CPP Meet the Team

Andrea Stone

Head of the Centre for Professional Practice

Interim Head of Children’s Safeguarding, Practice and Quality Assurance

Principal Social Worker

01384 814309

I am a proud children’s social worker, who having graduated in 2000 can still say that I love my job.   I have spent all of my career working in local authority children’s social work services. I still remember what it is like to be a social worker, trying to make a difference to children and their families and the challenges and rewards that come with that role.   That is why I am so passionate about practitioners having the tools to do their jobs and developing the skills and knowledge to be confident when they are about to knock on that door, for a home visit. 

 

I am therefore very pleased to be the Head of the Centre for Professional Practice and the Children and Families Principle Social Worker for Dudley.  This role gives me the opportunity to make a difference not just for Dudley children and young people but for our Children’s Services workforce.

I am an Advanced Social Work Practitioner at Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice. I have over 10 years experience as a qualified Social Worker in front line and management roles. My current role involves auditing, and linking in with services to improve practice quality. I am also leading on embedding Restorative Practice in the Authority.

 

I am hugely passionate about supporting the learning and development of practitioners. I truly believe this is key to delivering good quality social work practice, and achieving good outcomes for children and families.

 

When I am not at work, I enjoy walks in the countryside, and spending time with family and friends.

Nisha Patel

Advanced Social Work Practitioner

01384 813104

Christy Jordan

Advanced Social Work Practitioner

01384 813204

I am an Advanced Social Work Practitioner at Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice. I gained a BA Hons in Social Work in 2013 from Coventry University. I have worked as a Social Worker in an Adoption Team and in Duty and Assessment Service. I am the Link Worker to the Children in Care and Care Leavers Service. I am a Stage 2 Practice Educator and support Student Social Workers and Practice Supervisors for the duration of a statutory placement.

I am involved with the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE); I support with delivering Taught Days, Reflective and Group Supervision, Review Meetings and Direct Observations of Practice.

I Quality Assure Dudley Practice Guidance, complete Audits, and offer Coaching and Mentoring as part of the learning and development of the workforce.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two dogs; Kevin and Frank, going out for meals with my family and friends, and going kickboxing!

Vicki Silvester-Grant

Advanced Social Work Practitioner

01384 813201

I am an Advanced Social Work Practitioner at Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice. My journey into Social Work began in 2002 as a typist in a Children’s Duty and Assessment Team within Birmingham Children’s Services.  Within a couple of years I had the opportunity to manage an administrative team within CAMHS and a year after that I became a Social Work Assistant within a Children’s Duty Team. 

I was fortunate to secure a secondment during this time to obtain my BA Social Work Degree, which I obtained through the Open University.  While I have predominantly worked within Duty and Assessment teams, I have also worked within Care Management, Adoption and Children in Care settings.

Within the Dudley CPP Team, I am the Link Worker to the Duty and Assessment Teams and MASH.  As part of this role, I provide 1:1 direct support to Social Workers and Team Managers in relation to case work.  I complete a variety of audits within the Quality Assurance Framework and assist in promoting the knowledge and skills base of practitioners within Dudley.

Outside of work, spending time with family and friends is very important to me.  My main interests include photography, travel, food, movies and music.

I am an Advanced Social Work Practitioner at Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice.

I am the lead for the ASYE programme supporting newly qualified social workers, student practice placements and the practice education and the support and development of practice educators.

I’ve been qualified for 20 years with a background in child and family social work and practice education. 

I thoroughly enjoy supporting the development of social workers at all stages of their career and I’m committed to improving quality and standards in practice to ultimately improve outcomes for children and young people.

Ruth Kernarne

Advanced Social Work Practitioner

01384 813580

I am an Advanced Social Work Practitioner at Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice. I have 15 years’ experience in working with children and families and have previously worked in various roles within duty and assessment, care management and child looked after social work teams.  I have also been a Family Court Advisor and Children’s Guardian for CAFCASS and a Team Manager within Early Help.

Currently, I am the National Accreditation and Assessment Scheme (NAAS) Lead and facilitate the Induction programme for new starters.  I also undertake a range of audits within the Quality Assurance framework ensuring good practice is maintained and promoted within the workforce.

 

I enjoy promoting learning and development and provide and support, advice and guidance where needed.

Ryan Gale

Advanced Social Work Practitioner

01384 813029

I am an NVQ Level 3 qualified administrator, I have thirteen years of experience working within the administrative field, of those thirteen years I have been an administrator for Children Services for eight years.

 

I have worked with Safeguarding, Care Management, Assessment, Children Looked After and Care Leavers.  I currently provide Business Support to Dudley’s Centre for Professional Practice.

I organise and maintain the training events programme, develop and maintain the CPP Website, coordinate audits, process finance, advertise, promote and handle communications.

In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing, going out for meals with my family and friends, reading, music and watching movies!

Alia Siddique

Business Support

01384 816146

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