Dan Allen

Social Worker and Advocate


Working in partnership with the University of Salford, TRAIN provides Continuing Professional Development to  social workers, residential support workers, foster carers, Independent Reviewing Officers, Guardians, Children’s Rights Officers. 

 TRAINING Projects

In addition to supporting children and families, TRAIN has enabled Care Proceedings to implement more balanced perspectives, as one social worker wrote on 8th June 2016:

“I currently complete court expert reports and I found TRAIN very informative. I also shared the research with the presiding Judge and the Irish Traveller community as I felt it was necessary to take hold of this explicit knowledge that can sometimes be hidden from social work practice”.


TRAIN aims to change social work policy and practice through adult, child and community involvement. It aims to help families make sense of social work involvement and enable active and empowered participation for all involved.  


Traveller and Romani Advice and Information Network 

TRAIN supports  all Traveller and Romani families, who are experiencing social work involvement.

We provide free telephone advice and support to parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system, and with members of the wider family or community who are raising children unable to remain at home.

We work on  capacity building to help Traveller and Romani families to help themselves.

meet the team 

Martin Naughton

Social Worker

and Advocate



Changing social work through community involvement


Our Mission

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