Social Work Consultant
Marinda is a qualified social worker with 16 years of experience working with children and families, predominantly child protection. This includes experience in statutory case work as a Social Work practitioner, Team Manager in a child protection service and strategic management as a Business Manager for a Local Safeguarding Children Board.
In her native country of South Africa, Marinda delivered trauma therapy on behalf of the South African Police department for victims of rape and sexual assaults. She also delivered training and workshops to schools, parents, prisons and young people and adults with mental health difficulties with the aim to enhance their skills and ability to cope and manage the challenges they face on a day to day basis.
Marinda managed and helped delivered a symposium on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) to a number of professionals across the Western Cape district of South Africa. Out of 187 countries, a study found that South Africa has the highest prevalence rate of FAS, at 111 per 1,000 people.
Marinda has a passion for children and vulnerable people and strongly believe that their voices should be heard and recognised throughout the interventions of all professionals / adults who work with children and young people. She is committed to encouraging professionals to work in partnership and collectively to ensure children are safe and well cared for.