Markel Care Practitioners
Senior Care Practitioner
Andrew Taylor has over 30 years experience in Residential Child Care beginning his career in 1983 with Action for Children and subsequently as a Registered Manager since 1991. He supported the development of the policy, procedures and guidance in-line with National Minimum Standards to assist them to provide an outstanding provision. Andrew completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management in 2002 and Diploma in Social Work in 2005, working as Head of Residential Services post at Kirklees Metropolitan Council and 6 years as ‘Divisional Manager, Looked after Children, Residential Services’. Here he had the strategic responsibility for internal and residential provisions. Andrew had particular responsibility for Quality Assurance ensuring young people placed internally and externally were receiving the service they deserved and that the Local Authority obtained value for money for all aspects of commissioned services. In 2013, Andrew moved to a large Child Care and Education organisation as of Head of Care. As the operations Manager he was involved in all aspects of frontline service delivery as well as back office support and administration. Andrew retired from ‘coal face’ services in 2018.
Andy has an excellent understanding of National Legislation, Children Act, leaving Care Act, The Children’s Homes Regulations and Quality Standards 2015 as well as initiatives like ‘Working Together’ to maintain the highest standards of protection of vulnerable children. As a Care Practitioner he has work specifically to undertake investigation work, safeguarding reviews and in respect to risk management surveys.