Email: ben.whitney1@btinternet.com       

Tel: 07939 103340


The picture on this page was taken by my amazingly talented daughter, Josie George - creative writer, photographer, copywriter and mother. Check out her professional website at http://www.josiegeorge.co.uk/


How did I get to here? I often wonder! After taking a Sociology degree and CQSW at Bath University, I began my professional career in 1974 as a social worker with the now defunct Avon County Council. Following the sudden death of my father - who was a rather unconventional  Baptist minister - I decided to study theology at the radical Northern Baptist College and the University of Manchester. I took a postgraduate degree, then became a minister myself for over 5 years, before going to work for the Diocese of Lichfield Board for Social Responsibility till 1989.


I had become increasingly sceptical about traditional Christian beliefs so when that job ended I went back into social work and a new career in Education Welfare. This lasted until I took early retirement in 2011. During that time I also published widely on the educational implications of the Children Act 1989 and other welfare issues during over 20 years' experience in Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Local Authorities. In both LAs I was Manager of the Education Welfare Service and played an active role on the training committees of both ACPCs/Local Safeguarding Children Boards. I have delivered countless 'Level 1' Child Protection training sessions for schools and have co-delivered 'Level 2' inter-agency training events in 3 Local Authorities. Since I 'retired' I have acted as Training Consultant during a review of attendance services for schools in two Midlands LAs and delivered a series of training sessions in several others on preventing and managing allegations against staff


I am now concentrating on supplying schools with self-study and  groupwork resources by email on attendance along with school-based audits, half-day seminars and a whole-day WorkshopI also facilitate seminars and courses for FORUM Business Training and  contribute to journals and conferences on attendance issues.