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Heidi Crampton, Cafcass   

Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services



“Whilst working as a service manager in Cafcass’ Early Intervention Team (EIT), Heidi worked with six local authorities in Birmingham  and the Black Country. She joined the team with a view to improving safeguarding practices, team confidence and partnership working. Within just six months, she had transformed her team’s OFSTED rating from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’, exceeding all national KPIs.


Keen to improve outcomes for service users, Heidi identified a lack of understanding  about Cafcass’ role was leading to a significant delay for children. She produced an impact study for the local safeguarding children boards and developed a training programme for local authority staff, resulting in a reduction in court delays.


Heidi also acts as Equality and Diversity Ambassador and has facilitated workshops on a variety of topics including gang culture and honour based violence, resulting in 100% of attendees saying they will use the learnings in their practice.  


In addition to her considerable achievements, Heidi’s personal qualities and strengths of courage, leadership, commitment and passion shone through in her entry. Her dedication to her team has been persistent year creative, resulting in excellent staff morale and engagement.”


What was said about Heidi


“Heidi has it all: a superb organising ability, empathy galore, a deeply-felt passion for supporting children and their families and support for social workers carrying out tough and complex work, whilst pushing them to ever-higher levels of  performance.” Anthony Douglas and Ana Popovici, CEO and Assistant Director, Cafcass


“Reading Heidi’s application gave me great pleasure and I found myself smiling throughout - this is someone that I would love to work with. She is clearly valued and respected by her colleagues and other agencies and inspires the best in people.” Michelle Newman, Team Leader of the Year – Children’s Services 2013


“Heidi has genuinely been the best manger I’ve had. Her energy, passion, knowledge and support has been fantastic not just for me, but for the whole team.” Collette Byrne, Family Court Advisor, Cafcass


“Heidi is approachable, accessible and has very much of a 'can do' approach. She is continually looking for ways in which she can improve the service provided to families and children, whether that be sharing good practice or identifying new and innovative ways of working.” Helen Perkins, Family Justices Clerk, Midlands Region



  • Dave Hill, Essex County Council
  • Paul Ringer, Spurgeons
  • Michelle Newman, Team Leader of the Year, Children’s Services 2013
  • Parmjit Chahal, Harrow Council


  • Heidi Crampton, Cafcass – GOLD WINNER
  • David Green, Wokingham Borough Council – SILVER WINNER