PAMS Trainer Profiles
Sue McGaw (PhD., Parents with Learning Disabilities; MSc in Clinical Psychology, BA Hons
Psychology) has been a clinical psychologist
since 1986. Sue is one of the leading experts in the
field of parents with learning disabilities in the UK and has been an expert witness for the courts
and Law Society for 25 years. The BPS awarded her the Distinguished Contribution to
Professional Psychology in 2000 in recognition of her work. She was their media spokesperson
for many years. She has been a prolific researcher and author of publications during her
professional life, including the PAMS Assessment. She is well known as a keynote speaker at
conferences in the UK and abroad and has trained many professionals during her 28 year
career. Sue has been providing PAMS workshops since 1998.
Donna Ward (Dip
SW; BA in Social Work; City & Guilds
Teaching) has been an independent
Social Worker and Children's Guardian since 2004 and is currently a Director of Ward Andrews
Limited. She has over 25 years in the Child Care arena which includes working with very
challenging adolescents in both open and secure residential settings. She has experience of
training, practice teaching, child protection, substance misuse, play work, Youth Justice and
Mental Health. Donna worked for seven years in a Family Support team conducting complex
Child Protection assessments and working in the Family Court arena. Donna has been a
licensed/practising PAMS Trainer since 2011.
Rosanna Aten-Shearwood (MA Social Work; BSc Psychology) is a Social Care Team Manager with a front-line child protection team in Derby City and an independent PAMS Trainer. She previously worked for Derby City Council as a qualified Social Worker; a Trainer; Practice Educator and Practice Mentor Assessor working with social workers across the Local Authority and Trainee Practice Educators. Prior to a career in Social Work, she spent time with the Nottingham City Family Intervention Project as a Triple P Parenting practitioner, running accredited Triple P courses in a group setting and on a one-to-one basis with vulnerable families. Prior to this, Rosanna worked as a drug counsellor for adult prisoners, then as Team Manager in the Midlands for 5 years. She is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS). Rosanna has been a licensed/practising PAMS Trainer since 2011.
Sue Everton (Dip Social Work; BA in Family and Child Care Studies) is an independent Social
Worker with post-graduate training in Attachment Style Interview, Signs of Safety, Care Index
and Video Interaction Guidance. She has over twenty years’ child protection experience which
has involved the management of complex care proceedings within the court arena. As a
practitioner and manager, Sue has worked as a Children’s Guardian (CAFCASS) across a variety
of local authority settings. Sue has expertise in delivering training and consultancy to local
authorities and other agencies. Sue has been a licensed/practising PAMS Trainer since 2014.