parental Offending Engagement Service.
Polly has a particular interest in participatory research and policy development and co-authored the Social Care Institute of Excellence Guide Involving Children and Young People in Social Care (2006). She has developed participation strategies within both health and social care services and is passionate in her belief that if any policy or practice is to effectively meet the needs of children and families, it must be informed by those who it affects. To this end she has worked alongside children and families to provide them with the support and training to actively participate in the production of research and policy influencing. And has written and delivered training and related to participatory ways of working and presented at national conferences.
- 2016–2018: Children's Services Manager, Barnardo's
- 2015–2016: CAPI (Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment) Engagement Manager, Barnardo's
- 2013–2015: i-HOP Strategic Development Officer, Barnardo's
- 2012–2013: Research and Evaluation Manager, Pact (Prison Advice and Care Trust)
- 2008–2012: Freelance Research, Learning and Development Consultant
- 2007–2008: Policy and Research Officer, Single Parent Action Network
- 2006–2007: Freelance Researcher/Evaluation Officer
- 2003–2006: Research and Development Officer, Barnardo's
- 2001–2003: Research Intern then Research Assistant, Barnardo's
- BA (Hons) Sociology with 1st Class Honours, Liverpool University, 2000
- Lundi Memorial Prize for Academic Achievement, Liverpool University, 2000
- Supporting Children and Families Affected by a Family Member’s Offending – A Practitioner’s Guide (co-author) – Barnardo's, 2017
- Proofed for Parents by Parents; Participatory One Parent Proofing: Toolkit, (co-author) – Single Parent Action Network, 2007
- Chapter 13: Mental Health, Sure Start Children’s Centre Guidance (co-author) – DfES, 2006
- Practice Guide 11: Involving children and young people in developing social care (co-author) – SCIE, 2006