I am the Operations Manager / Registered Manager for HOPE Fostering and have worked here at HOPE since September 2018. In this role, I have overall responsibility for the performance of the Agency, including ensuring successful outcomes for the children and young people living with HOPE’s foster carers and ensuring those foster carers receive consistent, high quality support from the team here at the office.
I hold an MSc in Management and Leadership and BA (Hons) in Social Work and registered as a social worker with Social Work England. I have worked in the field of LAC including residential, fostering and adoption for the past 19 years and have managed teams for the past 9 years.
I have been a Panel Adviser for an Adoption Panel and have vast experience of recruiting, assessing and supporting foster carers and adopters. I am qualified In Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and have a therapeutic understanding of PACE parenting which is important in parenting and caring for children and young people that have experienced early life trauma, neglect and abuse.
I am an adult adoptee and have my own personal journey of fostering and adoption. I am a mother and value the importance of supporting children to reach their individual potential, looking for their strengths. I enjoy meditation, reading and yoga and relaxing at home with family.
I worked in Local Authority from 2017 in a Child Protection Team supporting children and young people on Child in Need Plans, child protection through too Looked After Children including court work. I’m experienced in Signs of Safety and utilising a holistic approach in my practice. I have worked at Hope Fostering Services since April 2019 as a Supervising Social Worker and I’m currently undertaking the Practice Education 1 course at the University of Lincoln.
I graduated from the University of Sheffield in June 2015 with a Mathematics degree. After this I gained volunteer experience at West Area Project, a day service for adults with learning disabilities providing a variety of support for adults with learning disabilities. I volunteered for improving lives which supports adult with complex health and social needs which provides befriending support and signposting to appropriate services. In March 2019, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a master’s in social work. Whilst completing the masters I gained experience during my placements. I had a 10-day placement at Framework’s teenager parents’ service. My 80 days placement was in the Fostering Team in Nottingham city council. My last placement (90 days) was in Gelding child protection team in Nottinghamshire County Council. Since qualifying as a social worker, I worked in Ashfield child protection team In Nottinghamshire County council from May 2019 till October 2021. During this I successfully completed my ASYE year. In October 2021, I began working for Hope fostering.
My name is Amanda. I’m the Social Work Administrator for Hope Fostering. I started with the agency in September 2021, working towards a Business Administration certificate. My role is mainly clerical, supporting our great team with any documentation, audits and communication with carers and local authorities. You’ll likely see me taking notes during our Foster Carer groups or receive a call from me inviting you to a variety of fun events we like to organise for our young people. I studied Criminology and Psychology in university, which gave me a great insight into the behaviours and environments that contribute to childhood trauma. I believe it’s important to have insight into this in any role within child protection.