Since qualifying as a Social Worker in 1977 I have worked mainly with Children and Families both in Local Authority and as a Children’s Guardian and Family Court Advisor. I also have significant experience of working with people with mental health problems, including the full range of mental illness. I was an Approved Social Worker  and I worked in the community and a residential treatment centre with people addicted to alcohol and drugs. From 1991 I specialised in working in the Family Courts in Public and Private Family Law. I have substantial experience of preparing reports for the Court and giving evidence as well as mediation and conflict resolution following an investigation.