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.

Fiona Cadwaladr

Photo - Fiona Cadwaladr

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.