Ross began his career in 2001 working for the Local Authority as part of the specialist Looked After Children team. He also worked in the local authority’s mental health and long term child protection teams before setting up Channels and Choices with his colleagues in 2005. He is a Qualified Social Worker registered with the HCPC and he also has a degree in Psychology. Ross holds the registered manager’s award for children and young people and undertook the role of registered manager within Channels and Choices at the company’s inception in 2005. He also tutors professionals about managing conflict and appropriate physical interventions.
Steve is a Director at Channels and Choices. He is a Qualified Social Worker with a Diploma in therapeutic child care. Steve has over 20 years experience working with children and their families. He has worked for the Local Authority as part of the Youth Service, Young Offenders team, Education Welfare and 7 years in a LA residential children’s home. Following his qualification as a Social Worker Steve worked for the Council’s Long- term & Child Protection Team before he helped form Channels and Choices.
Martin has over 10 years experience working for Kent County Council working as both a residential and field social worker. Martin started his career in residential settings working with children and vulnerable adults. He worked at the Local Authority’s in-house specialist children’s home which catered for children with complex attachment difficulties for a number of years prior to Qualifying as a Social Worker. Martin then worked for the specialist ‘Looked after Children Team’ based in Thanet before he founded Channels and Choices in 2005.
Human Resources & Quality Assurance
Head of HR & Training Services
Paulette has over 20 years’ experience working with children & their families within a Social Services setting and in various Education Provisions. She worked for the Local Authority for 16 years as a Social Work Assistant and Administration Manager in various teams such as the Asylum Team, Children in Care Team and Child Protection Team. Before joining Channels and Choices Paulette worked in both Primary & Secondary Schools as the Lead Safeguarding Manager & Children in Care Coordinator. Paulette has been a Lead Associate Trainer with Kent Safeguarding Children’s Multi-Agency Partnership for the last 8 years delivering Child Protection & Safeguarding, CSE, Online Safety and Radicalisation Training to professionals across Kent. She is also a Home Office approved trainer and she leads on many of the courses provided to our foster carers and staff from all departments across the community. Paulette is a member of our Fostering Panel and also part of the School Management Committee taking the lead on Safeguarding in both roles.
Head of HR & Training ServicesBiography
Quality Assurance Supervisor
Jenny joined Channels & Choices in 2006 after completing various roles within the Local Authority’s children and families’ department. Jenny works alongside the Senior Managers and co-ordinates the quality assurance monitoring for the company to ensure that practice meets Ofsted standards as well as our own internal expected level of care.
Quality Assurance SupervisorBiography
Heads of Departments
Becky is a psychodynamic accredited counsellor with a career of over 20 years working with children and their families. Becky has worked with in education, social care and mental health settings and her last position before working at Channels & Choices Becky was as a therapist for CAMHS. Becky coordinates all therapeutic services across the Channels & Choices community including assessments for the children, training to staff and foster carers, individual and group therapy for the children in placement and clinical supervision to staff. She also arranges and monitors the on-going structured therapeutic thinking times for the residential, fostering and school staff teams.
Therapy Team Manager
Sue has worked with Children and Vulnerable Families for over 38 years. Firstly working within the field of pre -school children and youth work before going onto qualify as a social worker in child protection teams and family centres.
Sue left the local authority and spent some time with the NCH leading their Children Leaving Care Project and supervising fostering social workers. Sue then returned as a Team Manager for a Local Authorities Child In Need team before taking up a new position created by Medway to become their Mental Health Specialist for Looked After Children Sue was responsible for the mental health and wellbeing of their LAC children for over 10 years during this time taking her Master’s degree in Child and Adult Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry and training with the Family Relations Institute Sue sat on a number of panels around the wellbeing of young people and undertook consultations to support foster carers and adoptive parents plus supporting the local authorities children’s homes Sue was also part of ensuring that Medway Children had a voice on the National Leaving Care Forum
Sue left and then went onto become the Lead for Kent’s Therapeutic Re-parenting Programme until the authority decided not to expand the programme Sue then returned to Medway to oversee audit work for the Leaving Care Team, help organise a system for transition to adulthood for those who required residential placements and specialised care and support young people who wished to access their care records.
Sue then took a decision to become an Independent Consultant Social Worker firstly accepting a contract to work as the Principal Social Worker for an Inpatient Adolescent Mental Health Unit until moving onto become an Independent Reviewing Officer for Kent’s Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children and Young People Sue then left to go to Lewisham as the Lead Social Worker for Children on the Edge of Care (many who were involved in the gang culture in that area) plus supporting the parents and carers.
At the end of 2017 Sue returned to manage an Adult Mental Health Team in Kent sitting on the local M.A.R.A.C panel, The Vulnerable People’s Panel plus setting up and holding monthly consultation support meetings for the local Early Help Service and Children’s Team before joining Channels and Choices in her current position. Sue has been part of the University of Kent’s interview panel for aspiring social workers and facilitated workshops for students around Mental Health and Looked after Children for a number of years in a voluntary capacity Sue has worked with her local Holding on and Letting Go bereavement programme and Cruse
Sue’s ongoing passion remains trying to support those who are or who have been looked after Children manage a successful and fulfilling life.
Therapy Team ManagerBiography
Director of Education
Warren has worked within education for 24 years, originally graduating with a Bed Hons in Physical Education and English. After working across a range of different Mainstream provisions for 15 years, he left his position as Head of Faculty and Inclusion, to take up a role in the Local Authority as a Looked After Children advisor. As the LAC Advisor Warren developed his interest and specialisms in Attachment Disorder and Behaviour Management and working alongside Health and Social Care Professionals supporting the Therapeutic and Treatment fostering programmes. Warren returned to teaching in 2010 taking a position at Harbour a school for young people with behaviour and learning difficulties. As Deputy Head Teacher Warren was part of the leadership team that successfully had three consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspections and was recognised for innovative approaches to engaging ‘hard to reach’ young people through outdoor learning, vocational opportunities and restorative approaches. He established the Behaviour Outreach Team and has provided training and consultancy for a wide range of partners including colleges, schools and independent provision. Warren is a Restorative Justice trainer, Level 3 ASD qualified practitioner and has completed his NPQH. He was Acting Head Teacher at Harbour during a period of Transition and most recently been Head Teacher of Birchwood PRU. He is a keen outdoor enthusiast spending as much time on the water or in the woods as possible, a qualified Kayak and Canoe Coach, level 1 cycling coach and a Duke of Edinburgh Leader, Warren volunteers at his local kayak club. He is a keen cyclist and is near to completing his Level 3 Forest School Leader. His spare time is spent with his family, dogs and introducing his granddaughters to the great outdoors.
Director of EducationBiography
David has worked in education for 18 years, starting in Further Education before working in mainstream education for 12 years as a PE teacher, Head of Department, Assistant Head Teacher and Vice Principal; followed by a short period as a University Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University David joined the Senior Leadership Team at St Anthony’s School for children with complex SEMH and Learning needs. In his first year at St Anthony’s he helped secure a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection outcome with his main areas of expertise being curriculum design and assessment, Secondary education provision and pastoral care, as well as organisation management across the school. David was appointed as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in December 2016, working to support other schools and institutions to improve the quality of their provision and outcomes as part of a national DfE initiative. In his spare time David plays Rugby and Cricket, cycles to keep fit and walks his dogs regularly. David is a passionate skier and takes his family and school groups on ski holidays whenever he can.
Fostering Team Manager
Sarah has over 25 years’ experience of working with children and families in a variety of settings. After qualifying as a Social Worker in 2010 Sarah worked for the Local Authority in a Children and Families Team and subsequently for 5 years in a Child In Care Team. She joined Channels & Choices in 2017 as a Senior Practitioner in the Fostering Team before moving to the position of Fostering Manager (awaiting registration) in June 2019.
Fostering Team ManagerBiography
Kate joined Channels and Choices in 2008 as a residential care worker and quickly progressed towards management. She was a key member in the pilot project of ‘Bearing the Unbearable’, led by Christine Bradley, as well as completing her level 3 Diploma in Health and Social care and level 5 in Leadership and Management. Kate has since progressed to Residential Services Senior Manager for our group living residential houses.
Area Manager Residential CareAdam has worked in the residential children’s sector for ten years progressing rapidly from residential care worker to management resulting in 2014 becoming registered manager for a 6 bedded therapeutic provision and then achieving outstanding with no recommendations or requirements over 4 inspections.Adam, whilst still registered manager was promoted to a service manager in 2015 overseeing his own provision and 3 other homes with all provisions holding good or outstanding, this leading to Adam being promoted to a regional operations manager in 2016 overseeing up to 9 homes all of which held good or outstanding, Adam joined Channels & Choices in May 2019 as area manager, Adam holds both level 3 diplomas in children and young people and level 5 diploma in leadership and management as well as several safeguarding and behavioural analysis qualifications.
Area Manager Residential CareBiography
Service Lead for Performance & Development
Ray began his career with Channels and Choices in July 2014 as the manager of one of our children’s homes. In April 2018, Ray transferred to another one of our children’s homes as registered manager. Ray has over 20 years’ experience working in care with both children and adults in various capacities ranging from residential social worker to registered manager. Ray is currently a certified team teach instructor who is responsible for delivering team teach training across the company.
Service Lead for Performance & DevelopmentBiography