About Us

Mindful Practice is an established consultancy company, based in Winchester with easy access to all parts of the UK. We have an impressive track record of successful delivery, professional development and service transformation in children’s services.

Child-centred values lie at the core of all our consultancy work: we are dedicated to improving professional connection – from strategic leader to frontline assistant – with disadvantaged children who are experiencing or have experienced abuse, and improving their lives. We help child protection professionals to go that extra mile to make a real and enduring impact on the lives of children and young people in their local area.

We believe well-motivated, respectful, alert and curious professionals make the difference when it comes to offering effective help to children & families and working together: practitioners and managers who can connect with and respond to the lived reality for the child. We help rekindle the motivation and re-affirm the commitment of professionals from the major child protection agencies to work together and deliver quality outcomes for children and families. We offer a range of feedback loops into the system from our consultancy work, which can also include skilled, in-depth and independent evaluative research with children and families about the services they are receiving.

Dr Jocelyn Jones

Jocelyn was inspired to set up Mindful Practice from her extensive experience in children’s social care, and from leading qualifying and post qualifying social work programmes at Birmingham City University (1982 -1989), and the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham (1989 – 2004). She has led or co-delivered a number of high profile action learning and action research & evaluation projects in the UK. As an expert facilitator, Jocelyn creates the right climate for solution-focused dialogue whatever the challenge. She is committed to improving practice leadership and the processes within and across agencies, which influence decision-making and quality outcomes for children. Jocelyn particularly enjoys drawing out more tacitly held knowledge about practice by using arts-based techniques with frontline staff.

Jocelyn holds a Doctorate in Action Research from the School of Management, University of Bath (2008); a postgraduate coaching qualification (Distinction) from UWE Bristol and the Bristol Centre for Mentoring & Coaching (2016); and a 200 hour yoga teaching qualification through FRYOG (1984); She is currently working towards gaining a 500 hour yoga teaching qualification, with completion expected Spring 2017.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration: Registered as a Social Worker (no. SW00234) from 2012 to 2018. Previously registered with the General Social Care Council (GSCC) from 2005 to 2012 (no. 1030511).

Jane Allen

Jane is an experienced and much sought-after national and international consultant and leadership coach working in public and private sectors. She coaches senior managers and Chief Executives in Social Care, Local Government, the Probation Service, Higher Education, senior leaders within BT and Eli Lilley and provides advice and support to consultants working in the field of organisational and leadership development. She has extensive experience of running action learning sets at a strategic level and has worked with Chief Executives of Probation for over 20 years and with Clinical Directors and Managers in Healthcare for 4 years. She has recently finished leading a widely acclaimed, large-scale action learning programme for Assistant Chief Probation Officers across England and Wales.

Jane has published widely on leadership, coaching and mentoring; and has recently graduated from the ALIA (Authentic Leadership in Action) international masterclass in the practices of mindfulness and authentic leadership. Her intention is to encourage the best of individuals and organisations in pursuit of their highest ideals and ambition. She believes that good performance and quality go hand.
Jane is Principal Associate at Mindful Practice. Throughout her career she has demonstrated a major commitment to child protection work often in high profile cases; a clear understanding of the nuances of professional collaboration and leadership in this field; and a commitment to finding shared solutions.