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.
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Robert was involved in the creative arts for over 15 years, the latter end of this was working with children and young people in hard-to-reach communities as a project leader. Working within these communities and seeing first hand the positive impact creativity can have, it also highlighted the gap in services for young people who would respond better to a more creative therapeutic approach and, after much research, he decided to train as a dramatherapist. Since then he has worked within CAMHS, firstly as part of a specialist team in Surrey then moving into a more generic role and finally stepping across into Channels and Choices.
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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.
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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.
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Alistair has worked within education since qualifying in 1996 with a Bed (Hons) in Teaching Studies. After gaining a wide range of skills working in large district special schools, he began supporting the inclusion agenda, providing specialised strategies to mainstream schools to meet the needs of pupils at risk of exclusion or needing additional specialist intervention. Alistair managed the Outreach service for Gravesham, as Assistant Headteacher at Ifield school, working alongside ,multi-agency professionals, delivering training and workshops for different audiences before leading a specialist off-site Post 16 provision in Folkestone-securing a unit within South Kent College a first of its kind partnership. Alistair returned to Foxwood as Assistant Headteacher and helped to oversea the Federation of Foxwood and Highview School. During his tenure as Deputy Headteacher, he helped to form the groundworks for the newly designed Beacon school, one of the largest Profound Severe and Complex Needs schools in the country. Alistair was a lead trainer for ASD awareness, Structured interventions, Challenging behaviour and also Manual handling, supporting community liaison and parent/carer workshops. Alistair had a brief spell in the commercial sector working in a start-up, introducing a new insurance product and providing solutions for social housing and fintech sectors. Alistair gained Investors In People Status within a short space and champions collaborative working to achieve the very best for all who work with him. Alistair has been on the governing body and his most recent tenure was as Vice Chair of The Beacon. Alistair is also a Shared Lives Carer and has been a respite foster carer too. Alistair is a keen outdoor enthusiast and tries to raise money for mens health charities challenging his fears and has recently walked the 3 Peaks, raising over £6000 with a group of likeminded men. Alistair is a family man who loves to travel, when time allows.
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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.
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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.
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