School of Social Work, Care and Community
Harrington Building, HA 340
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Subject Areas: Social Work, Sociology, Social Policy, Participation and Social Pedagogy
Lindy is a Senior Lecturer teaching across a variety of courses in the School, she qualified as a social worker in 1985 and spent 22 years working in statutory Children’s Services. She held the position of Children’s Rights Officer before moving to NHS inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health services for 10 years. Lindy’s work is influenced by Gerison Lansdown and Ruth Sinclair she is passionate about rights based practice and participatory methods of working.
Lindy began her career in social work as a generic social worker later specialising in children and families. She has experience of child protection, adoption, care proceedings, fostering assessments, children leaving care, youth justice, disabled children and children with mental health difficulties. She has a great deal of experience of developing services in partnership with the children, young people, carers, parents who use them while also working closely with professionals managers and elected members. With Local Authorities she has developed implemented and established evaluation of Leaving Care Services, Independent Reviewing Services, Advocacy, Independent Visitor Service, Looked After Children’s Participation. She held the position of Children’s Rights Officer with Cumbria Children’s services for 5 years.
In 2006 Lindy moved to the NHS to develop the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Mental Health Service covering Lancashire, South Cumbria Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. Her work achieved national accreditation as best practice for the quality and impact of the participation of children young people and families in this work.
Lindy has also provided independent training and consultancy to a number of organisations which include Action for Children, Hillingdon Children’s Services, North West regional circuit judges, South West Independent Reviewing Officers Forum, Think Ahead Mental Health Social Work MA programme, Lancaster University, University of Cumbria, NHS England Commissioning Support Unit. Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Lindy’s is passionate about children and young people’s active influence on decisions about their own lives. Her work to enable adults to embrace children and young people to chair their own review meetings has been recognised as best practice. This work has been undertaken with looked after young people and children and young people in in-patient CAMHS..
Ketchen, Lindy (2010) A Design for Life. Youngminds Magazine, 104 . pp. 32-33.
Ketchen, Lindy (2005) Isn't it all a bit dangerous? Empowering Young People to Chair their own Reviews. Representing Children, 17 (4). pp. 263-271.
Ketchen, Lindy (2005) Young Drivers: Children and Young People Chairing their own Reviews. Seen and Heard, 15 (2). pp. 15-30. ISSN ISSN 1744-1072
Ketchen, Lindy (2009) What Services Should be in Place to Support Young People Aged 16 and 17 Years with Acute Mental Health Needs in Lancashire? Project Report. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire.
The development and impact of adult values on their approach to children and children’s ‘agency’ in decision making.
Presentations to national and regional conferences