About us

We are a diverse team of experienced and ethical Independent Social Workers, with a shared value base and clear commitment to improving outcomes for children and working transparently with parents and carers. Our pool of associates is growing and each ISW benefits from an open approach to learning and support where ideas, experience, knowledge and skills are shared and developed through supervision and quality assurance during assessments, as well as peer supervision and a peer support network.

At the Independent Safeguarding Hub, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing the highest standard of social work assessments, drawing on our wealth of knowledge and skills as well as our passion for safeguarding children.

Esther Green

Director and  Independent Social Worker

Esther is based in West Kent. She gained a Master’s Degree in Social Work at London Southbank University in 2002 and has a range of experience of working within safeguarding and in local authority specialised teams, including child protection investigation, family support and parenting capacity assessment. In addition, Esther has leadership & research experience in Early Years services, SEND and safeguarding children in education. Esther is currently an Independent Social Worker, Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer, undertaking Court directed PAMS/parenting assessments, viability, SGO, connected persons assessments and fostering Form F assessments. Esther is PAMS trained, a Panel Member and Panel Chair for Independent Fostering Agencies and the Safeguarding Lead for a children’s charity. Esther also has a lead role in the supervision and support of our associate ISW’s.

Claire Humber

Director and Independent Social Worker

Claire is based in the Brighton area of Sussex. She gained a Master’s Degree in Social Work at London Southbank University in 2002 and has a broad range of experience working with children looked after, in safeguarding and court teams.  Claire is committed to social work practice and supporting others and has held advanced practitioner and management roles. Claire has trained as a Systemic Practitioner and uses her extensive social work and court experience as well as systemic ideas in her assessment work. Claire provides safeguarding consultancy and training, court directed parenting, viability and SGO assessments and is experienced in providing oral evidence at court.   Claire has a lead role in the supervision and support of our associate ISW’s.

Kam Marjara

Associate Independent Social Worker

Kam is based in the North Kent area. She gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work at Goldsmiths University in 1999 and has very extensive experience of undertaking and supervising parenting assessments over many years. She is accredited to undertake PAMS Assessments, trained in signs and safety and accredited to undertake domestic abuse risk assessments (DASH model).  She is also an accredited Mellow Parenting facilitator with over 11 years of experience of facilitating this evidence-based programme for individual parents. Kam has considerable experience in giving evidence in court as an expert witness.

Susan Oknowr

Associate Independent Social Worker

Susan is based in the North Kent area. She gained a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Kingston University in 2009, as well as a Masters Degree in Child Care Law & Practice at Keele University in 2014. Susan has many years of experience as a social worker and a manager in different local authorities, including London Boroughs. She also has additional specialist skills and knowledge in supporting Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking children and young people. Susan has experience of undertaking a range of assessments for courts as an Independent Social Worker, including parenting assessments, Special Guardianship and Connected Person reports, Viability and Regulation 24 reports, Adoption Reports & Form F Assessments

Melanie Gunn

Associate Independent Social Worker

Melanie is based in East Sussex. She gained a Degree in Social Work with the Open University in 2010 and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Effective Practice. Melanie has extensive experience of working within frontline child protection investigation and looked after children’s teams, as well as leadership experience within fostering and assessment. Melanie has a particular interest in trauma informed practice and therapeutic approaches to direct work with children. Melanie also has experience of facilitating training in safeguarding and preparation to foster training. Melanie has completed a range court work including adoption, care proceedings and secure accommodation applications. Melanie has undertaken parenting and risk assessments, viability assessments, together or apart assessments and standards of care investigations.

Patricia Nkwonta

Associate Independent Social Worker

Patricia is based in Essex. She gained a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford in 2011. Patricia has an eclectic experience of social work, having worked in different London Boroughs in front line child protection services including child protection investigation, children looked after and court work. Patricia has also been a Supervising Social Worker for a Fostering Agency and has vast experience of completing form F assessments and connected persons assessments. She currently sits as an Independent Fostering Panel member for a Local Authority. Patricia is also fluent in Russian and German

Kelly Beecroft

Hub Co-ordinator

Kelly is the Co-ordinator for the Independent Safeguarding Hub and the first point of contact for all enquiries. Kelly is a very motivated and organised individual, who oversees the operational practices of the hub, working together with Claire, Esther and our associates. Kelly is also a qualified Nursery Practitioner and has many years of experience of engaging with young children and their families as a Nursery Manager. Kelly has a Degree in Psychology and Early Years.