Profile – Pixley Clarke

    Name: Pixley Clarke.

    Job: Service inspector, Commission for Social
    Care Inspection.

    How long in the job? Since 1999.

    Best training ever done: When I was managing a
    family centre for children who had been sexually abused, we did
    some work with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. It had a profound
    impact on how I worked with families.

    Over the course of my career I wish I had:
    Focused more on gaining some form of management qualification.

    My worst interview experience: An interview
    where I had to do a presentation lasting five minutes.
    Unfortunately, there was little time to prepare and I made a right
    mess of the presentation, ran over time and did not get the

    I aspire to be: Successful at my work and am
    willing to try anything. I see myself working in a range of
    settings or jobs primarily related to children and young

    I didn’t get where I am today by: Being

    Me and my career: Being a social worker is a
    very hard job but also a very good one when people are really
    responding to what you are trying to do. The most rewarding thing
    for me is helping councils improve what they are doing. I really
    enjoy meeting with practitioners, understanding what makes them
    tick and what helps them to help others. I also like meeting up
    with people who are supporting others. I work primarily in the
    North East but am part of a national team, so you have to be
    mobile. One day I might be interviewing the chief executive of a
    council to talk about their responsibilities with children’s
    services and child protection. Later on I might see a group of
    young people in care. I also visit specialist services such as Sure
    Start. Children’s inspections are the most demanding and
    comprehensive. You have to be able to make sense of what people are
    telling you and if it’s the truth.

    Curriculum Vitae

    2004-current: Service inspector, CSCI.
    1999-2004: Service inspector, Social Services
    1996-1999: Child protection co-ordinator,
    Middlesbrough Council.
    1994-1996: Service manager in children’s services,
    North Yorkshire Council.
    1985-1994: social worker and family centre
    manager, East Sussex Council.
    1983-1985: Social worker, Trafford Council.


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