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The Next Step Fostering Group is guided by a Group Management Team (GMT) who’s role is to ensure that the organisation recruits the highest calibre of Foster Carers and supports them professionally so that we can continue to help as many looked after children as possible – every day working hard towards improving outcomes for the children in our care. Our GMT includes, but is not limited to:

Mary Cattell

Registered Manager
Mary Cattell is the Senior Manager and Registered Manager of Next Step, managing the Croydon, East London, Faversham and Thames Valley Offices and assisting in overseeing the Next Step social work team. Mary has worked for Next Step since 2001 and prior to joining us, was a Foster Carer herself for 15 years. Together with the other managers and team members, Mary helps to uphold the principles of leadership, openness and honesty and over sees the everyday running of our excellent ‘OFSTED OUTSTANDING’ service.

Daniel Lansley

Group Quality Assurance Manager & Responsible Individual
Daniel Lansley is the Quality Assurance Manager overseeing contracts, business relations with Local Authorities, policies and procedures and finance. Daniel has worked for Next Step since 2003 and has over 15 years of experience within the Fostering industry.

We have a dedicated staff team across the South East of England to work alongside our Foster Carers to support them in helping children and young people.

Social Worker and Administrator Team
Our Social Worker team has a combined knowledge of hundreds of years, ensuring all our Carers are supported by the best people in their area. Our Team are always on hand to ensure our Carers get the very best training, support, advice and sometimes just a cuppa and a chat!

Our Head Office (in Kent) houses a number of additional services and functions for the Group, including our:
Referrals Team
Our dedicated referrals team carefully match our looked after children with our Foster Carers – taking into account the children’s culture, behaviours and experiences as well as the skills and experience of their potential Fosters Carers.

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