Fareena Shaheed is a highly experienced social worker with a background in the family court system. Fareena also has particular expertise in quality assurance and continuous practice development and improvement processes. With more than 20 years of experience in the sector, Fareena began her career as an Assistant Warden at the Elizabeth Fry Probation and Bail Hostel before taking up a Social Work post with Slough Borough Council where she undertook responsibilities in the following areas: assessments, family support, child protection, care proceedings, transition to independence and working with children in care.
Following a carer support position with Thames Valley Foster Care, Fareena become a Family Court Adviser with CAFCASS. In this role, Fareena introduced procedures to quality assure team reports and this system was later adopted and developed throughout the organisation. Following promotion to Service Manager within CAFCASS, Fareena was the lead in the South East region on the Children’s Rights Agenda.
Prior to making the move to independent practice Fareena held a position as Area Child Care Co-ordinator with Surrey County Council. This was a quality assurance and safeguarding role, focusing on continuous practice development and improvement.
Fareena was also Surrey’s Link Officer with Research in Practice and the social care representative on the Family Justice Council. Fareena has continued to work with Research in Practice as an independent practitioner, regularly contributing to development and delivery of learning events. She continues her role in advocating for children by providing IRO services for a Local Authority.
With a strong commitment to supporting disadvantaged groups, Fareena has previously held the position of Vice-Chair of the management committee for SAHARA, a refuge for Asian women fleeing domestic abuse, and undertook the role of a trustee for Platform51, an organisation which works with disadvantaged young women.