About Us

The Independent Safeguarding Hub was born out of our passion for safeguarding children and their families, with an emphasis on evidence based and robust assessment. Our aim from the outset is to provide the highest quality service we can and ultimately to improve outcomes for children.

Esther Green BA (hons), MA, EYPS

Esther Green qualified as a Children and Families Social Worker in 2002 with a Master of Arts Degree in Social Work. Prior to this Esther worked for a number of years supporting people with learning disabilities.

Esther worked for Kent County Council as a Social Worker and became a Senior Practitioner from 2004 onwards.  Esther has extensive experience in child protection investigation and is trained in Achieving Best Evidence interviewing. Esther has also completed in-depth parenting risk assessments for court, with the Kent Parenting Capacity Assessment Service and is also trained to undertake PAMS assessments.

In 2012 Esther co-founded Little Rascals Nurseries, which became a hugely successful business with two large settings both awarded Outstanding by Ofsted. In this time Esther also obtained post graduate Early Years Professional Status and led two small-scale pieces of research focusing on communication & language (including non-verbal communication) relating to young children.

Esther has facilitated multi-agency safeguarding training across many agencies including education, early years and health services and in recent years Esther has also been offering consultancy and advice on safeguarding and child protection issues.

Claire Humber BA (Hons) MA

Claire Humber qualified as a Social Worker in 2002 with an MA in Social Work. Prior to qualifying and choosing a career in working with children and their families, Claire worked with older adults and adults with learning disabilities.

Claire has worked as a front line social worker, since qualifying in London and then in West Sussex moving into the role of Advanced Practitioner, then Practice Manager in the last few years.

Claire has extensive experience of working with children in need, safeguarding and children looked after. She has a keen interest in assessment work and has completed parenting assessments for both pre-proceedings work and those directed by the courts. As a consequence Claire is accomplished at giving oral evidence in a court setting.

Claire has always been interested in the theory of attachment particularly the Dynamic Maturation Model and has attended a number of seminars led by Pat Crittenden. Claire has completed Resolutions Work based on the approach developed by Susie Essex and Andrew Turnell (2006) with families where there has been an unexplained injury to a child.

Claire has completed the foundation year in Systemic Family Therapy at the Tavistock Clinic in London and plans to complete her training as a Systemic Psychotherapist.

Sharon Howard DipSW / PQ Child Care Award / Best Interests Assessor

Sharon Howard has extensive knowledge and wide ranging experience of working with children and young people aged 0-25, with a specialism in disability, having worked within a large local authority as a Social Work for 23 years, 9 of which in the position of Service Manager.

Sharon has extensive experience in the design and delivery of training including multi agency groups for a Safeguarding Children’s Board, specialising in Safeguarding Disabled Children and Young People.

Sharon has maintained her professional development throughout her career, having completed Post Qualifying Child Care Award (2002) and Future Leaders Programme (2009), qualified as a Practice Learning and Assessment Facilitator (2010), Best Interests Assessor (2017) and PAMS Assessor (2019). Alongside these formal qualifications Sharon has completed extensive in house training, maintaining her Continuous Professional Development in line with HCPC requirements and her strong belief in lifelong learning.

Having led her team through two successful Ofsted Inspections, Sharon believes in high quality Social Work delivery, showing dedication and passion about providing excellent assessment, support and services for the most vulnerable people in our society.