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Who’s who on the FDAC National Unit Partnership Board

The Partnership Board

The FDAC National Unit is run by a Partnership Board of agencies with expertise in judicial and social care practice, research, policy making and project management. They bring together the commitment and experience needed to scale-up and embed FDAC as well as extract and act on the lessons that will emerge.

Click the “+” symbol next to each partner to find out more about who is involved in the Partnership Board.


STEVEN BAMBROUGH (responsible to the CEO of the Trust for the work of the FDAC National Unit) is Associate Clinical Director (CAMHS Directorate) at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He helped construct the clinical team for the London FDAC, which started in 2008, and was General Manager of the service until 2015. He is a registered social worker with over 20 years’ involvement in child protection practice, expert witness evidence in court, training, consultation and service development and is currently completing a Professional Doctorate in social work at the University of East London. He teaches on the Social Work MA course at the Tavistock Centre and has held management posts in the voluntary sector and the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, including his current post as General Manager of the Westminster Family Service.


MIKE SHAW (Co-Director of the FDAC National Unit) is a Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic and was Clinical Lead for the London FDAC between 2008 and 2015. He has a long-term interest in the assessment and treatment of children and families with highly complex emotional and behavioural problems, including previously leading a NHS residential tertiary referral service for preadolescent children, and producing expert reports for the family courts. He has held various teaching and training posts, including Honorary Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at St George’s University of London and Chair of the Tutors and Programme Directors Committee at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has written extensively on child and family mental health and the law and is editing a book on justice and children.


SOPHIE KERSHAW (Co-Director of the FDAC National Unit) is a Consultant Social Worker at the Tavistock Clinic and was Service Manager for the London FDAC between 2008 and 2015. She holds an MA in Social Work and Certificates in adolescent mental health and drugs’ education. She has been involved in child protection practice, training, consultation and service development for over 16 years and has extensive experience as an expert witness in court. Before her pioneering role with FDAC she worked in child protection in various Inner London Boroughs and, before that, in hostels and day centres for homeless people and in children’s residential care. As part of her managerial and development role in FDAC she has continued to work as a clinician specialising in child protection, drawing on her accreditation in delivering Social Behavioural Network Therapy, Video Interaction Guidance, Mellow Parenting and Triple P programmes.


PHIL BOWEN has been the Director of the Centre for Justice Innovation since 2012. He holds a Masters in History from St. Andrews University and an MBA with Merit from Imperial College London. His main career background is work for the British civil service, including at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice on community policing, counter terrorism, and probation reform. During a secondment to the Center for Court Innovation in New York, he worked for a year at Bronx Community Solutions and helped establish their work on failure in criminal justice reform. As Director of the Centre for Justice Innovation he oversees their programme that supports and advocates for innovation practice in UK courts, with a particular focus on procedural justice and problem-solving justice.


STEPHEN WHITEHEAD launched and oversees the Better Courts Programme at the Centre for Justice Innovation. The Programme supports and advocates for innovative practice in UK courts, with a particular focus on procedural justice and problem-solving justice. Before that he worked in the Democracy and Participation Programme at the New Economic Foundation. As project manager, he led public engagement around issues of privacy and bio-ethics, on behalf of the Wellcome Trust, the Nuffield Trust and others. He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from Birkbeck College.


RENUKA JEYARAJAH-DENT is Director of Operations and Deputy CEO at Coram, the country’s first children’s charity. She is an Educational Psychologist and her previous experience has included training and consultancy at local and international level and authorship/chairing of Serious Case Reviews. Her management portfolio includes Coram’s consultancy service; research and policy; and a number of direct delivery services to vulnerable children and young people, including those in or leaving care.


MARY RYAN and JO TUNNARD are co-founders of RyanTunnardBrown, a small team of consultants with expertise in public law, social work and social policy, and whose work includes policy development, research and evaluation, and project management. Before setting up RyanTunnardBrown they worked on research development with the Social Research Unit at Dartington (1996-1999). They were part of the team based at Brunel University responsible for the independent evaluation of FDAC (2008-2014).


Mary carried out the feasibility study for the FDAC pilot in 2005. She is a lawyer who, when in practice, specialised in public law relating to children and families. She was the legal adviser of Family Rights Group and then its joint chief executive (1992-96).


Jo’s background is in teaching and the voluntary sector and she has extensive experience of writing and editing for different audiences. She was the founding CEO of Family Rights Group (1979-1992) and before that welfare rights adviser and Assistant Director at Child Poverty Action Group.


JUDITH HARWIN is Professor of Social Work at Brunel University London. She has a particular interest in researching outcomes for children in public care, parental substance misuse, child welfare, and care planning. She was the Principal Investigator of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court Evaluation Project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and Home Office (2008-2014). Current research includes a national study of supervision orders, family justice and child outcomes (2015-2017) and – with Karen Broadhurst – a study of recurrent care proceedings, both also funded by the Nuffield Foundation. She is a member of the BAAF research advisory group and has undertaken research and consultancy for international organisations, including UNICEF, UNESCO, the EU and the World Bank.



KAREN BROADHURST is Professor of Social Work and Socio-Legal Studies in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at Lancaster University. She is a qualified social worker with extensive experience in both practice and practice near research and a specialist interest in both social work at the family court interface and family treatment courts. She leads the current study of recurrent care proceedings (2014-2016), funded by the Nuffield Foundation. Karen is interested in how the data infrastructure for child welfare practice can be improved at national and international level. She is Co-Editor in Chief of the journal Qualitative Social Work but, as a mixed-methods researcher, she also works with larger-scale quantitative datasets.