Specialist profile

Mr David Gillen
Contact details
Business name: David Gillen Independent Social Work Consultant
Address: 6 Sandringham Avenue
City: Carrickfergus
Postal Code: BT38 9EE
Telephone: 07813844491
Professional information
Specialism: Children and families
Location: Northern Ireland

39+ years’ experience working with children and families within residential child care and community sectors, from practitioner to senior manager. Management responsibility for several children's homes, Family Support Intervention Teams, Looked-After Children's Teams, 16+ Teams, Intensive Support Teams and Fostering Teams. I have chaired Child Protection Case Conferences, LAC Reviews, Fostering Panels and Children's Resource Panels. I’ve many years’ experience in court work regarding public and private law. I am an accredited practice teacher and social work trainer, with over 28 years’ experience and 50+ placements and currently a university tutor.

I work with: Advocacy, Coaching/ mentoring of parents (families), Coaching/ mentoring of social workers, Complaints, Compliance, Court assessments, Direct work with families and carers, Direct work with service users, Family assessment, Inter-agency working, Local authority departments, NHS organisations, Placements, Post placement contract, Practice assessment, Practice teaching, Private/ independent sector, Quality assurance, Review and evaluation, Solicitors, Strategy, Supervision, Training and tutoring, Universities / learning & training bodies, Voluntary sector

Certificate in Social Services, PQSW, Practice Teaching Award, Leadership Award

Professional registrations: Northern Ireland Social Care Council
Extra skills:

Skilled in conflict resolution and advocacy. I have managed a number of disciplinary investigations and grievance panels. I have lectured in Child Care law, Child Protection and Resilience.