Malcolm Ward

B Soc Sc (Social Administration)    1973

Master of Social Work                     1978

HCPC Registered Social Worker current

DBS Check - enhanced certificate - latest clearance: March 2015


  • 3 years working in West Africa as a secondary school teacher  1973 - 76
  • Masters degree thesis - Cross cultural social work with West Africans in the UK  1976
  • 29 years as a practitioner, manager and senior manager in Local Authority children's social care / social work (London Borough of Wandsworth 1978-1998 & London Borough of Southwark 2002-Sept 2011)
  • 4 years as a national children's service manager/regional director with NSPCC (1998-2002)
  • Management of ACPCs / Local Safeguarding Children Board/s  
    1992 - 1997 Wandsworth; 
    2002 - 2011 Southwark ; 
    2011-12 Lewisham  - 3 months interim LSCB manager;  
    Aug 2012 - Sept 2013 Wokingham - LSCB development consultant;
    May 2014 - March 2015 Merton - interim LSCB Manager
    March - November 2015 Consultant to Merton LSCB and to Lambeth SCB
  • Strategic inter-agency and multi-disciplinary management of social work & health child protection services; strategic leadership of multi-disciplinary services to disabled children and their families   (Chair of the Wandsworth Inter-Agency Strategic Partnership Board for Disabled Children)
  • Inter-Agency strategic leadership on Information Sharing and also for Workforce Development for the Children's Strategic Partnership (Southwark) (Chair/Vice Chair of the relevant inter-agency bodies
  • Child protection advice/mentoring to agency safeguarding advisers and designated staff
  • Complex case management; including inter-agency and multi-disciplinary management
  • Chairing of case reviews, serious case reviews (1996 to present) & child death reviews - including Joint LSCB Child Death Review Overview Panel  (Lambeth and Southwark)  
  • Independent Chair SCR Sub Group - Lambeth SCB (to summer 2016) 
  • Case auditing - children's social care and inter-agency
  • Training assessment, co-ordination and direct delivery of a range of specialist and muliti-disciplinary one or two day courses and ongoing action learning sets or seminars in child care and child protection; specialist course in developing case supervisors in child protection; & training of designated safeguarding leads in schools and early years settings   
  • Consultation and mentoring
  • Study conference co-ordination 
  • Facilitator of Action Learning Sets for casework supervisors aimed to enhance reflective supervision theory and skills 2003 - current
  • Faculty Member of the University of Warwick Medical School CPD Course in the Management of Unexpected Child Deaths   2008 - 2012
  • Independent Case auditing / quality assurance - (Croydon Children's Services May/June 2012)
  • Speaker at national and local study conferences: on child death review processes; safe recruitment processes, safeguarding children and teaching reflective and analytic skills to casework and clinical supervisors
  • Member of DfE/SCRI  'Messages from Research' Advisory Group 2010 - 11  (Advising on Safeguarding children across services  published November 2011)
  • Social Work Registration Assessor for the Health and Care Professionals Council - August 2012 - current
  • Director: Multi-Academy Trust (Secondary and Primary, Alternative Education Provision: 2011 to December 2017
  • Safeguarding Advisor and Trainer to a local youth charity (SW London) – current (voluntary)


April 2019