About CAE Ltd


About CAE Ltd

For over sixteen years, CAE has offered consultancy provided by Fergus Smith or a small and deliberately limited number of associate consultants.

We have completed dozens of complex and/or sensitive projects for children's social care agencies and local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs), predominantly in London and South/East England, the Midlands and the North West of England.

Projects have included:

  • Development of child protection/safeguarding procedures for London Berkshire, Southend, Essex & Thurrock, Hertfordshire, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
  • Audits on thresholds and quality of service provision in front line social care services, eg referral and assessment as well as back-up services, eg family support and fostering
  • Over seventy serious case reviews, including two awarded 'outstanding' evaluations by Ofsted
  • Re-analysing and reporting upon or chairing serious case reviews completed by other individuals/agencies
  • Independently-authored individual management reviews
  • Development and production of Children in Need and other procedure manuals
  • Interim management of services
  • Confidential investigations of alleged professional misconduct
  • Training/lecturing for undergraduates and practising professionals on a variety of subjects, eg Care Planning Regulations commissioned by the Department for Education

Current and future work includes:

  • Writing guides on fostering and adoption for publication by 'Coram BAAF Academy'
  • Investigation of a death in custody of an adolescent