I’m Amanda, one of the supervising social workers with Amicus Foster Care.
I qualified as a Social Worker in 2009, after completing a Masters at Edinburgh University. Prior to this I worked as a support worker within the youth homeless sector. I have spent time as a volunteer with Barnardos, Citizens Advice and Time For Us – a be-friending programme for asylum seekers and refugees in Glasgow.
As a Social Worker I was based within a local authority in Scotland for 10 years. During which I was a childcare Social Worker, and subsequently a Supervising Social Worker. I was involved in developing an enhanced fostering service, for young people returning from residential settings. This allowed me the opportunity to enhance and develop my own understanding and awareness around therapeutic approaches in caring for children and young people. I have been fortunate in relation to my access to post- qualifying opportunities, and have completed post graduate training in relation to Child Protection and Permanency work. I enjoy sharing ideas and learning with others, which resulted in my involvement and facilitating training for Foster Carers and Social Work colleagues.
Following a move to the south west with my family, I was eager to find an organisation that matched my own values and priorities. When I heard about the amazing work taking place within Amicus it felt like to the right fit.
Outside of work my focus is upon family time with my two children, and enjoying the company of friends.