Natalie Meakin, Advanced Practitioner
Hi, I’m Natalie and I’m an Advanced Practitioner within Cheltenham Safeguarding Team. My role is to hold a reduced complex case load whilst supporting social workers within the team. This includes providing advice and guidance and striving to improve practice through reflection on cases to improve outcomes for children.
When I first started work at GCC, I had lots of positive support and supervision which I felt was very helpful. The training opportunities and mentoring available is definitely a positive part of working here. During my career, I’ve been involved in many challenging safeguarding situations which has really helped me to develop confidence in my ability to deal with a wide range of difficult situations.
For me, Gloucestershire is a great place to work as it’s an accessible area with good transport links to other cities. The part of my job I enjoy most is the diversity of the children and families I work with, we work with people from a wide range of different backgrounds and cultures.
Our service is on a journey of improvement and we’re making great progress. We need more people with the right skills and enthusiasm to help us to continue to develop good practice.