Tom is a practice tutor for the South East and East of England regions. He studied his social work masters at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, alongside volunteering for two years as an independent visitor for a child in care and running a respite project for Hackney Young Carers. Since qualifying as a social worker, Tom has worked in the statutory youth offending service and non-statutory youth outreach services in Hackney. He also worked in child protection in Islington for five years, including as a senior social worker in a specialist, multi-agency adolescent edge-of-care team based on a model of mentalization-based integrative therapy.
Tom’s main roles within this team were to carry out clinically-led trauma-informed parenting interventions and work systemically with families and their networks, where there are high levels of risk and complexity. Tom’s work in child protection and particularly in this team have challenged him to think about how social workers can deliver best practice in the context of high levels of stress and anxiety and high organisational demand, in a way that promotes children and families having more positive experiences of, and relationships to, help.
Trauma-informed social work and relationship-based social work
BA (Hons) English Literature
MA Social Work
Trained in AMBIT (Adolescent Mentalization-based Integrative Therapy)
Currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education: Teaching and Supporting Learning
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Hannah is a practice tutor for the South East and East of England regions.
Kathleen is a practice tutor in the South East and East of England regions.
Tom is a practice tutor for the South East and East of England regions.