Families Empowered is a team of dedicated professionals who place children and their families at the heart of our work. We are proud to be recognised as an 'Outstanding Provider' of Adoption Support Services by Ofsted in March 2023.
With understanding and empathy we offer a range of highly effective therapeutic and training services to support children and their families. We are skilled practitioners immersed in the principles of DDP and PACE, with an extensive background in social work and children’s services. We work with agencies and local authorities, including Barnardo's, Adopt East, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Southend and various London Boroughs.
We are dedicated to improving outcomes for children and have seen how attachment and DDP-led interventions can positively transform the families we work with. From group programmes to individual support, our experienced team can balance the needs of each family within the context of social care. We understand the challenges. We speak the language. We care.
Who we are
Meet the team
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Deborah is a DDP-Led Practitioner with an MA in Advanced Social Work. An experienced social worker with 25 years within Children’s Services, specialising in adoption and fostering, Deborah is dedicated to helping children and families rebuild relationships and trust through a therapeutic understanding of attachment. This passion is what powers Families Empowered.
REGISTERED MANAGER, DDP LED PRACTITIONER & THERAPEUTIC SOCIAL WORKER
Wendy is a DDP-Led Practitioner and a Therapeutic Social Worker and holds an MA (Hons) in Social Work. She is also a qualified Practice Educator. Her previous experience as a Social Work Manager and knowledge of child placement, health and safety, staff recruitment, training, supervision and support makes her invaluable as our Registered Manager.
DDP LED & THERAPLAY INFORMED PRACTITIONER
Liz became a DDP-Led Practitioner following almost 20 years in social work, where she specialised in safeguarding and managing the provision of care for looked after children. Her focus is always on keeping children safe and within their families wherever possible, and Liz believes DDP and Theraplay interventions can play a pivotal role. Following her work in DDP, Liz has extended her therapeutic specialism to become a Theraplay-Informed Practitioner in 2020.
DDP LED PRACTITIONER
Hilary is a DDP-Led Practitioner having worked previously as a therapeutic social worker. She holds an MA in Social Work and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child Care. Hilary completed the accredited course Fostering Changes before she set up and managed a therapeutic fostering agency in Norfolk for over 6 years.
DDP LED PRACTITIONER & PSYCHODYNAMIC THERAPIST
Anne is a DDP-Led Practitioner and a Psychodynamic Therapist. She holds an MA in Psychodynamic Counselling and is a registered member of the BACP. Anne works to support parents and carers responding to the individual needs of children who have experienced trauma and loss. Anne has previously worked as a therapeutic social worker in fostering.
DDP LED PRACTITIONER & THERAPEUTIC SOCIAL WORKER
Sonya is a DDP-led Practitioner and a Therapeutic Social Worker with over 20 years experience working with foster carers and kinship carers in local authority and not-for-profit organisations. She believes strongly in the benefits of collaborative therapeutic support for children and families. Sonya holds a CQSW and BA in Social Work.
DDP LED & THERAPLAY INFORMED PRACTITIONER
Jo has over 25 years' experience as a qualified social worker and manager where she specialised in adoption and fostering. She holds a BA Hons in Social Work and MA in Professional Practice. She has completed DDP Levels 1 and 2, Theraplay with MIM to intermediate level (currently undertaking her practicum towards Foundational Level), NVR Foundational level, Neuro Physiological Psychotherapy Level 1 and therapeutic Life Story Work. She is also an experienced trainer. Jo believes that parents and carers need to be supported to meet the needs of children impacted by developmental trauma and that relationship is central to all intervention.
Lucy is an experienced integrative counsellor who began her career in counselling in 2014. She has a broad knowledge of different therapeutic frameworks and works with young people and adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, bullying, relationship issues, trauma, loss and infertility. Lucy has a background working in bereavement, supporting families through the loss of their loved ones. Lucy is a registered member of the BACP.