Our Team

The Children Always First Team

julieJulie Elliott – Chief Executive/Responsible Individual – Co-founder and one of the driving forces behind the organisation Julie has worked with disadvantaged young people for seventeen years and has recently been a Senior Manager within a large Local Authority.



janJan Blazak – Registered Manager – Co-founder Jan has been working with young people all his life and with fostered young people for the last seven years. Jan was Deputy Manager of a residential unit for five years and more recently has operated as a Registered Manager in two other fostering agencies.


Sarah Elliott – Agency Decision Maker – Marilyn has thirty years experience of Adoption and Fostering and is also a


Simon Paley – Fostering Panel Chair – Jonathon has a vast experience of Safeguarding and is currently working for Hertfordshire County Council. Jon is a leading practitioner in his own right and skilled at chairing meetings.


Patricia Thompson – Senior Practitioner

Lisa Bradshaw – Senior Practitioner

Shelley Clarke – Senior Practitioner

Holly Hamilton – Fostering Social Worker

Scott Paxton – Progress & Outcomes worker

Karylle Phillips – Childrens Support Worker

Cathryn Lapworth – Administrator



Consultants/Specialist Advisors

kimDr Kim GoldingClinical Lead – Kim needs no introduction as one of the leading authorities on attachment and looked after children in the country. She has published a variety of books and is widely respected throughout social care services and Children and Adolescence Mental Health Services (CAMHs). She has recently been working with Dr Dan Hughes on Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.


simon-baileyDr Simon Bailey – Educational Psychologist – Simon has developed a particular interest in looked after children and sits on a further fostering panel in addition to taking a lead with his full time employer. He is available to advise on schooling, education and a range of associated behavioural issues.



+ a range of other contacts still to be established

Additional Fostering Panel Members

The Children Always First Fostering Panel will be made up of various members of the above team and…

Gillian Jones– Independent Social Worker

Shamyla Anwar – Independent Social Worker

Katie Alger – Independent Health Advisor

Helen Hill – Independent Education Advisor

– Independent Social Worker


The panel will consist of no more than seven people on any one occasion.