Debbie Koroma

Debbie has over 30 years' experience working with disadvantaged families, children and young people in public and voluntary organisations at local, regional, national and international levels.

Her diverse career has spanned roles from project worker /senior practitioner to Assistant Director on the implementation of an early intervention strategy within Barnardo's

Self-employed since April 2017, Debbie has been involved in developing national training programmes with The Flowhesion Foundation focused on meeting the religious needs of looked after children and in particular Muslim children.

She delivers consultancy and training across the UK for a number of organisations in the social care sector and is passionate about exploring how we weave understanding of attachment, trauma and resilience into all aspects of work with children and young people as a route to ensuring practice is inclusive and responsive to every child's unique and diverse needs.

Debbie lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University on their Youth and Community degree course.

Perhaps most importantly, Debbie is a foster carer and a parent to six birth children, some whom have disabilities, and one adopted child. These children teach her, inspire her and inform her work.


  • 2017–Present: Lecturer on Manchester Metropolitan University Youth and community and Early Childhood degree programmes
  • 2017–Present: Associate Trainer for Flowhesion Foundation
  • 2017–Present: Associate trainer with KCA
  • 2017–2017: May 2017-December 2017-Freelance trainer for Social care hub, Oldham Training Centre, Learning republic
  • 2014–2017: Barnardo’s Implementation Manager : Assistant Director- Early intervention
  • 2006–2014: Barnardo’s Children Services Manager
  • 1999–2006: Managed a team of leaving care workers; implementing the Leaving Care Act.
  • 1995–1999: Lead practitioner for the North of Manchester working with YP
  • 1991–1995: Community Development and Health Worker
  • 1990–1991: Community Assessment Worker