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.
Richard started work in this field twenty-eight years ago when he founded a residential service for children and adults using innovative approaches to outdoor education and groupwork. He moved to the mainstream as a child and family social worker, managed two local authority children's homes and then a child and parent support project for young children with offending behaviour.
Richard now works as an independent social work practitioner, consultant and trainer. Richard's practice specialism is in developing and assessing parental capacity when prospects for rehabilitation are uncertain. Across the past nine years his consultancy into Local Authorities and child care organisations has included consultation for the team around the child in complex cases and independent re-assessment in situations of disputed or complex permanency. Richard's opinion is sought in relation to the best interests of children in various legal proceedings and he is a children's Safeguarder in court and children's hearings in Scotland.
Richard's training work includes a range of child-care and related system topics for foster carers, early years, teaching, social work, residential, community and health practitioners. His aim is always to help participants clarify thinking and develop effective personal practice in situations where children and parents are affected by trauma and dysfunctional relationships.
- 2008–Present: Children's Safeguarder
- 2007–Present: Child Care Consultant, Lilias Graham Trust (residential family assessment and support services)
- 2005–Present: Director, Consultant & Trainer with Children's Services Ltd
- 2003–2005: Children's Services Manager, Barnardo's Matrix Project
- 2000–2003: Residential Children's Home Manager
- 1998–2000: Social Worker, children and families, Stirling Council
- 1989–1997: Director and Head of Centre, Border Adventure
- Certificate in Child Protection Studies, University of Dundee, 2002
- Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, University of Stirling, 1998
- BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics, University of Southampton, 1985
- “ The Five to Thrive approach is a very sensible, non-judgemental attempt to really reach out to those parents who need help the most. It would seem that it could be delivered in a very naturalistic and non-threatening way and could also greatly benefit those parents who themselves missed out on nurture in their early years. ” Jacqueline Lindsay, Renfrewshire – April 2015
- “ A very inspiring and insightful day. ” Carrie Nicol, Berry Hill School – January 2014
- “ Transformative. ” Scott Purdie, North Lanarkshire Council – January 2014
- “ Richard had a lovely manner when delivering the course. He came across as very encouraging and knowledgeable ” Kay Anderson, Edinburgh – September 2013
- “ I was very excited about today but it far exceeded my expectations. A fantastic day full of information, thought provoking!! ” Kim Schwenk, Suffolk – April 2013