The Devon Children and Families Partnership Business team has undergone some changes recently. We have welcomed a new Partnership Manager, Workforce Development and Quality Assurance Lead and Service Support Officer. Find out about the changes to our team below!
Stephen is the Partnership Manager, a role he started in April 2018. Stephen has a wealth of experience working across organisations and services. He started his career with the Metropolitan Police working within murder incident rooms. He moved into Probation where he focused on offender management and managing substance use. At the same time he started his DipSW and once qualified as a social worker worked in front line Children and Families teams within a London Local Authority. During this time he became very interested in early help and can remember chairing the first Team Around the Child meeting within the local authority! Stephen has also been a troubled families coordinator and developed whole family approaches. He has continued with his passion for early help, and for the past three years has been overseeing, as operation manager, the implementation of early help across Devon, but most recently the Exeter Locality. Stephen has been chairing the Exeter Children and Families Locality Partnership and arrives in his new role with a passion to work in partnership so Devon’s children and families can be the very best they can be.
Karl joins us in May as the Workforce Development and Quality Assurance Lead for the partnership. Most recently Karl has been working within Children’s Social Care, carrying out parenting assessments for families that are either in care proceedings or on the brink of. Prior to this Karl worked within the Children and Families teams at Devon County Council. Alongside this role, Karl has worked with a number of other Local Authorities, across the south of England, as an Independent Social Worker. Karl brings with him a passion for ensuring families across Devon get the very best service from all agencies and that that each family has ‘the right service at the right time’. He hopes to support the Partnership in ensuring all agencies feel confident about their own ability to safeguard children as well as feeling confident in what each other are doing.
Eleni joined the Partnership in April as the Service Support Officer. Eleni says…” I am really excited to be joining the Devon Children and Families Partnership, and working for such an important cause. I am 22 and live in Exeter. I studied History of Art at the University of Warwick which I really enjoyed. I got the opportunity to study abroad in Venice which was an incredible experience both educationally and culturally. However, I am very happy to return to my roots in Devon which has a very special place in my heart. I love the outdoors and going walking on Dartmoor at any chance I get. I am very passionate about helping others making a difference on young people’s welfare and wellbeing. My ambition is to use this genuine dedication and compassion within my career to protect those most vulnerable and positively impact the lives of others. I am looking forward to developing these skills within my role with the Partnership”.
Kate Nightingale’s role has changed. As of 23rd April, Kate is now the Senior Serious Case Review and Domestic Homicide Review Coordinator. Kate works across two partnerships; DCFP and Safer Devon Partnership. It is envisaged that this role change will enable learning from reviews to be shared even more widely across the multi-agency landscape.