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Jo

INDEPENDENT SOCIAL WORKER & ADVISER 
ADHD COACH WITH COUNSELLING SKILLS
PARENT & TEEN SUPPORT DURING LEGAL/COURT PROCEEDINGS 
ADVOCATE & APPROPRIATE ADULT 

AWAITING ADHD DIAGNOSIS

 Jo has been a qualified social worker since 1996 and has extensive experience working with a wide variety of clients dealing with family and legal issues. She has personal understanding and experience of ADHD in herself and both her children as well as co-existing conditions. Jo also has personal experience of LGBTQ+ and the issues that can bring in families.

Jo also qualified as a trainer and undertook advanced social work training to become a Best Interest Assessor – a specialist role in mental capacity and human rights. She has worked with a mixture of adult and children’s services including assessment and support with fostering and adoption, specialist mental capacity work and domestic abuse relationships. She has also assisted in courts, both family and criminal.

Jo became completely independent and self-employed in 2013 and enjoys the freedom this provides her in choosing to help the clients who really need her support. 

Jo is knowledgeable on social law, justice especially human rights and elements of criminal law and enjoys helping and hand-holding clients when finding  their way through complex issues.

She thoroughly enjoys being supportive and helping clients with understanding and navigating the social care, criminal, education and health systems.  She knows how confusing and perplexing this can be and is passionate about helping her clients understand the process and not feel alone.

Jo is a determined soul and puts her whole effort into getting the very best she can for every single person she works with. Jo is a very thorough person and likes to ensure everything she does is of excellent quality.

She is loyal and committed with a strong sense of social justice and keeps up with legal and policy developments. Jo is passionate about helping clients struggling with any issues and will put her heart and soul into getting the best outcome for each client.

Jo’s Particular Areas of Expertise:

– Systems in Social Care  (children and adults)

– Mental Capacity

–  Assessment/care issues/safeguarding (all ages)

– Deprivation of Liberty – most relevant for both children and adults with disabilities – for example includes the use of restraint, supervision, decision making around movement, residence, contact & communication

– Human Rights Issues 

– Contact Arrangements 

– Domestic Abuse Services  – Risk Assessment/Multi-Agency Working

– Confidentiality and Consent 

– Access to Records 

– Advocacy

– Appropriate Adult for police interviews in under 18’s or adults with additional needs

– Special Measures in Court  (Criminal and civil)

– Safeguarding issues – Children & Adults 

– Obtaining Disability Benefits 

– Court & Legal Issues 

– Safety Planning – Domestic Abuse  

– Disability Services 

– Care Planning 

– Human Rights 

– LGBTQ+ issues

– Victims of Crime Support 

– Needs Assessments 

 

Qualifications

MA/Diploma in Social Work  1996 

Certificate in Counselling Skills. Level 3   2003 

Certificate in Counselling Theory  Level 3  2002

Best Interest Assessor Training. Specialist Advanced Practice in the area of  Mental Capacity   2011

CIPD – Certificate in Training Practice  2010

Life Coaching  Level 3  2022

Jo

INDEPENDENT SOCIAL WORKER & ADVISER 
ADHD COACH WITH COUNSELLING SKILLS
PARENT & TEEN SUPPORT DURING LEGAL/COURT PROCEEDINGS 
ADVOCATE & APPROPRIATE ADULT

AWAITING ADHD DIAGNOSIS

Jo has been a qualified social worker since 1996 and has extensive experience working with a wide variety of clients dealing with family and legal issues. She has personal understanding and experience of ADHD in herself and both her children as well as co-existing conditions. Jo also has personal experience of LGBTQ+ and the issues that can bring in families.

Jo also qualified as a trainer and undertook advanced social work training to become a Best Interest Assessor – a specialist role in mental capacity and human rights. She has worked with a mixture of adult and children’s services including assessment and support with fostering and adoption, specialist mental capacity work and domestic abuse relationships. She has also assisted in courts, both family and criminal.

Jo became completely independent and self-employed in 2013 and enjoys the freedom this provides her in choosing to help the clients who really need her support.

Jo is knowledgeable on social law, justice especially human rights and elements of criminal law and enjoys helping and hand-holding clients when finding  their way through complex issues.

She thoroughly enjoys being supportive and helping clients with understanding and navigating the social care, criminal, education and health systems.  She knows how confusing and perplexing this can be and is passionate about helping her clients understand the process and not feel alone.

Jo is a determined soul and puts her whole effort into getting the very best she can for every single person she works with. Jo is a very thorough person and likes to ensure everything she does is of excellent quality.

She is loyal and committed with a strong sense of social justice and keeps up with legal and policy developments. Jo is passionate about helping clients struggling with any issues and will put her heart and soul into getting the best outcome for each client.

Jo’s Particular Areas of Expertise:

– Systems in Social Care  (children and adults)

– Mental Capacity

–  Assessment/care issues/safeguarding (all ages)

– Deprivation of Liberty – most relevant for both children and adults with disabilities – for example includes the use of restraint, supervision, decision making around movement, residence, contact & communication

– Human Rights Issues

– Contact Arrangements

– Domestic Abuse Services  – Risk Assessment/Multi-Agency Working

– Confidentiality and Consent

– Access to Records

– Advocacy

– Appropriate Adult for police interviews in under 18’s or adults with additional needs

– Special Measures in Court  (Criminal and civil)

– Safeguarding issues – Children & Adults

– Obtaining Disability Benefits

– Court & Legal Issues

– Safety Planning – Domestic Abuse

– Disability Services

– Care Planning

– Human Rights

– LGBTQ+ issues

– Victims of Crime Support

– Needs Assessments

 

Qualifications

 

  • MA/Diploma in Social Work  1996
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills. Level 3   2003
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory  Level 3  2002
  • Best Interest Assessor Training. Specialist Advanced Practice in the area of  Mental Capacity – 2011
  • CIPD – Certificate in Training Practice  2010
  • Life Coaching  Level 3  2022