our associates

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.

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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.

Brian Cairns

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Brian is a social worker and a qualified teacher. His broad experience in social work stretches back across four decades, and he has experience of teaching and assessment in social work since 1995. He is currently lead associate with Kate Cairns Associates, offering training and consultancy for carers and guidance and support to other KCA associates and staff. He is also a judicial office holder, and serves on fostering panels

Along with Kate and their three birth children, he provided a permanent family for twelve other children between 1975 and 1997. He has published a study of this work with BAAF as Fostering Attachments.