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Joanne's Story

Slaney Associates Limited was formed in 2021 by Joanne Slaney – Independent Social Worker.

Joanne has over 25 years experience working in local authority teams with vulnerable children and families. Currently working as an independent associate writing safeguarding reports for the courts in private law proceedings, completing Regulation 44 independent visits to children’s homes and undertaking independent work.

Her specialisms include: Regulation 44 and quality assurance visits, child and family assessments, special guardianship, parenting assessments, Section 7 and Section 37 reports, viability, pre-birth and connected persons assessments.

My Experience

My experience working in the field of children and families work has gained me a substantial knowledge of safeguarding legislation and procedures, with expertise in:

• Regulation 44 and Quality Assurance Visits
• Section 7 and 37 Reports
• Single, Parenting, Pre-Birth and Viability Assessments
• Special Guardianship and Sibling Assessments
• Age, Connected Persons and Risk Assessments
• Sexualised Behaviours and Honour Based Violence
• Domestic Abuse and Substance / Alcohol Misuse
• Looked After Children, Care Leavers and Disability

I have an history of excellent references for various roles I have undertaken, all of which can be viewed upon request.

Social Work Report
Care Home Inspections

My Services

Slaney Associates Limited provide a range of independent social care services to clients throughout the United Kingdom. I assist Local Authorities, private individuals and the Courts.

I offer a professional, timely and transparent service at all times. All work is completed within timescale and is of high quality.

If your service requires an expert in safeguarding, that is child focused and cost effective, please contact me via email for a no obligation consultation.


Joanne's Profile History

Joanne has a wealth of experience working with children and families. Joanne qualified has a social worker from the University of Derby in 1999. Prior to becoming a social worker, Joanne had worked in various family centres in Nottingham City and in the county of Nottinghamshire, supporting children who were assessed to need support and services. During this time Joanne also set up one of the first sensory rooms in Nottinghamshire for children with disabilities.

Joanne spent the first ten years of her career working as a social worker for Nottinghamshire County Council. This included working in the front door child protection team, in a looked after team and in the leaving care service. Joanne supported the local authority to set up a supported lodgings scheme for children leaving care. Joanne was also commissioned to provide counselling support to adults with care experience who had requested access to their social care records.

In 2010, Joanne became a fully independent social worker. During this time Joanne was commissioned by the Department of Education to provide support to newly qualified social workers in a local authority. Joanne then pursued contracts with local authorities who were struggling to recruit social workers. Joanne would often travel long distances and in some cases staying away from home to fulfil the obligations of her contracted work.

In 2021, Joanne was commissioned by Cafcass to work as an Associate, where she completes safeguarding reports to the family courts in private law proceedings. Joanne is also an Independent Chair for a fostering agency in Nottinghamshire, and undertakes the role of Independent Reviewing Officer for two other fostering agencies.

Alongside her current roles of Quality Assurance Officer, Cafcass Associate, Fostering Panel Chair and Independent Reviewing Officer, Joanne provides a Regulation 44 independent visiting service and other independent work on behalf of local authority commissioning departments.

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