Mindful Practice - Dedicated to Quality outcomes for children

Dedicated to quality outcomes for children

Dedicated to quality outcomes for children

Testimonials

Centre for Social Work Practice, February 2015

“Dr Jones delivered a comprehensive and excellently researched report  for our organisation on the range of models of Reflective Practice Groups.” (CSWP Trustee, February 2015)

The East Midlands Munro Implementation Leadership Programme, 2014 cohort

‘It was such a pleasure seeing you, and when I saw that you were on the programme, I knew it was going to be good. This session was one of my favourites, it felt therapeutic and very reflective and I really enjoyed it. I went back to [my local authority] feeling relaxed and motivated in terms of the work and ideas that I want to do with my team and hopefully roll out across the area but we do need some support to do this . . . Thank you very much for a reflective and motivating session.’ Claire Graham, Team Manager, MASH, Birmingham, 2014

Professor Eileen Munro, November 2011, commenting on our APIR Action Learning Project Final Report for South West Councils.

‘Thank you very much for sending me this report. I am delighted to hear about the work you have been doing since, as you say, it clearly implements one of my recommendations.  It’s reassuring to hear that workers find this kind of support valuable . I shall be writing an interim progress report for the Government next spring so would like to make reference to your work . . .’ Professor Eileen Munro, November 2011, commenting on our APIR Action Learning Project Final Report for South West Councils

Barrie Crook, Chief Executive, Hampshire Probation Trust, 2014

‘I have greatly valued the personal coaching Jane Allen provided for me. At the beginning this helped me to frame what it was I needed to learn or solve. She has always been able to get to the heart of the matter with perceptive, challenging but positive comments. She also draws on a range of experiences from other sectors, which often puts in context what seems at the beginning to be an individual problem.’ Barrie Crook, Chief Executive, Hampshire Probation Trust, 2014

Multi-Agency Action Learning Set, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board, 2013

‘[I now have] greater confidence in offering support/ raising issues without provoking defensive reactions.’ Member of the Managers’ Multi-Agency Action Learning Set, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board, 2013

Multi-Agency Action Learning Set, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board, 2013

‘Thoroughly enjoyable. I wish I had the time to do the facilitators’ course. I have learned lots of new skills to help me be more effective in my work.’ Member of the Managers’ Multi-Agency Action Learning  Set, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board,  2013

Action Learning Programme for Directors and Assistant Chief Officers of Probation, 2013

‘Very good facilitation. She brings the best out of us with listening skills and insights and excellent emotional intelligence. Tuned into the group and sets the right boundaries.’ Strategic Manager, Action Learning Programme for Directors and Assistant Chief Officers of Probation, 2013

Action Learning Programme for Directors and Assistant Chief Officers of Probation, 2013

‘The facilitator established a safe environment. Jane is a very skilled and knowledgeable particularly about how to teach the group, how to use the model and listen to our feelings. I felt able to receive the feedback from the group and deal with my own issues with more assurance and confidence.’ Strategic Manager, Action Learning Programme for Directors and Assistant Chief Officers of Probation, 2013

Strategic Manager, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board and member of the Champions Action Learning Set, 2013

‘A fabulous opportunity. I am grateful for the support from the Board and investment in this programme.’ Strategic Manager, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board and member of the Champions Action Learning Set, 2013

Strategic Manager, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board and member of the Champions Action Learning Set, 2013

‘[I valued] time to reflect and think . . .  excellent tutors who are incredibly perceptive.’ Strategic Manager,  Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board and member of the Champions Action Learning Set, 2013

Participant on the East Midlands Munro Implementation Leadership Programme, 2012 cohort

‘Absolutely brilliant and very informative.  Provided much food for thought.  The learning from this session will definitely be used in my practice’. Participant on the East Midlands Munro Implementation Leadership Programme, 2012 cohort

Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

“. . . For me each session was great….sharing difficulties and coming away with a plan of action….however hard that might be . . .  I left the group knowing that people had helped me reach solutions.  Even the really tough problems… people came away feeling ‘lighter’. And I knew everyone was behind me and was interested to know how things had turned out for me the following month.” Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

“ I remember sitting . . . in the second session and thinking, ‘Wow this really works’! Being listened to without interruption feels weird at first but was the first step to me being helped to work things out, giving me the benefit of the wisdom in the room….but the solution was mine and I could do it. We talk a lot about the benefits of reflective practice but in the action learning set we have support and permission to actually do it.” Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

“. . . We all took roles during the case discussion…that was very powerful….I was the parent and it made me think what it would be like to have my child talked about and my failings as a parent.  It added another dimension. Like role play – but I hate role play – this was much more real and really made me think.  It was a very complex case and it worked so well because everyone was prepared to listen and participate.” Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

“I was an observer in one of the discussions and the person taking on the Devil’s Advocate role asked some really challenging questions….but done in such a way that the person presenting the issue didn’t feel defensive or threatened…” I thought, Yes – this is what we need to achieve – ability to challenge safely”.  It was significant for me because I talked to my team about the benefits of someone taking on this role and making us look at things from a very different perspective – they were up for it.” Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

“Following the ALS where people had taken both the role of advocate for the baby and the parents, myself, the social worker and my line manager concluded that we had perhaps been getting sucked into ‘groupthink’ and had not been challenging enough to each other about the risks .  As a direct result we changed our Child Protection Plan and arranged additional therapeutic input for parents. However difficult it was to completely change the management of the case I am convinced it was the right thing to do.” Manager, Children and Young People’s Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, 2012

Team Manager on the South West Region Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review (APIR) Action Learning Programme, 2011

‘This course has been so useful and enjoyable. As a new manager I have been able to develop a positive supervision style, which challenges and encourages reflective  practice, and also gained confidence in decision making.’ Team Manager on the South West Region Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review (APIR) Action Learning Programme, 2011

Team Manager on the South West Region Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review (APIR) Action Learning Programme, 2011

‘The sessions were invaluable and gave me the opportunity to link with other Team Managers who understood the pressure and challenges faced on a day to day basis. The calming presence of our knowledgeable facilitator was like a breath of fresh air, and for the short period away from the ‘coal face’ allowed time to put some issues and dilemmas into perspective.’ Team Manager on the South West Region Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review (APIR) Action Learning Programme, 2011