I have been in my current role of specialist social worker since 2009, which includes being part of both the post-five and under-five autism assessment teams. I am also a facilitator of the Cygnet parent training programme, which is a psycho-educational group for parents whose children have a diagnosis of autism.
I have been fortunate enough to help redesign, adapt and facilitate the programme so it captures the language and cultural needs of the local community, which led to it winning several awards from the National Autistic Society (NAS).
My role also involves supporting children and families to adapt and adjust to health conditions, plus providing behavioural support and help with sleep and feeding issues.
I previously worked in adult social care in a care management role, and helped set up a specialist day service for South Asian females with learning disabilities.
I qualified as a social worker in 2002 and after a short stint with the Bradford children’s safeguarding team, I joined the Children’s Complex Health and Disabilities team as a care management social worker. Within this role I was regularly invited to sit on recruitment panels across multiple social care settings. During this period I was also involved in setting up and chairing the ‘Black Cases Adoption and Fostering Panel’, which was designed to support social workers seeking culturally appropriate placements for children within the district.
Following this I was employed by Bradford Council as a Workforce Development Officer, which saw me lead the Bradford training strategy for staff working with children with disabilities.
Away from work I’m a keen cricketer (although I spend more time on the physio’s bench these days), I enjoy south Asian arts, and I like to attend festivals.