Celia Atherton

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Celia Atherton is Director of Social Justice for the Dartington Hall Trust. She "qualified as a social worker in 1976 and has worked in local authorities as a practitioner and manager, and in the voluntary sector as social work advisor and then Director of Family Rights Group.

"Celia has co-ordinated the dissemination and implementation strategies and two DfES research programmes - Fostering Now: messages from research and Costs and Outcomes of Services for Children in Need, and is doing the same for DCSF for the Quality Matters research programme. In addition to being a member of the Nuffield Foundation’s Child Protection and Family Justice Committee, she is also a member of the Advisory Board for the English and Romanian Adoptees Study, the National Academy for Parenting Practitioners Scientific Advisory Group, the Editorial Advisory Board for the Children & Young People Now journal, the International Editorial Advisory Board of Evidence and Policy, and NFER’s Advisory Group.

"She was awarded an OBE for services to children and families in the 2007 New Year’s Honours." [1]

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  1. Devon Council Celia Atherton, organizational web page, accessed April 1, 2012.