Siobhan is a Senior Associate at Innovation Unit. She brings over 25 years’ of experience in the voluntary, public and private sectors to the roles of coach, facilitator and freelance project manager, working on a range of projects and programmes.
For the last three years, Siobhan has worked as an Innovation Coach on the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, supporting a number of projects looking at new ways of working with children and adolescents in and on the edge of care. Siobhan has led on the design and delivery of several key learning events for the Innovation Programme focused on aspects of innovation practice. Recently, she facilitated a workshop with Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council, supporting them with the adoption and adaption of the Mockingbird Family Model and North Yorkshire’s ‘No Wrong Door’ approach to working with looked after adolescents with complex needs. She is currently a core part of the design team for the programme’s National Learning Conference, which will be held in February 2018.
Prior to working with Innovation Unit, Siobhan was founding Fellowship Director for the Clore Social Leadership Programme, a charity that seeks to identify, connect and develop aspiring leaders in the social sector. She also worked in programme design and delivery for Nesta.
Innovations in children’s social care
The care system can be transformative, giving young people and their families the support they need at the most difficult points in their lives. But too many young people have a poor experience of the system and poor long-term outcomes, leaving care without the skills, relationships or emotional stability to ready them for adulthood.
3 Ideas for Fostering
This Foster Care Fortnight, we celebrate three fantastic examples of work happening across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Delivering asset-based services for young people
This time last week we took part in a conference hosted by North Yorkshire County Council to share how the No Wrong Door model has helped rethink care for adolescents.