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Meet the SSAFA Adoption team

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Meet the SSAFA Adoption team

Jill Farrelly, Adoption Team Manager

Jill Farrelly

Adoption Team Manager

Jill holds the Diploma in Social Work (1996) and the Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (2007). She has worked in a number of social work settings including working with adults and children with disabilities, working with young people who have special needs and as an Adoption and Fostering Social Worker.

Stephen Richards, Adoption Head of Service

Stephen Richards

Adoption Head of Service

Stephen qualified as a social worker in 1993 having started his career as a residential social worker in a home for adolescents in the mid 1980s. He has worked for a number of local authorities and voluntary sector organisations and has managed adoption services since 2003 as well as being the independent vice chair of an adoption panel. Before joining SSAFA, Stephen was an independent social worker for 4 years focusing on adoption work as well as taking on a broad range of other projects.

Kathy Stubbs

Senior Social Work Practitioner

Kathy holds an undergraduate MA in Geography and Land Economy (1982); an MSc in Social Policy and Administration and CQSW (1987) and the Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (2004). Kathy has worked in a number of social work settings since 1982, with the main focus of her work being adoption both as a practitioner and as a manager; she has worked for SSAFA Adoption Service since 2007.

Rose Tiplady

Senior Social Work Practitioner

Rose holds a BSc (Hons) in Health and Sociology (2000); DipSW/ MA in Social Work (2002) and the Post Qualifying Award (PQ1) (2007). Since qualifying Rose has worked within the adoption and permanence teams in local authorities. She joined SSAFA Adoption Service in 2012.

Margaret Boyle

Senior Social Work Practitioner

Maggis (Margaret) holds a Diploma in Social Work and Higher Education (2001) and Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (2003). Prior to qualifying as a social worker she was previously employed in the welfare sector working in both children and adult services. She started her social work career with a Local Authority in the Permanence and Adoption Team where she remained for 6 years before relocating to the Fostering service where she remained for a further 6 years. Maggis joined the SSAFA Adoption Services in April 2014.

Sandra Jones

Senior Social Work Practitioner

Sandra Jones has been a qualified social worker now since 1991 and worked in a variety of roles, mainly in North Yorkshire but also with Leeds, Warwickshire and Kirklees Councils. Sandra has always worked within Children and Family Services, in safeguarding children, supporting families and in fostering and adoption teams. Sandra has also worked in schools providing education and care provision (residential and day) for children (11-16yrs) with a range of learning, physical, behavioural and emotional needs. Sandra has now worked in adoption for three years and has been with SSAFA since 2015.


Senior Social Work Practitioner - Post Adoption Support