Denise Smalley

About Me

Hello, I’m @weirhopper and proud to stand as an ally alongside care experienced friends and the wider community. From being an ambassador for #ECLCM and being invited to join the Care Experienced Conference team. I add my support to #OurCareOurSay because it’s essential that those with power over a review of the English care system involve and listen to those with lived experience, to not do so would make any such review a hollow and cynical exercise. 

Professionally, I’ve been a care worker supporting adults in residential care and a family support worker before training and becoming a social worker with children and families. I worked as a supervising social worker for over a decade before my current role supporting adults affected by adoption, primarily adult adoptees and parents who have had a child removed from their care and adopted. More recently I’ve been involved in developing Parents, Families and Allies Network @PFAN_UK 

I’m proud to know many successful, wise and talented people who spent time in care as children, who now live ordinary lives; working, raising families, and contributing to society. Their diverse experiences and voices must be central to any review of the English care system. 

Let’s come together to ensure @vickyford and the yet to be announced chair of the review listen. 

Our Care Our Say

If you are a care experience person of any age you can give your views on what the forthcoming Care Review in England should cover and how it should be run complete the “Our Care Our Say“ survey: HERE

The Care Experienced Conference website has a searchable directory of support services and helpful information for care experienced people of all ages created by and for the community. You can access the website via the following website: HERE

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