Meet the Team

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Specialism

 

Family Support

Accredited Triple P Practitioner

The Nurture Programme Practitioner

Quality Supervised Parent and Child Contact

Life Story Work

Parenting Assessments

Attachment Lead in Schools

Sonia Worthington
Director

Sonia's background has been working in the Devon area as a family practitioner for the past 26 years, working with families experiencing high complex issues and edge of care.  
Sonia's career started as a family support worker in the Surestart team, Paignton. Sonia progressed her career quickly in the Surestart team to run the children centre nursery. Sonia went on to manage a further 2 children centre nurseries and then progressed her career in the Local Authority in the safeguarding teams where she stayed for 15 years. Sonia has experience of working in many  safeguarding services,  such as the NHS and Education.  
 
Sonia's vision in the setting up of Parenting Solutions Devon is to provide high quality intervention support for families and their children when going through difficult times and at the right time they need the support. Sonia has developed a service which prides itself on having no waiting lists for families in crisis/need.   
Parenting Solutions Devon is a private run service that is established to help and advise the families of Devon, giving them every opportunity and learning available to improve their family life and outcomes.  Parenting Solutions Devon is set up with a specialised team of experienced family support workers and Social Workers delivering bespoke intervention support to cover a variety of family needs and  issues. 

Specialism

Family Support

Accredited Solihull Approach Practitioner

Quality Supervised Contact

Contact  Observation Reports

Attachment Lead in Schools

Safeguarding 

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Specialism

 

Family Support

Accredited ELSA Program

Quality Supervised Contact

Contact  Observation Reports

Attachment Lead in Schools

Safeguarding 

Christine Franklin
Family Support Adviser.

Christine has worked as a Family Support Adviser for 12 years in the Devon Area. She has developed an extensive knowledge of supportive intervention approaches,  for working with families experiencing difficulties in their lives.
 
Christine has experience of working in a variety of safeguarding services and has gained a fantastic rapport with a variety of professional services and agencies to support the families she has worked with.
 
Christine's ethos is to ensure the voice of the child is heard, parenting decisions are listened to and safeguarding of children and adults are adhered to. Christine believes the family unit is the most important aspect in every child's life. 
Annamarie Humphreys.
Family Support Worker.

Annamarie has worked in an educational setting supporting children with additional needs, ADHD and Autism for 16 years, supporting them to achieve and experience a good learning outcome with achievable goal setting. 

Annamarie's speciality is supporting children experiencing emotional difficulties using the ELSA program. Annamarie has experienced good outcomes for the children she has worked with. 
 
Annamarie has experience of working with a variety of professionals to support an educational plan for the child. Alongside this Annamarie has supported many of the children's parents ensuring,  that she shares her professional opinions, skills and techniques to ensure the parents work alongside her to achieve their child's learning goals at school and at home. 
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Specialism

 

Qualified Social Worker

Intermediary Support Work

 

Quality Supervised Contact

Contact  Observation Reports

Brief Solutions Focused Therapy 

Therapeutic Parenting and Childhood Trauma

Amber Gowen.
Family Support Practitioner

Amber has  worked in the health and social care for 20 years. She started as a support worker working with adults with learning disabilities, children with autism and ADHD. She quickly progressed her career to a senior leadership role in a community mental health unit for adults.

Whilst Amber completed her Social Worker degree she continued to work nights at a parenting assessment centre and gained value experience of observing parenting and child interactions and parenting skills. 

When Amber graduated as a Qualified Social Worker she began her career working at a children centre as a family support worker. She quickly progressed to a senior leadership role in running of the children centre, managing staff and organising groups for the service users.  Amber became the safeguarding lead and attended all relevant multi agency meetings and producing comprehensive safeguarding reports.

Amber has gained 5 years experience of working for the Local Authority as a social worker on the frontline in the safeguarding  children team, and more recently Amber has worked  as a supervising social worker in a fostering agency. Amber is fully trained  in Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Therapeutic Parenting and childhood trauma and assessment.