Social Work Ltd



About Us

About Us

CreativeSocial Work is a fast growing, evidence and research-based provider of training solutions to social work organisations.
We deliver interventions that utilise the best research, social work methods, law, policy and procedure in a creative and engaging way that inspires those we work with.
CreativeSocial Work –It’s our name and our mission!

Jo Spender – Founder of Creative Social Work

Jo Spender

Jo Spender

Director and Lead Trainer

Experience And Skills
Jo is a qualified Social Worker with 26 years’ experience as a Children and Families Practitioner, Educator/Trainer and Operational and Strategic Manager. Jo’s experience extends to the design and delivery of Step Up to Social Work Programmes and academic research. Jo has extensive experience of managing operational frontline services across the continuum of need as a Team Manager, Service and Strategic Manager. Her notable skills, experience and knowledge is around court practices and permanency planning. Jo has demonstrated an ability to improve outcomes for children and their families through change management, she has experience in the design and implementation of service restructures within local authorities and performance improvement by motivating and leading teams through the implementing of a performance management culture within services. Jo has experience of leading services through OFSTED inspections. Latterly, Jo has utilised her considerable knowledge, skills and experience to train social care professionals and provide consultancy service to local authorities.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
  • BSc Sociology
  • Director, Creative Social Work Ltd, Training & Consultancy (2017 – present)
  • Senior Manager, Children Looked After, ( 2016 – 2017).
  • Group Manager, Children in Care & Care Leavers, (2015 – 2016)
  • Principal Manager, Children in Need (2014 – 2015)
  • Regional Lead Step up to Social Work (2011 – 2014)
  • Family Court Adviser, CAFCASS(2010-2011)
  • Associate lecturer, (2009 – 2011)
  • Lecturer Child Care Law (2009 – 2011)
  • Team Manager, Child in Need (1997 – 2007)
  • Snr Practitioner (1995 – 1997)
  • Children & Families Social Worker (1990 – 1995

Simon Sheard

Elearning Developer

Experience And Skills
Simon is a qualified learning and development professional with over 20 years’ experience. Simon has worked as a freelance trainer and learning designer for large and small organisations across
the UK and internationally. In his career he has managed large scale training projects for major organisations
and governments.
  • Post-graduate certification in Human Resource Management.
  • Level 4 certification in learning and development.
  • Articulate instructional design software and Adobe Creative Suite knowledge.
  • Regional trainer delivering qualifications in: logistics, customer service and facilities management.
  • FreelFreelance Trainer delivered sales, customer service, train the trainer and facilitation training to contact centre staff.
  • Senior management team member for an international training provider


Contact Creative Social Work Ltd for children’s social care training needs