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.
Fiona began her career as an Air Engineering Mechanic in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Whilst undertaking duties during the Falklands War in 1982 Fiona became familiar with the Royal Navy's social work department Naval Family Services and joined the Royal Navy's social work service in 1985, qualifying as a social worker in 1990.
After leaving the Royal Navy, Fiona worked for many years as a social worker and then manager for Cornwall County Council gaining a wide breadth of experience within childrens social work. In 1998 she joined the Cornwall Panel of Guardians ad Litem and Reporting Officers as a Guardian ad Litem. She continues to work as a self-employed Children's Guardian for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) in the North West of England.
Fiona is also an independent social work expert and is highly regarded within the North West Family Court Circuit where she is asked to report in many complex matters before the Family Courts.
Fiona is a social work trainer and consultant. She delivers training to a wide range of childcare professionals on all aspects of childcare, child protection and family based Court work and practice. She has developed training for Cafcass, Barnardos and KCA.
Fiona is an approved trainer for Cafcass, Kate Cairns Associates and Barnardos. She has also written study modules for the Masters in Social Work Qualification for Manchester Metropolitan University where she occasionally acts as a guest lecturer.
- 2014–Present: Social Work Consultant and Children’s Guardian in UK Overseas Territories
- 2010–Present: Associate Consultant and Trainer, Barnardo's
- 2001–Present: Trainer, Children and Family Court Advisory Service
- 2001–Present: Independent Social Work Assessor and Court Expert
- 1998–Present: Children's guardian (self-employed), Lancashire
- 2007–2011: Associate Trainer and Tutor, als-akamas Ltd
- 1993–1998: Senior Practitioner (Child Protection and child care team, Cornwall County Council
- 1985–1993: Social Worker, Naval and Personal Family Services
- Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, University of Bristol, 1990
- Diploma in Social Work, University of Bristol, 1990
- The “Poor Relation”: – Practice Issues and Dilemmas in Secure Accommodation Orders, Representing Children, NYAS Journal, Vol.18, No. 4, pp 241 - 248, 2006
- “ The best training that I have been on. It was relevant to my current role and got me thinking about my practice and how I can improve it and best support foster carers who care for children and young people with complex needs. ” Social worker, Salford – July 2012
- “ An excellent balance between statistical information and data alongside personal knowledge and experience. ” Patricia Tucker, Salford City Council – July 2012
- “ Very accessible in spite of it being a difficult topic. ” Patricia Tucker, Salford City Council – July 2012
- “ We will ensure that the excellent practice outlined during the course does not stop when the children leave our setting... It is essential that this is a whole school approach. ” Gabrielle Doherty, Teacher, North West – June 2012