B Soc Sc (Hons)
Sarah Clay is a qualified, experienced trainer and consultant with expertise in training and facilitation of managers, staff and volunteers, organisational strategic development, anti-discriminatory practice, senior staff mentoring, action research and project evaluation. Over the past 31 years she has worked in and with a broad range of community, youth and social care organisations within the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. She manages the company’s social care services and team of Associate Consultants.
Since 2002 Sarah has worked as a training consultant for a range of large and small companies. She regularly delivers training programmes to social work, supported housing and youth work staff/managers as well as volunteers and individuals returning to employment. She is an associate trainer with a large national Children's Charity delivering a broad range of training to managers and staff including: Supervision Skills, Effective Recording Practice, Equality & Diversity and Safeguarding.
Sarah has been part of Central's Social Care team delivering on a range of commissions including large scale programmes for a number of years. Sarah has contributed to numerous programmes providing core skills in person-centred, strength-based, outcomes focussed assessment and support planning, including to support Care Act compliance in several authorities. Enabling delegates to gain a working knowledge of social care legislation has been an important aspect of programmes. Other projects which Sarah has led include: improving the learning opportunities for parents of adopted children; a series of reflective practice sessions for an Adult Safeguarding Team; and delivering staff training for a young peoples' supported housing provider.
When facilitating learning, Sarah uses her counselling/mediation skills to listen to delegates, promote discussion within the training room and challenge when necessary, always with a view to supporting them in their professional development. Her experience of delivering a wide range of nationally and locally accredited courses influences her robust approach to all training commissions including a clear focus on the achievement and assessment of specified learning outcomes.
In 2014 Sarah became a volunteer Dementia Friend Champion. She also brings an understanding of adult social care from the perspective of a carer of an elderly relative.