My name is Jennifer Savage and I’m the Pause Practice Lead in Islington. My job is to support the practitioners and ensure that you get the best service possible.
I have a Bachelor in Social work from the University of Illinois, where I graduated in the top 3% of my class, and a Master in Social Work from the University of Washington. I am also a qualified Practice Teacher, I have my National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL), and I’m a qualified Workplace Mediator. I am the founder of Safe Landings, the only domestic violence programme aimed at children under 5 in the UK.
I have worked in the field of social work for 30 years, 15 of them in the US, and 15 in the UK. I have been working with women and families for the last 25 years. I have had the opportunity to work with women and children facing many different difficulties. In the US I have worked with homeless women and children, young people who have run away from home, survivors of sexual abuse, young people in detention, and Deaf women and children. In the UK I have worked in children’s centres, making sure that families get the right help, the first time they ask. I have brought rape crisis counselling in to children’s centres, and have developed a group for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, called Safe Landings.
I decided to become involved in Pause because I believe that everyone deserves to get the help they need to grow. I believe that all people have strengths, and that Pause will help women to heal, so they can live the life they want for themselves, and be in a position to share their strengths and talents with their community.
In my free time I enjoy gardening, knitting, and sharing a cup of tea with friends.