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Hellen Beresford

Referrals and Placement Manager

I am a Social Worker with a background in Child Protection and I joined Nugent last October. My role involves working closely with Local Authority Children’s Social Workers, Commissioners, Special Educational Needs teams and Nugent’s fantastic Care and school colleagues to identify and secure suitable residential and education placements for vulnerable young people who are not able to live with their family or in a foster care setting for a variety of reasons.

By carefully matching the individual complex needs of each young person to the right provision, I aim to ensure that our residential children’s homes or Nugent House School are able to meet their short or long term care and special education needs.  These young people can be traumatised, extremely vulnerable, often have additional needs and may have experienced significant abuse, loss and instability. Being part of an organisation that enables young people to feel safe, supported and nurtured to enable them to move forward successfully and safely with their lives and make positive change, is incredibly rewarding.

Describe your job in 6 words:

Humbling, harrowing at times, extremely worthwhile

Highlights in one sentence:

Being involved in the change journey for our most vulnerable children

One thing no one knows about me:

I speak Catalan as I previously lived in Spain for 10 years when my children were young.

Favourite possession:

My fast car – I love driving!

My hero/heroine:

Currently it is Barak Obama. I have a pretty big crush on him too!


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