ABOUT ME

Email: ben.whitney1@btinternet.com       

Tel: 07939 103340

 

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 did 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, helping parish churches to make connections between what they did on Sundays and the rest of the life of their local communities. But I  had become increasingly sceptical about traditional Christian beliefs so when that job ended I gradually gave up on ministry and 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, working with schools across the LA in managing attendance, staff training and casework advice etc. I 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.

 

After almost 30 years' experience, I am now concentrating only on supporting schools with managing attendance and absence. I also facilitate occasional seminars and courses for FORUM Business Training, contribute to journals and speak at conferences on attendance issues, especially the legal framework, how it should be applied and whether it is still fit for purpose.

 

I am also developing new interests as the balance shifts between work and life. See also HUMANIST SPIRITUALITY for what has happened to my religious beliefs and my thoughts on being human.

 

 

MY CHOSEN CHARITY

Make a loan.  Change a life.

Welcome

My website has had a makeover. You'll still find everything you need for my professional offer as an Independent Education Welfare Consultant and Trainer on the 'attendance' page.

 

I am committed to a welfare-based strategic approach to attendance and absence rather than a focus on enforcement. I may not always tell you exactly what you think you want to hear or repeat what you always thought was true. But I will offer you an informed and independent voice that gives you real practical help in carrying out your statutory duties and seeks to promote  creative solutions for those children and young people who most need them. I don't do twitter but I do 'whitter' about education welfare issues. Currently:'More nonsense over home education'.

 

But there is more to life than work so you'll also find a page about my humanist approach to spirituality where I write about the dialogue between faith and life for those who are not convinced that conventional religion necessarily takes us where we need to go as modern, thoughtful human beings. Life before death is what matters, not speculation about what might happen afterwards.

 

Feedback and comment are always very welcome.

ALL INFORMATION AND ADVICE PROVIDED ON THIS WEBSITE, AND IN RELATED RESOURCES AND EVENTS, IS  GIVEN IN GOOD FAITH AND IS TRUE AND ACCURATE TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE AND BELIEF. HOWEVER NO LIABILTY IS ACCEPTED FOR ANY ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES ARISING THEREFROM OR FOR ANY IMPLICATIONS OF UNINTENDED ERRORS.  I HAVE BOTH PUBLIC LIABILITY AND PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY INSURANCE.

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