Meet the Team

Meet our Education Welfare & Safeguarding Advisers

Our Education Welfare and Safeguarding advisers acknowledge that every school and academy is unique. The expertise of our attendance advisers enables us to work with you to reduce pupil absence whilst supporting pupils and parents. Offering flexibility and personalisation, ensuring that the support you receive is appropriate and effective.


Karen McCaul

Karen McCaul Specialist Team LeaderSpecialist Team Leader

Karen is the Team Leader for the Education Welfare and Safeguarding Team, she has worked in education for over 30 years and has a broad wealth of skills, knowledge and experiences. Originally qualifying as a social worker and completing an NVQ Level 4 in Learning, Development and support services and trained in professional supervision. Karen leads a team to support schools and academies to identify resources and deliver the relevant strategies and training needed to build capacity. This is directly with school staff, families, other agencies and local authorities. Karen develops and delivers training to enable schools to take a whole school approach, ensuring best outcomes for young people. She leads on work which supports the local authority and schools regarding the permanent exclusions of pupils to ensure that processes’ and procedures are correctly implemented, attending governor’s disciplinary meetings as the local authority representative.


Chris Boden

Chris Boden Senior Attendance AdvisorSenior Adviser

As a Senior Adviser, with the Education Welfare and Safeguarding team, Chris provides direct support to schools and academies, advising and working alongside head teachers and school staff regarding intervention strategies and whole school approaches to improve outcomes. She also works directly with children, young people and their families offering support and solution focused case work with a multi-agency approach. She has skills in developing and delivering training to school staff and governors. Chris is a qualified youth and community worker, has been with One Education since the company was formed in 2011. She has completed an NVQ Level 4 in Learning, Development and support services through Lancaster University in 2010.


Kathy Farrell

Kathy Farrell Senior AdviserSenior Adviser

Kathy is a Senior Attendance Adviser, and has worked within educational and social care settings for 30 years. She has been with One Education since the company was formed in 2011. Kathy is accredited through the CWDC for safer recruitment in education, and has undertaken level 3 safeguarding (DSP) training. Currently working within the Local Authority’s Early Help Hub, as an authority on school attendance issues, she is working within the strategy to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families .Kathy has expertise in the law relating to school attendance. She gained the NVQ Level 4 in Learning, Development and Support Services and is qualified to offer professional supervision.


Adele Edwards

Adele EdwardsrAdviser

Adele joined Children’s Services as an Education Welfare Officer in 2002. Currently, as an Adviser in the Education Welfare and Safeguarding Team, she supports schools, pupils and their families through multi-agency approaches, analysis and reporting on pupil attendance data, recognising attendance patterns and trends to assist in meeting the needs of pupils with attendance issues. Adele can lead, develop and enhance inclusive practice and provides knowledgeable guidance around the legal framework. Adele works directly with families, within multi-agency protocols and safeguarding procedures. Adele graduated at University with a BA (hons) in Sociology and Social Policy and holds a level 2 certificate in counselling. She has completed an NVQ Level 4 in Learning, Development and support services through Lancaster University in 2010; the recognised qualification for professionals working in attendance.


Alyson Knowles

Alyson Knowles

Adviser

Alyson began her career as an SEN Teaching Assistant (Autistic Spectrum Disorder/ Looked after Children) in Shropshire, later achieving a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, specialising in child & family law, complex family support and mental health before joining One Education as an Attendance Adviser. Alyson undertakes a number of roles within One Education providing on-site support to schools and academies with attendance strategy, policy and procedures and legal support, working closely with school leaders and staff. Alyson also provides casework and family support and guidance to parents and their children through multi agency work and the management of complex cases. She is also a Deputy Safeguarding Lead with a particular interest in child and adolescent mental health and early intervention.


Donald McKenzie

Donald McKenzieAdviser

Donald has worked as an Education Welfare Officer for over 10 years. His role involves supporting schools and families as part of a multi-agency approach. Donald joined One Education as an Attendance Adviser in 2011 and has since provided support to schools and academies around attendance strategy, policy and procedure and the legal framework. He works closely with senior leaders and front line attendance staff to offer guidance on best practice as well as directly supporting children, young people and their families by visiting homes and conducting meetings to address barriers to good attendance. Donald also specialises in the legal processes supporting attendance. Donald has completed considerable in-house training including Safeguarding and Child Protection up to the level of Designated Safeguarding Lead and around attendance law provided by Local Authority Legal Services.


Janet Doyle

Adviser

Janet has been with One Education since the company formed in 2011. Janet is an Attendance Adviser with an excellent working knowledge, providing support to schools around attendance strategy and particularly the legal framework. She has extensive knowledge around the use of penalty notices for irregular attendance and the preparation of cases for attendance prosecutions. Janet has completed considerable in-house training including safeguarding and Child Protection up to the level of Designated Safeguarding Lead and Attendance Law provided by a Local Authority Legal Services Team.


Lorna Turner

Lorna TurneryAdviser

Lorna has worked within education for over 14 years. She began work as an Education Welfare Officer in 2004 and has worked in school attendance ever since, supporting school, pupils and their families. Lorna is currently working within the Local Authority Early Help Hub as part of the triage team doing education checks, taking part in multi-agency meetings and advising Early Help Practitioners in Attendance strategy, providing guidance around the legal framework. Lorna has a degree in Social and Economic History and also gained an NVQ Level 4 in Learning, Development and Support Services through Lancaster University in 2010; the recognised qualification for professionals working in attendance.


Shaheda Choudhury

Shaheda ChoudhuryAdviser

Shaheda has been supporting improving attendance for over 18 years, working with different schools and academies. She has worked in partnership with the police, school health, pastoral staff, head teachers, YOT and Educational Psychologists. Shaheda has experience in working within the Early Help Hub as part of the triage team doing education checks for all the referrals made to Early Help. Shaheda takes part in multi-agency meetings, advises Early Help Practitioners in Attendance and Education related matters, working alongside the Statutory Attendance Team. She has a particular strength in family work and is experienced in overcoming barriers to attendance, Shaheda has the NVQ Level 4 in Learning, Development and Support Services, the recognised qualification to support attendance at school.