Who are we?
Our experts are all nationally and internationally recognised professionals working in British Sign Language with people who are audiologically and/or culturally deaf. They have shaped policy and practice nationally and across Europe, and continue to work in a variety of domains and geographical areas across the UK.
SPECIALIST SOCIAL WORKER WITH DEAF PEOPLE
Wendy is a qualified social worker with over 20 years' experience, based in the South East of England but working across the country. She is a native Deaf BSL user, and has worked in a range of settings in deafness including managing a County-wide Deaf Services Social Work, Equipment and Sign Language Interpreting Team. She has also worked with Springfield and St Georges Mental Health Trust as a Social Worker with Deaf People with Mental Health problems. She has also worked within front-line Children and Families Social Work Sensory Team providing Social Work support ranging from Children in Need, Family Court Proceedings, and Pre-Proceedings (S17 and S47). She is trained in Achieving Best Evidence. Wendy has also worked in frontline Adult Social Care Teams and Safeguarding - both mainstream front-line Social Work Teams - and therefore is unique in having both adult and children and families social work experience. Wendy was also part of a team that influenced the way in which Deaf Parents are assessed in Family Proceedings. Wendy founded Deaf Independent in her vision to provide deaf parenting Social Work Support with Adults and Children and Families due to the loss of Sensory Social Work Teams across the region.
- HCPC SW 37626
- Qualified Sign Language Translator
Suzanne qualified as a social worker in 1987 and has vast experience of working with both Adults and Children & Families. Since 2003, Suzanne has worked independently and prepared reports for Local Authorities, solicitors and courts including parenting, viability and kinship assessments. Suzanne is a fluent British sign language user and able to assess Deaf people without the need for a BSL interpreter. She has extensive experience of undertaking assessments of parents who also have a learning disability using the Sue McGaw PAMS assessment tool. Between 2006 to 2013 she was an Associate Lecturer (MA social work programme). Suzanne now also runs a Care Agency for children and adults who use sign language.
- HCPC - SW58865
- NRCPD - 1003515