Daphne McKenna obituary

My wife, Daphne McKenna, who has died aged 65 in an accident, had a passionate, lifelong commitment to social work, child protection and mental health.

She started out as a psychiatric nursing assistant at Cane Hill hospital, Surrey, in 1977, before moving to Lewisham social services in south London as a trainee social worker in 1979. Subsequent roles included team manager, child protection conference chair, independent reviewing officer and development lead for the Integrated Children’s System. During this time, Daphne also held associate positions at Goldsmiths, University of London and the University of Greenwich, and the Social Care Institute for Excellence, where she co-authored the national guidance on parental mental health and child welfare.

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