About Lika

About Lika

Lika Family Fostering first opened its doors in Croydon, South London, in 2015. It was founded by two experienced social workers, Kate-Marie Travis and Linda Hill, with two firm ideals in mind:

Every child in foster care deserves an outstanding foster carer

Every foster carer deserves an outstanding supervising social worker.

To achieve this, from the very beginning, Lika foster carers have received extensive (and tailored) training, particularly in the proven and evidence-based techniques and principles of Systemic Family Therapy. Support from social workers, therapists and other foster carers has been available to foster carers 24/7.

Today the commitment to training, support and therapeutic principles remains as strong as ever, but Lika has grown to work with carers, young people and professionals all across the Greater London area.

What Ofsted says

[Lika’s] leaders and managers are highly ambitious about what children can achieve, regardless of their past experiences… [They] provide highly valued support to children and foster carers. They are solution-driven and communicate effectively with professionals and strongly advocate for the needs of the children.”

OFSTED REPORT 2019

Meet the Team

Find out more about the Lika Family Fostering team

linda hill

Linda Hill

Director & Strategic Lead

kate-marie travis

Kate-Marie Travis

Director & Registered Manager

jamie mccreghan

Jamie McCreghan

Recruitment Manager

Linda Hill

Director & Strategic Lead

Meet Linda, one of Lika’s Directors, our Strategic Lead and our resident storyteller. Linda has a degree in Criminology and an MA in Social Work and is a Systemic Social Work Practitioner. Like Kate-Marie, Linda has been absorbed in creating change for families. Linda’s heart was built for fostering and, as she likes to say, “it’s all in the match: Get the right carer and child together and the magic just happens”. We think she’s pretty magical, too. She’s another reason Lika is going from strength to strength. “I love the calibre of carers we have recruited and following their journey as they grow and develop with every challenge. They are changing lives and it’s amazing to watch.” Linda is passionate about finding creative ways to teach young people and foster carers about the impacts of trauma and, most importantly, how to understand it and work through it. Linda has extensive experience teaching systemic family therapy ideas to social workers and teams across the UK.

Kate-Marie Travis

Director & Registered Manager

Meet Kate-Marie, one of Lika’s Directors and our Registered Manager (also known as The Northern Powerhouse). Kate-Marie is a qualified Systemic Social Work Practitioner with 12 years’ experience and fostering is her passion. Kate-Marie has experience working in Local Authorities across the UK, in consultancy and in teaching roles, and in helping social workers embed Systemic Family Therapy ideas in practice. “Fostering is when some of the most vulnerable children need us most,” Kate says. Her balance of passion and experience means that Lika is always in capable hands. “To me, Lika is a place where young people come first,” she says. “We are all so passionate about the same thing. We share a language of care and commitment that I haven’t experienced anywhere before.” Kate-Marie’s enthusiasm to support the agency to help children heal from trauma is infectious.

Jamie McCreghan

Recruitment Manager

Meet Jamie, Lika’s Recruitment Manager and our “Thunder from Down Under”. Jamie trained as a Social Worker in Australia; however, he became a qualified Systemic Social Work Practitioner in the UK. Jamie’s experience is with looked-after young people in both government and private settings. Jamie has extensive experience in consulting and teaching social care practitioners around the UK about putting Systemic Family Therapy ideas into practice. As Recruitment Manager, Jamie oversees the recruitment and support of both new and transferring foster carers to Lika. “Every day in fostering means new learning, new challenges and connecting with a fostering community that wants to share your experiences,” Jamie said. “Finding foster carers who want to be part of this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever been a part of.” Jamie has been part of Lika since our very first foster carers joined the agency, so he has a good sense of what it takes to be an outstanding foster carer.

sasha dickson

Sasha Dickson

Supervising Social Worker

susanna carr

Susana Carr

Supervising Social Worker

esme ford

Esme Ford

Matching / Supervising Social Worker

Sasha Dickson

Supervising Social Worker

Meet Sasha, one of Lika’s Supervising Social Workers, a therapeutic fostering enthusiast and our resident songstress. Sasha has extensive experience in social work with children and families and specialises in both supporting children who have experienced trauma and helping carers find strategies to support those young people. What does she say about working for Lika and about her role? “Everything about Lika’s ethos and values just resonates with mine,” she said. “I love meeting our carers and hearing their journeys — about what got them into fostering — but I also love being able to work with them, try out new strategies, and hear what works for them.” Sasha is a key support for both the agency’s foster carers and the young people they look after. If you need support, you know Sasha is only a phone call away.

Susanna Carr

Supervising Social Worker

Susana is one of Lika’s shiniest stars. Susana is an experienced Systemic Social Work Practitioner with experience in both adult and children’s social care. Susana is a creative soul and a lateral thinker — which is perfect for those moments when you need that extra little bit of support. Susana’s enthusiasm and energy fill the room — as does her cracking smile! Susana has a passion for championing people. As she says, “as a social worker you often cross paths with people at a time when their lives can be in turmoil or crisis, and I am always so amazed at children’s and young people’s resilience”. As Supervising Social Worker, Susana knows her foster carers and their young people extremely well.

Esme Ford

Matching / Supervising Social Worker

Meet Esme, our matching social worker extraordinaire! Esme’s excellent assessment skills, sharp wit, and ability to make others feel at ease mean she is superb at helping foster carers navigate the early stages of a fostering match. Esme’s skills lie in her ability to spot characteristics of foster children and foster carers, so she can make the best and long-lasting matches. Esme has an extensive history of working in educational settings and supporting young people with complex learning needs, meaning she has the education and development of our young people at the forefront. .

sabina shanji

Sabina Shanji

Business Administration

steve goodman

Steve Goodman

Agency
Decision Maker

peter howes

Peter Howes

Panel Advisor
& Supervisor for Directors

Sabina Shanji

Business Administration

Meet Sabina, the queen of organisation. Sabina is Lika’s support behind the scenes and the one who keeps everything ticking along so smoothly. Sabina is our office manager, minute taker, administrator and all-round technology guru. As she says, “putting new systems in place can bring really positive changes in life but you’d have to shake off old habits”. This is why she is so crucial to Lika’s operations — she can crack any challenges that she’s faced with.

Steven Goodman

Agency Decision Maker

Meet Steve, our Agency Decision Maker (ADM). He’s got the final say on all foster carers being approved at Panel. A northerner and a history buff, Steve brings a wealth of experience with him in this role. He has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, an MA in Social Work and an MA in Business Administration. His social care experience ranges from working in frontline social work to directorial roles. He also co-founded the Reclaiming Social Work model alongside Isabelle Trowler (the UK’s Chief Social Worker). How impressive is that?

Peter Howes

Panel Advisor & Supervisor for Directors

Meet Peter, Lika’s Panel Advisor and Supervisor to the Directors. You may be surprised to learn that Peter originally wanted to be a vet, but an allergy to animal fur scuppered that ambition! Peter has more than 35 years’ experience within social care settings, which is why we love him. With a brain full of fostering knowledge, he has been able to work as an independent childcare consultant for the last 15 years, specialising in adoption and fostering. “I like working for Lika because they are focused on providing good outcomes for children,” Peter says.

nma nzekwu

Nma Nzekwu

Foster Carer Ambassador

tony charles

Tony Charles

Systemic
Psychotherapist Consultant

claudia livesey

Claudia Livesy

Assessing Social Worker

Nma Nzekwu

Foster Carer Ambassador

Meet Nma, Lika’s first Foster Carer Ambassador and the creator of delicious food. Nma has been a Lika foster carer for a couple of years with LiKa and is passionate about looking after young people and supporting the foster carers in their lives.

Nma’s role acts as a bridge between foster carers and agency management, to ensure carers always feel their voices are being heard. It means Lika’s carers will always have a voice and role in influencing Lika’s service delivery and the kinds of support we offer. Carers can speak to Nma, who’ll feed their concerns and ideas back up to the agency management team and help bring about positive change.

“For me, it is about empowering foster carers to be able to speak up for themselves, to be able to speak to the directors and trust that they’ll be heard, that they’ll be listened to, that things will be made clearer where they are unclear.”

Tony Charles

Systemic Psychotherapist Consultant

Meet Tony, one of Lika’s Family and Systemic Psychotherapists — and otherwise known as The South London Soother. Tony is the guru of self-care and a creative guy with a strong voice that’s full of empathy and compassion. Tony has been connected to Lika since our earliest days, taking the lead in discussions with carers in their group and supervision sessions, attending our Panel and doing direct work with young people. Tony has a passion for working with families and for getting an understanding of what makes us all unique. As he puts it “the rituals, experiences and stories we have about ourselves are just so fascinating”. Tony has extensive experience working with complex young people and families who have experienced trauma. We love that Tony is part of our team!.

Claudia Livesy

Assessing Social Worker

Meet Claudia, one of Lika’s dual-qualified Social Workers and Systemic Family Psychotherapists. She’s also our health guru! Claudia has experience working as both a social worker and therapist with families and young people within Local Authorities, CAMHS and youth offending. In the words of an applicant, she recently assessed: “Claudia’s approach made me feel safe to talk about things that I’d not thought about for years. We really looked forward to her visits.” Claudia is one of Lika’s Assessing Social Workers, so she undertakes assessments of new foster carers as well as works to support our existing family of foster carers.

Peter Niemogha - Support Worker

Peter Niemogha

Support Worker

join our team

Join our team

We’re always looking for great people to join our team.

Peter Niemogha

Support Worker

Peter is one of Lika’s children’s support workers. Peter is an experienced youth worker and a proud father of two. Peter has extensive experience working with young people in foster care and others who have experienced trauma or come from challenging backgrounds across London. What advice does he have that foster carers might be able to apply to their fostering relationships? “Sometimes I think it’s all about finding that common ground and just trying to engage them with activities, and have conversations with them, at their own level,” he said. “It’s important to set boundaries and be very consistent in your approach and in what you’re saying.”

“For me, it is about empowering foster carers to be able to speak up for themselves, to be able to speak to the directors and trust that they’ll be heard, that they’ll be listened to, that things will be made clearer where they are unclear.”

Join Our Team

To find our more about gthe roles we have available please visit our Jobs and Careers page.

Linda Hill

Linda Hill

Director & Strategic Lead

Linda Hill

Director & Strategic Lead

Meet Linda, one of Lika’s Directors, our Strategic Lead and our resident storyteller. Linda has a degree in Criminology and an MA in Social Work and is a Systemic Social Work Practitioner. Like Kate-Marie, Linda has been absorbed in creating change for families. Linda’s heart was built for fostering and, as she likes to say, “it’s all in the match: Get the right carer and child together and the magic just happens”. We think she’s pretty magical, too. She’s another reason Lika is going from strength to strength. “I love the calibre of carers we have recruited and following their journey as they grow and develop with every challenge. They are changing lives and it’s amazing to watch.” Linda is passionate about finding creative ways to teach young people and foster carers about the impacts of trauma and, most importantly, how to understand it and work through it. Linda has extensive experience teaching systemic family therapy ideas to social workers and teams across the UK.

kate marie travis

Kate-Marie Travis

Director & Registered Manager

Kate-Marie Travis

Director & Registered Manager

Meet Kate-Marie, one of Lika’s Directors and our Registered Manager (also known as The Northern Powerhouse). Kate-Marie is a qualified Systemic Social Work Practitioner with 12 years’ experience and fostering is her passion. Kate-Marie has experience working in Local Authorities across the UK, in consultancy and in teaching roles, and in helping social workers embed Systemic Family Therapy ideas in practice. “Fostering is when some of the most vulnerable children need us most,” Kate says. Her balance of passion and experience means that Lika is always in capable hands. “To me, Lika is a place where young people come first,” she says. “We are all so passionate about the same thing. We share a language of care and commitment that I haven’t experienced anywhere before.” Kate-Marie’s enthusiasm to support the agency to help children heal from trauma is infectious.

jamie mccreghan

Jamie McCreghan

Recruitment Manager

Jamie McCreghan

Recruitment Manager

Meet Jamie, Lika’s Recruitment Manager and our “Thunder from Down Under”. Jamie trained as a Social Worker in Australia; however, he became a qualified Systemic Social Work Practitioner in the UK. Jamie’s experience is with looked-after young people in both government and private settings. Jamie has extensive experience in consulting and teaching social care practitioners around the UK about putting Systemic Family Therapy ideas into practice. As Recruitment Manager, Jamie oversees the recruitment and support of both new and transferring foster carers to Lika. “Every day in fostering means new learning, new challenges and connecting with a fostering community that wants to share your experiences,” Jamie said. “Finding foster carers who want to be part of this is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever been a part of.” Jamie has been part of Lika since our very first foster carers joined the agency, so he has a good sense of what it takes to be an outstanding foster carer.

sasha dickson

Sasha Dickson

Supervising Social Worker

Sasha Dickson

Supervising Social Worker

Meet Sasha, one of Lika’s Supervising Social Workers, a therapeutic fostering enthusiast and our resident songstress. Sasha has extensive experience in social work with children and families and specialises in both supporting children who have experienced trauma and helping carers find strategies to support those young people. What does she say about working for Lika and about her role? “Everything about Lika’s ethos and values just resonates with mine,” she said. “I love meeting our carers and hearing their journeys — about what got them into fostering — but I also love being able to work with them, try out new strategies, and hear what works for them.” Sasha is a key support for both the agency’s foster carers and the young people they look after. If you need support, you know Sasha is only a phone call away.

susanna carr

Susana Carr

Supervising Social Worker

Susanna Carr

Supervising Social Worker

Susana is one of Lika’s shiniest stars. Susana is an experienced Systemic Social Work Practitioner with experience in both adult and children’s social care. Susana is a creative soul and a lateral thinker — which is perfect for those moments when you need that extra little bit of support. Susana’s enthusiasm and energy fill the room — as does her cracking smile! Susana has a passion for championing people. As she says, “as a social worker you often cross paths with people at a time when their lives can be in turmoil or crisis, and I am always so amazed at children’s and young people’s resilience”. As Supervising Social Worker, Susana knows her foster carers and their young people extremely well.

esme ford

Esme Ford

Matching / Supervising Social Worker

Esme Ford

Matching / Supervising Social Worker

Meet Esme, our matching social worker extraordinaire! Esme’s excellent assessment skills, sharp wit, and ability to make others feel at ease mean she is superb at helping foster carers navigate the early stages of a fostering match. Esme’s skills lie in her ability to spot characteristics of foster children and foster carers, so she can make the best and long-lasting matches. Esme has an extensive history of working in educational settings and supporting young people with complex learning needs, meaning she has the education and development of our young people at the forefront.

sabina shanji

Sabina Shanji

Business Administration

Sabina Shanji

Business Administration

Meet Sabina, the queen of organisation. Sabina is Lika’s support behind the scenes and the one who keeps everything ticking along so smoothly. Sabina is our office manager, minute taker, administrator and all-round technology guru. As she says, “putting new systems in place can bring really positive changes in life but you’d have to shake off old habits”. This is why she is so crucial to Lika’s operations — she can crack any challenges that she’s faced with.

steve goodman

Steve Goodman

Agency Decision Maker

Steven Goodman

Agency Decision Maker

Meet Steve, our Agency Decision Maker (ADM). He’s got the final say on all foster carers being approved at Panel. A northerner and a history buff, Steve brings a wealth of experience with him in this role. He has a BA (Hons) in Psychology, an MA in Social Work and an MA in Business Administration. His social care experience ranges from working in frontline social work to directorial roles. He also co-founded the Reclaiming Social Work model alongside Isabelle Trowler (the UK’s Chief Social Worker). How impressive is that?

peter howes

Peter Howes

Panel Advisor & Supervisor for Directors

Peter Howes

Panel Advisor & Supervisor for Directors

Meet Peter, Lika’s Panel Advisor and Supervisor to the Directors. You may be surprised to learn that Peter originally wanted to be a vet, but an allergy to animal fur scuppered that ambition! Peter has more than 35 years’ experience within social care settings, which is why we love him. With a brain full of fostering knowledge, he has been able to work as an independent childcare consultant for the last 15 years, specialising in adoption and fostering. “I like working for Lika because they are focused on providing good outcomes for children,” Peter says.

nma nzekwu

Nma Nzekwu

Foster Carer Ambassador

Nma Nzekwu

Foster Carer Ambassador

Meet Nma, Lika’s first Foster Carer Ambassador and the creator of delicious food. Nma has been a Lika foster carer for a couple of years with LiKa and is passionate about looking after young people and supporting the foster carers in their lives.

Nma’s role acts as a bridge between foster carers and agency management, to ensure carers always feel their voices are being heard. It means Lika’s carers will always have a voice and role in influencing Lika’s service delivery and the kinds of support we offer. Carers can speak to Nma, who’ll feed their concerns and ideas back up to the agency management team and help bring about positive change.

“For me, it is about empowering foster carers to be able to speak up for themselves, to be able to speak to the directors and trust that they’ll be heard, that they’ll be listened to, that things will be made clearer where they are unclear.”

tony charles

Tony Charles

Systemic Psychotherapist Consultant

Tony Charles

Systemic Psychotherapist Consultant

Meet Tony, one of Lika’s Family and Systemic Psychotherapists — and otherwise known as The South London Soother. Tony is the guru of self-care and a creative guy with a strong voice that’s full of empathy and compassion. Tony has been connected to Lika since our earliest days, taking the lead in discussions with carers in their group and supervision sessions, attending our Panel and doing direct work with young people. Tony has a passion for working with families and for getting an understanding of what makes us all unique. As he puts it “the rituals, experiences and stories we have about ourselves are just so fascinating”. Tony has extensive experience working with complex young people and families who have experienced trauma. We love that Tony is part of our team!

claudia livesey

Claudia Livesy

Assessing Social Worker

Claudia Livesy

Assessing Social Worker

Meet Claudia, one of Lika’s dual-qualified Social Workers and Systemic Family Psychotherapists. She’s also our health guru! Claudia has experience working as both a social worker and therapist with families and young people within Local Authorities, CAMHS and youth offending. In the words of an applicant, she recently assessed: “Claudia’s approach made me feel safe to talk about things that I’d not thought about for years. We really looked forward to her visits.” Claudia is one of Lika’s Assessing Social Workers, so she undertakes assessments of new foster carers as well as works to support our existing family of foster carers.

Peter Niemogha - Support Worker

Peter Niemogha

Support Worker

Peter Niemogha

Support Worker

Peter is one of Lika’s children’s support workers. Peter is an experienced youth worker and a proud father of two. Peter has extensive experience working with young people in foster care and others who have experienced trauma or come from challenging backgrounds across London. What advice does he have that foster carers might be able to apply to their fostering relationships? “Sometimes I think it’s all about finding that common ground and just trying to engage them with activities, and have conversations with them, at their own level,” he said. “It’s important to set boundaries and be very consistent in your approach and in what you’re saying.”

join our team

Join our team

We’re always looking for great people to join our team.

What our carers say

“I was looking for an agency that had holistic caring already but would also hold the local authority to account. From the very beginning, Lika was a completely different experience”

JOSIE, TRANSFERRED TO LIKA AFTER 18 YEARS

Next Steps

If you’re thinking about transferring foster care agencies and are ready to get in touch, choose an option below

Next Steps

If you’re thinking about transferring foster care agencies and are ready to get in touch, choose an option below