Susie Blamire

Susie’s interest in families formed through all forms of assisted conception dates back to 2001 when she completed her DipSW/Masters dissertation on social work practice with lesbian parents.

After qualifying as a social worker, Susie initially held a number of social work and senior practitioner roles in two Midlands local authorities. She has also worked within the voluntary and private social care sectors.  She joined Cafcass as a Family Court Adviser (FCA) in 2008, where she was able to develop her knowledge and interest in non-traditional family forms and fertility/conception issues.  She practised within both public and private law, including adoption and HFEA work (both domestic and international Parental Order cases). As an FCA, she also developed and delivered training on Parental Orders and working with LGBT+ individuals and families internally within Cafcass as well as to external agencies.

She was appointed to the role of Improvement Manager within Cafcass’ National Improvement Service in 2016 and is now Senior Improvement Manager. She works within a team supporting quality improvement in front-line work to help Cafcass provide the best service possible to children and young people.  Susie leads on ‘Parental Orders and Surrogacy’ and ‘Diversity’ within NIS and sits on Cafcass’ national Diversity Steering Group.            

She is also Cafcass’ Practice Expert on Assisted Conception, which encompasses surrogacy, same-sex parenting, IVF and sperm/egg donation. She keeps abreast of front-line developments in this ever-evolving area of practice through regular ‘Practice Expert’ consultations with practitioners.

Outside of work, Susie is the mother of two donor-conceived young children. As a result of both personal and professional experience, she has a keen interest in the practical, psychological and legal implications for children born of surrogacy and/or gamete donation, and the adults involved in their story.

Susie holds a Master of Arts in Social Work with Distinction, gained from the University of Nottingham in 2001, along with the Post Qualifying Child Care Award and the Post Qualifying Award in Social Work, gained from the University of Sheffield in 2004.  She speaks fluent French.