Hi, I’m Lou Bartlett and the Social Work Academy Lead for BCP Children’s Services. I qualified as a social worker in the early 1990’s and worked in Wiltshire with children in care for seven years. I then worked as a team manager in a range of teams at Bournemouth Children’s Services for 16 years in roles across the child’s journey, but I am best remembered for creating and managing the Family Solutions Team (FaST for short!) and The Lights Project, a Play Therapy Service for children affected by parental addiction.
I am an experienced Practice Educator and for the last 20 years have supported, coached, and assessed social work students on placements within our service, as well as facilitating our Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for newly qualified social workers.
I am committed to developing evidence-based practice and to supporting practitioner learning, embedding best practice across our services to ensure children and young people are at the front and centre of everything we do. Everybody in the BCP Children's Services should have the opportunity to grow, develop and progress at whatever stage of their career. I am committed to investing in the development of all our staff so they can be the best they can be.