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.