Lauren qualified as a Social Worker in 1994 in South Africa and went on to complete her Masters in Clinical Social Sciences 2 years later. South African social work is not divided into child / adult / disability sectors but rather focuses on methods of working including, casework, groupwork and community work. Despite this, Lauren has always had a particular affinity for working with older adults.
Lauren’s enthusiasm for gaining varied experiences included trying her hand as a veterinary assistant, restaurant ownership, Country Partner for Panda Antivirus, and providing services to the Hospitality and Insurance Industries in South Africa.
She utilised her communication strengths and entered the corporate world for a period of time. Here she was able to pursue avenues of training provision, staff management and motivation, project management and business analysis. During her last two years in Cape Town, she managed a Trauma Counselling NGO Service which entailed joint working with two local private hospitals and the Police Service. Lauren describes ‘Social Work’ as being counselling focused and “giving people the gift of time”.
In 2009 decided that it was time for a new challenge and a flight to the UK began the next stage of her career, working as a locum Social Worker. Since then Lauren has swiftly moved from Social Worker to Senior Practitioner and then into Social Work Management and Consultancy.
Special Skills and Interests
- Work with older adults, particular interest in dementia care
- Leading the safeguarding process
- Clear & direct communicator enabling negotiation and mediation
- Front line staff management, mentoring & team building
- Systems analysis for increased productivity
- Effective change management
Lauren is a hands-on manager and motivator. She is passionate and honest. She comes in quietly at first, observes, analyses and then very effectively energises people towards positive change. She sets standards and ensures results are produced in a timely manner. She works from a strengths-based perspective. Lauren looks for sunshine where there is darkness.
Main Qualifications: MA Clinical (Social Sciences)
Registration: HCPC Registered
Professional Membership: B.A.S.W.
Insurance: Full Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance