Sara is a qualified Social Worker with ten years’ experience working within the Local Authority. For the past two years she has worked as an Independent Social Worker specialising in parent-child relationship work using the CARE-Index.

During her time as a Local Authority social worker Sara has worked in both assessment and intervention teams holding cases for children in need, child protection, children in care and complex cases within care proceedings. Sara also has experience of working with children in long-term foster placements and children being placed with adoptive families. Sara has work closely with birth parents, foster cares and prospective adopters and has a strong commitment to achieving the best outcome for children in all the work that she does. Sara has worked with children affected by domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol, severe neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

In the latter years of her work with the Local Authority Sara was a Senior Social Work Practitioner within a specialist attachment team providing assessment and intervention work for parents / carers and younger age children. Within this work she undertook a wide range of assessment work including complex assessments for court and intervention work ranging from early intervention to complex child protection cases. Whilst in this role, Sara attended extensive in house training delivered by a Clinical Psychologist in the areas of complex trauma, attachment, and mental health in children and parents.

Sara is passionate about working with the parent-child relationship and has been responsible for facilitating, overseeing and giving training on parent- child relationship intervention work. Wanting to develop her skills and knowledge in this area, Sara undertook the CARE-Index training in 2014 then the advanced level training in 2015. The CARE-Index is a robust and comprehensive 9-day training on how to identify patterns of attachment and risk between a parent and their infant. Sara achieved a level 1 reliability and has been working as an independent Social Worker undertaking primarily court based assessments using the CARE-Index to assess child parent relationships.

Sara has recently completed the Theraplay institute training in Theraplay and MIM, level 1. In her role as Therapeutic Social Worker at Beacon House Sara offers Theraplay as part of her journey towards full accreditation; and she also offers therapeutic parenting interventions to adopters and foster carers. With Sara’s experience in young children, she also offers parents consultations about effective and sensitive parenting approaches which can support more positive behaviour in the child, and a greater emotional connection.

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
    University of Lincolnshire and Humberside 1993-1996
  • Diploma in Social Work
    Stockport Collage 2004
  • Post Qualifying Award Level 1
    University of Chichester 2006
  • Post Qualifying Child Care Award
    University of Chichester 2008
  • Advanced Safeguarding Training
    High Speed Training, July 2019
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton (one day, May 2019)
  • Theraplay Basic Training
    September 2016, Viv Norris
  • The Meaning of the Child interview
    University of Roehampton – Ben Grey & Juliet Kesteven 2016
  • The Theraplay Institute accredited Theraplay and MIM Level 1 2016
  • Attachment and Psychopathology
    Pat Crittenden – Tavistock and Portman December 2015
  • Advance CARE-Index Training
    Pat Crittenden 2015
  • B.A.S.E Baby Watching Group Leader Training
    Dr Karl-Heinz Brisch 2015
  • CARE-Index Level 1
  • CARE
    Index (Crittenden 2010)
  • PAM
    PParent Assessment Manual (Dr Sue McGaw 2012)
  • The Signs of Safety
    (Dr Andrew Turnell 2012)
  • Graded Care Profile

  • NIMT
    (Neglect Identification and measurement tool)