Sally Mortimore

Independent Social Workers Sally Mortimore

Sally Mortimore has worked in social care for more than 20 years. She began her career as a graduate Youth & Community worker in Germany before returning to the UK to qualify with an MA in Social Work from the University of East Anglia. In 1994, she began work as a social worker and senior practitioner within a local authority childrens social care department until 1998 when she joined the NSPCC to develop an expertise in assessing adults judged to pose a sexual risk to children.

In 2005-07, Sally set up and managed 2 Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) and then in 2008 became service manager responsible for Quality Assurance, the IRO service, Child Protection Conference service and the LSCB in a local authority. Sally holds a BA (Hons) in Social Policy & Social Work, MA in Social Work and an Inter-professional Post graduate Certificate in Practice Teaching.

Sally joined Aidhour in 2014.


Robert Bradshaw

Child Protection and IRO Services Rob Bradshaw


Robert Bradshaw has over 25 years’ social work related experience and holds a CQSW, Advanced Award in Social Work, & MSc Social Care Leadership and Management.  Robert has worked in both the voluntary and statutory sector with children and families and most recently has worked in strategic leadership roles in local authority child protection IRO services, LSCBs and Quality Assurance projects. Robert managed child protection conferencing in the first local authority to apply Signs of Safety practice and has since worked with local authorities across the UK in the application of this model.

Robert has a particular interest in safeguarding and all elements of work with looked after children, family support and child protection.  Robert also has specific experience and expertise in developing quality assurance frameworks, case file audits and governance arrangements.

Robert joined Aidhour in 2015.


Angie Pickard

Account ManagerChildren's Services For Local Authorities, Angie Pickard


Accounts Manager, Angie Pickard has worked in Finance and Administration for nearly 30 years after completing a Diploma in Business Studies. She has a background in Accounts and Managerial positions in a variety of large corporate organisations and smaller commercial companies.

She has worked for Aidhour on a part-time basis since 2013.






Our associates

Aidhour has over 50 associates across the UK. Here are a few of our team members.

Aidhour associates come from a variety of social care and social work management backgrounds.  Aidhour ensures that the associates that are matched to assignments meet and often exceed the statutory or practice requirements for each role.  Aidhour associates are recruited under our rigorous safer recruitment policy and practice CVs can always be provided on request.



Gerry is a registered social worker who qualified in 1979.  He has worked as an IRO in the same authority since 2000 before joining Aidhour as an IRO and Regulation 44 visitor in 2014.  Prior to this, he held a number of management roles in residential children’s homes and Disabled Children Teams in London.



Penny joined Aidhour in 2001 as an independent social worker (ISW), IRO and Child Protection Conference Chair.  Previously, Perry worked as an Assistant Director for a large children’s charity and held a number of different senior management and consultative roles in local authorities in the south west.  She qualified in 1983 and is based in Sussex



Ria is London based and qualified as a social worker in 2008.  He works part time as a Childrens Guardian with CAFCASS and part time with Aidhour as a quality assurance auditor, ISW and Child Protection Conference chair.  He joined Aidhour in 2014.  His background experience has always been in frontline child protection work and prior to becoming independent, he worked as an Advanced Practitioner in a busy London Borough.



Joan is an experienced manager, trainer and consultant in the field of regulation and inspection of residential health and social care services for both adults and children.  She has held positions as head of inspection and compliance in both local authority and private residential care providers and spent 11 years as senior manager with Ofsted.



Clare is based in Bedfordshire and is an experienced social worker and IRO, specialising in the assessment and review of foster carers.  She qualified in 1978 and worked in local authorities within fostering and family placement services until joining Aidhour in 2010.



Selam works with Aidhour as an advocate and specialises in work with Unaccompanied Minors and refugee children and their families within the care system.  She is a qualified systemic psychotherapist and has worked in both charities and local authorities providing support and consultation to children and professionals at practice and strategic levels.



Andy joined Aidhour when it was a fledgling company in 1999.  He is an experienced advocate with a particular interest in work with children in care who wish to pursue complaints relating to services they receive from statutory organisations and supporting unaccompanied minors during age assessments.  Andy also provides contact supervision for families involved in both public and private law proceedings.  He has a background of working in schools, providing one to one support to individual children and teaching art to disabled children.