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Fostering in Lancashire, Merseyside and Cheshire

Want to join our fostering team of almost 30 families in the North West? Parallel Parents West is our newest branch, set up to better support our team in this area! We're looking for carers to join our family, especially in and around Liverpool, Warrington, down to Crewe and Congleton, and most areas in between!

Parallel Parents West

Your social worker will be on hand 24/7 and live absolutely no more than an hour away from you. We make sure you have support as locally as possible! Get in touch now to start your journey.

Meet the team


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Hi, my name is Suzanne and I am the registered manager for PP West.

I have worked with children and young people for over 30 years, and I've worked for Care Today and Parallel Parents for 25 years. During my time here I've been given lots of opportunities to grow and develop, and have previously worked as a residential manager for Care Today.

As a supervising social worker I have had the most amazing opportunities to see children grow and develop and have loved being a part of carers' and children's journeys. Developing positive relationships and having an understanding of the children I work with allows me to be able to give insight and support to carers.

It has been a pleasure and an honour to be part of so many children's lives and I hope it continues for many more years to come!


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Emma is one of our Supervising Social Workers and Designated Sensory Needs Practitioner for Parallel Parents and Care Today. Emma has 14 years of lived experience with her own children who have sensory difficulties alongside ADHD and autism. Emma has also completed her Masters Degree in Children with Autism and is currently completing a PhD to explore behaviours and diagnosis. Emma has also recently been awarded a Sensory Needs Practitioner Award due to her experience and strengths in her role.

While Emma has already been supporting the organisation for some time, the support she has offered to so many families is so valuable that we have decided to build Emma her own hub to support all families, carers, Care Today staff and young people.


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Hello, my name is Dave and I've been a Supervising Social Worker with Parallel Parents since 2016.

My role with Parallel Parents allows me to work with some amazing children, carers and birth children. It's a pleasure to be part of the journey, supporting from the assessment process, to approval and then through to fostering where together, we really can make a difference.


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I'm Mandy, Team Leader for the Cheshire area. I have been working as a supervising social worker since 2018 where I originally built a caseload up in the Manchester area before making the decision to move back to Cheshire in 2020.

Prior to my role with Parallel Parents, I was a manager of a children's home, a role I have done since 2004 in various agencies.

I have enjoyed completing assessments with families to prepare them to become foster carers, and am always over the moon to see their faces when they have been approved at panel and feel honoured with being part of their journey.

I feel proud of our carers and of their hard work and commitment to the children in their care, and seeing the children happy and settled is one of the best parts of the job which reinforces why we do what we do, and that there are some amazing people out there who love being able to offer children a space in their home and their heart.


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Hi, my name is Nicky. I have been a supervising social worker for Parallel Parents in the Lancashire area since 2017. Prior to my role within Parallel Parents I worked in Local Authority children's social care settings as a social worker from 2009 until 2017.
My role within Parallel Parents has enabled me to work with some amazing children and extremely skilled and committed foster carers. It has been a pleasure to get to know them through their assessment journey and to continue working with them whilst they develop their skills and experience. I'm so proud of the carers and their hard work in supporting children and young people in their care to make positive progress.


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Hi, my name is Rachel. I have recently joined PP West as a social worker in 2024. Prior to my role within Parallel Parents, I was in Care Today as a residential support worker, alongside my studies in University, where I did my placement with Local Authority children's services.

I was grateful for the opportunity to join PP west alongside the team and the managers, and meet the amazing and committed foster carers that are part of the company. I look forward to recruiting my own carers and supporting the children and young people as part of their journey with PP West.


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Hi my name is Jaki and I've been a Supervising Social Worker with Parallel Parents since 2019.

Prior to my role at Parallel parents I was a residential care worker for care today for five years. (The sister company for Parallel parents). Here, I gained experience and knowledge around working with children and young people.

As a supervising social worker I support foster carers, birth children and children in care.
The role I provide allows me to work alongside some amazing young people and foster carers and it is so rewarding watching the young people grow and flourish. 🌼🌷🌸

My role enables me to provide support during the stages of initial enquiry, through the assessment process and then ongoing support for the fostering family.

I love my role in supporting families to have a better future.


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Hi, my name is Lee. I am currently working with PP West as a student social worker on my final placement as part of my social work degree. In addition to being a student social worker I work for Care Today as registered manager of two children's homes in Manchester. I also deliver training across both Care Today and Parallel Parents in behaviour support and understanding behaviour.

So far, the team at PP West have been fantastic and they have provided me with a very positive learning experience. More than that, the carers and families that I have worked with all provide me with a lot of inspiration. Once qualified, September 2024 all being well, I look forward to helping the team grow so that we can support many more carers, children and families achieve positive outcomes!

Mee The Team
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Apply now!

Start a rewarding career in which you can make a real difference. We will fully train and prepare you to be a great foster parent and help give a less fortunate child a brighter future.

We give you all the support information you need to get started as a foster carer. If you have a question that hasn't been answered by our website, feel free to start a quick web chat with us, email us, or give us a call, and we'd be delighted to answer your query!


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