Afshan has over 25 years’ experience in social work in the areas of residential childcare, preparation for independence, counselling, fostering services and support services for sexually abused young women.
Previously, Afshan was a Project Development Manager and Life Story Work Consultant She has presented international workshops, produced training for carers, professionals and young people, co-authored articles on life story work and direct work with children and has also co-produced films and training tools.
Shel has worked for 10 years within a fostering environment having been involved with the recruitment, assessment and approval of foster carers. She has worked within the administrative role and also from the Marketing and Recruitment Role. Shel is now undertaking the role of National Fundraising Manager working closely with Trust and Foundations to acquire more funding to enable the foundation to continue to achieve its Aims and Objectives in supporting all care leavers.
Binta previously worked full time for FCA/CoreAssets for 5 years as a participation officer then changed roles to project worker. Before that she worked as a Care Experienced Consultant, doing projects with other FCA care leavers.
She participated in the Belonging Tour, sat on interview panels for social workers, developed Steps to Independence training for FCA care leavers and joined in an annual trip to Wales. She attended and presented at IFCO conferences in Canada, Bulgaria, and Estonia. She ran a 6 months group for care leavers who wanted to stay in contact with FCA, the group was a safe space where care leavers could meet each other share their experiences, eat and watch movies.
She graduated with a 2:1 in Law with Criminology, and has been working with Rees, The Care Leavers Foundation since June 2016.
She has a lifelong dream of becoming a Lawyer