Lead Reviewers

Out team of SILP accredited reviewers have all undertaken our University Accredited 3 day Course. They are required to refresh their training annually with us and are subject to mentoring and supervision throughout their reviews. We appraise our reviewers annually using our competency framework to support them in reaching their goals.

All Reviewers can be contacted through Review Consulting:

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Donna Ohdedar – Head of SILP

Donna has 16 years public sector experience, including her last role as Head of Law for a leading metropolitan authority. Now a safe-guarding adviser and trainer, Donna is involved in serious case reviews in both children’s and adults’ safeguarding, domestic homicide reviews and, of course, SILP.

‘Donna ensured the events were well attended and those I saw involved in the discussion were obviously well prepared for the meeting, which was well chaired’

‘She made me feel comfortable and we were given a lot of reassurance during the process, This was the first meeting of this kind I had attended. I feel that I was not spoken down to by the other professionals in attendance, which was important..’

Nicki Pettitt – Head of Practice Development

Head of Practice Development for SILP, Nicki qualified as a Social Worker in 1989. She worked in Children’s Services in London and the South East and was Head of Service for Children’s Social Care in a City Council on the South Coast.

Since moving to Gloucestershire in 2008 Nicki has undertaken a large number of Serious Case Reviews both as Chair and Overview Author. She is a SILP Lead Reviewer and Mentor.

‘We have used Nicki to undertake three SCRs for us as we find her knowledgeable and straightforward. The quality of her written work is excellent and staff have said that she makes a very hard situation a positive learning experience.’
 
‘The Lead Reviewer listened and understood. I didn’t feel blamed, and I felt able to speak out about my role in the case.’
 
Nicki Pettitt is our ‘go to’ for case reviews as she is a pleasure to work with.

Kevin Ball – SILP reviewer

Kevin has over 27 years of experience working across children’s services ranging from statutory social work and management to inspection, Government Adviser, NSPCC Consultant and independent consultant, working for a regulatory body, central Government, the NSPCC, residential child care  & recently as the interim Head of Safeguarding children in a local authority.  He currently specialises in undertaking reviews and investigations following critical incidents, the death or serious injury of children, or organisational failures to protect.

From my organisations point of view I think the author has produced a fair and focused report providing good learning points for all organisations. Please pass on my thanks.

I finally had an opportunity to review and discuss this report with the Executive Director of Nursing and Exec Lead for Safeguarding.  We both wanted to feedback that this is an excellent report well written, good analysis and with recommendations that should improve practice across the partnership.’

Christopher Brannan – SILP reviewer

Over 40 years of extensive social work experience specialising in safeguarding. Working initially as a front line practitioner progressing to Senior Officer roles. This lead to the positions of Director of Residential Childcare and Specialist Education Services.  The vast experience held within safeguarding provided the foundation to take on the role of chairing safeguarding commissions within Hereford and Shrewsbury Catholic Dioceses and Telford and Wrekin. Direct involvement in report writing and the successful completion of a Serious Case and Domestic Homicide Review. Looking forward to bringing all of this experience as a future Lead Reviewer with SILP. 

Cath Connor – SILP reviewer

Cath is an accredited SILP Lead Reviewer. A qualified social worker with PhD which focussed on looked after children and youth justice. Cath has broad experience as a practitioner and manager in the areas of substance misuse, child mental health and neglect and has authored reviews on these subjects.

Cath is committed to enabling the involvement of family and professionals in reviews to maximise opportunities for learning. Cath’s has received positive feedback from young people and parents following their involvement and has facilitated successful learning events for practitioners and managers with sensitivity and challenge – references are available.

Excellent presentation of learning event – well-structured with plenty of scope to discuss other matters arising.

It is clear that the success of an SCR event hinges a great deal on the ability, skills and personality of the SCR author and Chair.  In this case their openness, honesty and rigour has been really appreciated.  Thank you.

This has been very interesting – it has helped me evaluate my own actions and practice and I will be using these experiences to improve my practice and that of the team I work with and the parents I work with.

It is clear from both the questions and qualitative comments that participants found the SCR to be well organised and very well facilitated.  There was only positive feedback.  the LSCB can be assured that in line with the LiPP quality marker the broader learning and improvement culture of an organisation was strengthened from practitioners who were constructively involved in an SCR 

Karen Perry – SILP reviewer

Karen’s last permanent job role was as Assistant Director for Safeguarding and Specialist Services; child protection, children in care and SEN. Her previous experience includes Head of Children’s Health commissioning. As well as undertaking SCRs/CSPRs/case reviews since 2016, Karen is also an independent chair of a local authority fostering panel and sits on Fitness to Practice panels for the HCPC.

Karen also volunteers as a Dementia Champion for the Alzheimer’s society and for Citizens Advice; providing advice to and advocacy for vulnerable people.

Adrienne Plunkett – SILP reviewer

Adrienne qualified as a SILP reviewer in 2014. She has high level  skills in engaging families, including children, in the review process, as well as practitioners and front-line managers, handling complex group dynamics and facilitating collaborative problem solving.  In addition, Adrienne writes  reports which are clearly written, accessible, analytical and identify the key learning and recommendations.

‘I have found Adrienne to be proactive, maintaining momentum and ensuring highly focussed and productive panel meetings. Adrienne interacts positively with lead professionals to ensure clarity of purpose and negotiates her way through complex and at times challenging conversations maintaining positive and constructive working relationships.  ‘

Karen Rees – SILP reviewer

Karen’s background is paediatric nursing, school nursing and health visiting.  Karen progressed to safeguarding adult and children roles at various levels in the NHS. Karen was integral in the multi-agency management team setting up an Adult and Child MASH.  Karen represented NHS Trusts on several LSCB & LSAB sub groups including policy, training and SCR/SAR, including chairing and vice chairing.

Leaving the NHS in 2015 to become an independent safeguarding consultant, Karen has undertaken several SCRs and SARs and other reviews using SILP methodology.

Peter Ward – SILP reviewer

Peter qualified as a Social Worker in 1990 and has worked in Local Authority Social Care in both Adult’s and Children’s Services.  Based in West Yorkshire, Peter now works as an independent Social Care & Safeguarding Consultant and in this role he has gained considerable experience of undertaking Serious Case Reviews and Safeguarding Adult Reviews.  Peter is a SILP Lead Reviewer and is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.

“Peter has undertaken several serious case reviews and learning lessons reviews for Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board  over a number of years.  He is reliable and meets deadlines and can be  trusted  to work sensitively and effectively with the review panel,  frontline practitioners and families where appropriate  to identify key learning and make appropriate recommendations. His reports are clear and incisive and he is confident in presenting his findings to relevant meetings including the full board.”
Edwina E Harrison

‘Peter has completed two SCRs for my Board. He brings a robustly analytical approach to the understanding of what has happened in a case and more importantly, why things  have  happened; particularly in relation to organisational and agency contexts to how and why decisions and actions are taken by practitioners and their managers regarding the risks to and needs of children and young people. His work is child focussed and seeks to reference the child’s lived experienced. He works collaboratively with SCR Chairs, business managers and other key players on SCR Panels and LSCBs in regard to review methodologies, the identification of terms of reference, key lines of enquiry, family and professional involvement and practitioners’ learning events. He provides clear findings, lessons and recommendations for policy and practice improvement that can be actioned, resulting in enhanced outcomes for children and young people. In short, he has provided my Board with high quality and actionable learning that has made an appreciable difference to Leeds children and young people. ‘  
Paul Sharkey (MPA)
Assistant Manager
Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership