Dawn is a qualified Social Worker having obtained her professional status over 20 years ago. Since 1996 she has continuously occupied a post in the statutory sector as either a manager or as a social work practitioner.
She has worked extensively with adults who experience severe and enduring mental health problems and continues to practice as an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) under the Mental Health Act 1983. She is also a Best Interests Assessor (BIA) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
Dawn is a joint trained investigator for safeguarding adults and in her management roles has had responsibility for advising on complex safeguarding cases. She has the ability to take a holistic approach in the delivery of training on the MCA and Safeguarding because of her vast experience in carrying out child protection investigations under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989.
During her career as a social worker, Dawn studied law at a postgraduate, professional level for 4 years and achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course qualification. She has a keen interest in helping professionals understand the legal framework in which they operate and applying the law to practice in the course of her training sessions, making the legal rules accessible.
Up until 2015 she managed a social services emergency duty team for 11 years. She supervised a generic team of senior social workers, providing both professional and personal support in the areas of safeguarding adults, children and mental health. Dawn has always been committed to best practice and as part of this, has designed, facilitated and delivered training focusing on the areas of risk assessment, mental health, mental capacity and safeguarding. She retains her AMHP warrant and BIA qualification to ensure her role as a trainer remains credible and appropriate to the subject matter she is delivering.
Dawn is also a Court of Protection visitor undertaking visits and producing reports for the Office of the Public Guardian and Court of Protection.
What people say about Dawn:
“Excellent material – delivered in an interesting and engaging way.”
“Good practical focus to applying info.”
“Brilliant trainer – made a difficult topic very accessible”
“Very knowledgeable about mental health capacity and explaining the issues”
“Exceptional trainer, made it interesting for those attending and kept my attention. Many thanks”