Joanne Jackson


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


Ms Joanne Jackson is employed as a Family Therapist/Social Worker, at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with children and families. She holds the Diploma in Social Work and a Certificate in Higher Education from Greenwich University and a Practice Teachers Award from Christ Church University. She has worked in a statutory capacity as a Social Worker in child protection for 10 years with various Local Authorities. Her role in this capacity has included undertaking risk assessments of children and families and preparing reports for the court. She has also undertaken joint investigations with the police and assessing Schedule 1 offenders. She has worked within Child and Adolescent Services since 2000, predominantly undertaking intensive parenting assessments and treatments of children and their families, preparing reports for the courts and appearing as an expert witness. Much of her court work has included assessing children’s emotional, behavioural, social functioning, parental capacity for change, and relationships of families where there have been extreme discord and inadequate parenting that have impacted upon child development.

Ms Jackson was employed in the capacity of an Honorary Tutor at Kings College London University/institute of Psychiatry where she taught on the MSc/ Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy course for 8 years. Ms Jackson was also involved in delivering weekly seminar sessions, tutorial with students and marking student s assignments.  Many of the students on this course were from a social care background so tailoring some of the systemic principles within a social care setting was a key feature in the sessions.  

In the course of her work Ms Jackson has undertaken systemic supervision both of qualified systemic therapist and those in training. She has delivered the Tripple P training to parents and is an accredited Webster-Stratton parenting group facilitator where she delivered this training over the course of three years. In 2009 after completing a further MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology, Ms Jackson set up and ran a parent-infant psychotherapy group for three years. This group was very much an attachment based group where the focus was building the bond between the mother and infant.

Ms Jackson furthered this specialist interest by working on a project within a Children’s Centre in Luton where she developed an attachment based parent-infant drop-in group. She delivered training to the Children’s Centre staff and supervised them whilst the group ran over a 12 month period in a bid to equip the staff with the skill to continue to run the group once the pilot period had finished.   

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