Meet the Team

Danni Starley

Director of MATS Therapeutic Fostering Service, Responsible Individual

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Social Work
  • BA (hons) Specialist Practice in Social Care
  • Practice Educators Award
  • City and Guilds Level 5, Leadership and Management in Care Services
  • Achieving Best Evidence (ABE video interview Level 3)
  • Signs of Safety Practice Leader
  • Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Child Care
  • AIM2 assessor

About Danni

Danni completed her Early Years training in 1993 but quickly moved into the Social Care sector. She worked in a specialist therapeutic residential provision for children and young people with severe emotional damage as a result of childhood trauma and abuse.

Danni has experience of working for a Local Authority undertaking Child Protection enquiries whilst working jointly with specialist police officers to conduct Achieving Best Evidence video interviews. She has also worked for Cafcass as a Family Court Advisor/Guardian carrying out assessments of the child’s needs and presenting these both in writing and verbally to the court.

Danni’s role

Danni has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with children and young people who have suffered trauma. She combines her experience of safeguarding and therapeutic interventions to ensure solid social work practice with a strong focus on good outcomes for children.

What makes Danni passionate?

“It’s all about promoting the family experiences of children in care, and positively affecting their later life chances. By tapping into the talents and creativity of children they can then use these skills to heal their own trauma. I really believe in advocating for young people to ensure they are receiving the services they need to really develop to their full potential.”

“Taking all the hope and optimism of newly approved carers and supporting their development into skilled and knowledgeable carers.”

“Contributing to the ethos within FosterCare UK whereby children are supported to learn to ‘risk assess for themselves, rather than by providing lives which are ‘risk adverse’.”

Sue Bartholomew

Acting Registered Manager

Qualifications:

  • BA (hons) Religion Studies, Kent University
  • Msc Social Work, Canterbury Christ Church University

About Sue

Prior to her role at FosterCare UK Sue worked for the Local Authority for seven years within the Children’s Department. She originally worked as a Social Work Assistant before receiving funding to pursue her Masters in Social Work. She then dedicated a large amount of time to social work for various Local Authorities. She describes her move to FosterCare UK as ‘natural’, with the company’s ethos and child-centred philosophy very much in line with her own.

Sue’s role

Sue provides a crucial and invaluable link between the Social Worker and Managers, as well as supervising and supporting the Social Workers and Foster Carers.

Away from the office Sue remains children-focussed, as she dedicates her much of her own time to the Girl Guides.

What makes Sue passionate?

“Looked after children get a raw deal, so if you’re giving something back and making just that little difference, it’s fantastic. There are certainly a lot of battles in my job, but one win makes it all worthwhile.”

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