South West

The Team

Caroline De Francesca

Hi I am Caroline and I started working for Fusion Fostering in August 2018. I have worked with young people since 1989 starting as a support worker in a youth and community project in London and then in Bristol as a youth worker. I then worked in a residential children’s homes and was lucky enough to be seconded to train as a social worker at the University of the West of England. After qualifying in 1997 I worked in North Somerset supporting children in foster care and then moved into youth offending. I trained in restorative justice which I loved and specialised in working with first time offenders and those affected by their offending behaviour.

In 2005 I left the Local Authority and moved into fostering and worked as a Supervising Social Worker for an Independent provider until I joined Fusion. I love working with foster carers and their families. I believe the ability to build strong relationships and to work holistically is essential and although I will miss the day to day direct work with carers I feel my role as Standards of Care Senior Practitioner will enable me to bring my skills and knowledge to enhance the experience of both children and foster carers within the agency.

I have an interest in well being and have trained recently in teaching mindfulness which I try and practice daily along with a bit of yoga and walking the dogs. I live on the Somerset levels and my pursuits include cycling to nearby pubs and enjoying the odd glass of cider.

Karen Bailey

I oversee the delivery of administrative and secretarial support to the Fusion Fostering regions. My tasks include organising meetings, taking minutes, preparing for panel, assisting our team of busy Social Workers and ensuring our databases are up to date and accurate.

I joined Fusion Fostering in July 2012 and have watched the company grow and develop into the successful agency it is now.

When I am not at work I enjoy organising fund raising events in my village and keeping the ancient tradition of change bellringing going (which is not as easy as it looks!).

Becky Barnett

Hi, I am Becky Barnett and I have been working with Fusion since 2015. I am a Senior Social Worker covering the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath areas. I am a supportive social worker who likes my foster carers to feel valued and listened to.

I graduated from Birmingham University in 1999 and have been a social worker for 18 years. I have experience in various settings which include Child Protection, Children in Care, Leaving Care, and Fostering teams. I have worked in Birmingham and London but settled in Bristol 16 years ago where i live with my husband and two children. In my spare time I enjoy coastal walks with my family and I like to do yoga and gardening to relax.

Beverley Moore

My name is Beverley Moore and I am passionate about the care and wellbeing of children and young people. I qualified as a social worker in 2007 and was employed by the Local Authority, in Children and family teams, including Child Protection, Looked after Children and Children with Disabilities.  Throughout this period, I have had the privilege of working with children, their family’s and carers, supporting and enabling them to ensure the child’s needs were being well met.

In my spare time I enjoy being out and about with my family, including long walks along the coast or in the hills with our very over friendly Labrador Amber. I also like swimming a couple of times a week to keep fit and relaxing with a good book. 

Jo Blackmore-Wynn

Hi, I am Jo and I am in my 10th year as a qualified social worker and I have worked in the social care sector for 14 years, initially supporting young people in the areas of homelessness, mental health, and leaving care. My experience with young care leavers led to a keen interest in the impact that high quality, nurturing foster placements had on outcomes for children, and the need for many more of these positive experiences for these young people. I have now been a Senior Social Worker with Fusion for six years, and I am currently supporting eight foster families under the care partnership of Nigel Thomas.

I have a particular interest in therapeutic parenting approaches, and I am looking forward to undertaking DDP Level One Training in 2018.

Phil and Tamsin Beauchamp

We have been with Fusion Fostering since 2013 and cover Devon. Phil has been a social worker for 30 years, with extensive experience working with children and families, safeguarding and mental health. Phil also has a specialism in assessing and supporting Parent and Child placements.

Tamsin trained as a teacher, working with teenagers and children with additional needs. We offer a full support package to the foster carers we work with and are passionate about helping carers provide exceptional placements to looked after children.

Cath Davies

Hi, I am Cath and I qualified as a Social Worker in 1998 and initially worked with young people in secure accommodation and in a remand management team. I went on to work in child protection and a looked after children’s team, before moving into the independent sector to work in management as a Head of Care, managing a series of children’s homes and a juvenile fire setters organisation.

In 2007, I was involved in the development and growth of a fostering agency, adopting the role of Registered Manager and Director of Fostering. That role ignited my passion for fostering and a commitment to delivering a high quality service to foster carers, children and young people.

I am a proud mum to my daughter who takes up much of my spare time along with an interest for cooking, travelling, interior design and keeping fit. I joined Fusion in 2017 as a Senior Social Worker, covering Dorset, East Somerset and West Wiltshire.

Don Polaine

Employed as a Senior Social Worker with Fusion since 2013. a qualified social worker since 2004, Don has worked in Child Protection, a Children’s Looked After team, Fostering and Adoption. Don has also completed hundreds of Form F Assessments over the years. Don’s passion for working with children stems from his personal experience of being adopted as a child.

Don is a proud father of his two daughter’s (both in their 20’s). One is studying Paediatric Nursing whilst the other is a singer in a band. In his spare time Don enjoys long walks with his wife and pet dog and is gradually completing the whole of the South West Coast path (630 miles)! Don also loves travelling the world and experiencing different cultures across the globe. Don’s other passion is music and seeing live bands (of all musical genres).

Nigel Bell

I have worked with Fusion Fostering since 2013, as a Senior Social Worker covering the South Somerset, West and South Dorset areas. I have an established local team of three Social Workers, one Positive Behaviour Support Advisor and a Support Worker. I have a passion for working with children, young people and families and started my Social Work career, whilst serving in the Royal Navy and professionally qualified as a Social Worker in 2003.

I have extensive Social Work experience, including Children and Families, Fostering, Looked After Children and Crisis Intervention. I also work as a Practice Educator for University Social Work Students. In my spare time I like to keep fit, spend time with my family and walking our dog Tilly.

Richard Brandford

I have been a Social Worker since 1971. I qualified in 1976 obtaining the CRCCYP and again in 1984, obtaining the CQSW. I spent the first 15 years of my career working as a Residential Social Worker in a variety of children homes, and between 1976 and 1984 was Officer in Charge of a Short Stay and Day Care Unit for 15 young people.

In the early 1980’s, I began to recognise that for many children who needed to be looked after by the state, institutional care could not fully meet their complex needs. It was my opinion then and now that many children homes, because of the constant turnover in staff, struggle to find the right kind of parenting consistency, nurture, and care which value the children as individuals.
In the early 1980’s I made a personal commitment to devote my professional energies to foster care. It has been my mission and passion ever since. I believe that for those young people, who through no fault of their own, end up in foster care, that it is possible to find the right family, who can welcome them, accept them and with support, help those young people to achieve their best. Foster carers and their families are in a unique position to improve the lives of children and offer them opportunities that are, life changing.
The children in our community deserve the best from our foster carers and social workers. After many years of working for a large IFA, I am now focussed on using my knowledge and experience to recruit and deliver the best possible support to foster carers, as part of Fusion Fostering.

Louisa Turvey

I am a new addition to the South West Team and joined in September 2017. My role is an Administrator. Every day is varied and includes co-ordinating the attendance of Foster Carers to the relevant training events we provide.

My previous job was within a small rural Pre-School surrounded by 2-4 year olds. I enjoyed this role for 13 years but decided to make a career change and was given the chance to work at Fusion.

My hobby is collecting handbags! I have many different styles and a vintage collection with a few that date back to 1700’s. The rest of my collection is hidden around the house as my family don’t share my passion

Nigel Thomas

Hi, I am Nigel Thomas and I have been working with Fusion since 2012. I have worked in Social work since 1983. I am very passionate about therapeutic childcare having studies at the Tavistock clinic for four years and worked in a therapeutic community. I like to recruit foster carers who are able to work holistically with the child. I value resilience, compassion, empathy and caring in my carers. I think it is important to look beneath the child’s behaviour and understand their justifiable anger and pain. In my free time I enjoy reading, days out with my family including my teenage daughter, playing golf and attending concerts, Van Morrison was my last one.

Aneta Morgiewicz

Aneta is a Qualified Social Worker, holding a Masters Degree in Social Work, and has over 8 years experience in local UK government authorities working with vulnerable children. Aneta has been with Fusion Fostering as a Care Partner since 2016. Her social work experience in Child Protection, Court, Fostering and Adoption, Looked After Children and Asylum Seekers Team are instrumental to her work at Fusion. Aneta is originally from Poland and is very focused, through Fusion, to place Polish children currently in the UK care system, with families of Polish background who are permanently based in the UK. Aneta is passionate about securing better outcomes and futures for all foster children. Aneta has a wide range of interests, she enjoys playing tennis, theatre and visiting art galleries. Her passion to learn about new places, cultures and peoples is satisfied by her desire to travel.

Roger Drake

Employed by Fusion since March 2016 Roger Drake is our Care Partner covering Kent and Medway. Roger has a long history of working in social care, previous experience of working with learning disabilities and mental health service users before qualifying as a social worker in 2004. He has a wealth of social work experience in youth offending, unaccompanied minors, and fostering as well as adolescent team work. Roger enjoys keeping fit, and is a reiki practitioner.

Des Walsh

Employed with Fusion since 2017, Des is our Supervising Social Worker covering the Essex and East London area. Des is an experienced Manager within the Fostering environment. His previous role was as a Registered Manager for an IFA. Des’ work experience over the last twenty-three years has stemmed from a wide range of social care settings and he has extensive Social Work experience, including Safeguarding, Fostering, Looked After Children and Adoption. He has worked in numerous children’s homes, as well as several adolescent units, and dealt with supported lodgings and the homeless young people. In his spare time Des enjoys Geocaching, Camping, Canoeing, walking, and traveling the great outdoors in general.

Modhu Butler

Hello, My name is Modhu and I am a qualified social worker and I joined Fusion in June 2018 as a Care partner.  I gained my MSc in social work from Royal Holloway, Univeristy of London in 2012. Since then, I have worked predominantly in Fostering and adoption although I have also worked in Child Protection, Child In Need, MASH and LAC teams too.
I have supported children through the asylum process as well as helping safeguard young girls from forced marriage. In fact, my MSc dissertation looked into the support services for children and young women experiencing forced marriage and domestc violence.
As a supervising social worker, I have facilitated training and suppprt groups for both foster carers and also their children. I believe in establishing good working relationships with my foster carers, based on trust and respect, for the best outcomes for children in the care system.
Life before social work?  Well, many years ago I spend time counselling young girls affected by forced marriage which then led me to choose social work. I also hold a degree in horticulture and have designed gardens for people affected by dementia, disability and sensory needs. I am a firm believer in therapeutic fostering and my long term plan is to combine fostering with horticultural therapy for Looked After Children and their foster families. 
 
In my spare time I love to bake cakes and cook a variety of foods from all around the world. My husband and I love travelling and visiting historic houses and gardens in the UK. 

Francis Kelly 

In partnership with Fusion since 2015 and covering Essex and Suffolk, Francis qualified as a Social Worker over 21 years ago. He has extensive experience of fostering having previously managed a therapeutic fostering service where he worked systemically in the therapeutic care of vulnerable and traumatised children, young people and their carers. Francis  also acts as an expert witness in family court proceedings in cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Francis lives in Colchester and is married with two teenage children.

Janet coxen

I have recently joined Fusion Fostering as an administrator. I have had a long and varied career including working for another independent fostering agency.

In my free time my favourite pastime is spending time with my grown up children, their partners and especially my very precious grandson.

I rather like a watching sport and playing badminton.