Meet the Team
Head of Services

Sarah-Jane Trubody

Hello, I am Sarah-Jane Trubody the new Head of Children and Families for the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

I moved to the Islands in October last year but have been visiting regularly for over 20 years.  I was born in South East Cornwall and have lived in Cornwall all my life.  My previous role was in Plymouth where I was Children’s Services Manager for Barnardo’s and I have worked in various roles managing Services for Children within Local Authorities and within the Charity and Community Sectors.

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to live and work on the Islands and feel fortunate to work with a team of staff who are very highly skilled, passionate about their work and devoted to supporting the families and children of our community to reach their full potential.

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SEND Commissioning & Inclusion

Helen McGuinness

I started working for Children’s Services on the Isles of Scilly as an administrator in 2002 - when we were at the very outset of the ‘Sure Start’ journey developing Children’s Centres and Youth Opportunities.   Since then, my role evolved to include front line Youth Work, embedding Childcare Sufficiency and inclusive access to services for families across the Islands.  I have been privileged over the years (past and current) to work with a wide variety of colleagues, partners and providers from many sectors who have supported our work to ensure the best start in life for all children and young people on the Isles of Scilly. 

Over the last few years my focus has been more targeted to SEND – (SEN and Disabilities aged from 0 – 25 years), working with children, young people and their parents / carers to ensure the most effective support and provision is in place to meet needs and successful outcomes as a child progresses through childhood into adulthood.  This includes commissioning services from Health, Education and Social Care Services, Short Breaks provision and Early Help support.

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SEND Caseworker

Ruth Featherstone

My name is Ruth, and I am a SEND Caseworker for the Local Authority’s SEND Inclusion Team.  My main goal is to help children and young people with special educational needs achieve their dreams and aspirations.  

You will come across me if a child or young person has an education health and care plan (EHCP) or if a statutory request comes in for an EHCP.  I work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parent/carers from 0 to 25.  My main role is to facilitate the EHCP. From initial assessments, writing and updating EHCPS, attending reviews and working with colleagues to get the right provision for children and young people.

A nice fact to know about me is that I do enjoy gardening focussing on flowers and spend most of my free time in my country cottage type garden.

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Family Information & Access Assistant

Julie Love

I am the Family Information and Access Assistant; my main role is to look after the Isles of Scilly Local Offer.

I help ensure that children, young people with SEND and their families have information about services available and how to access them, help set up opportunities for people to be involved and give feedback.  I also work with colleagues and services to ensure that the Isles of Scilly Local Offer is reviewed and kept up to date.   I look after the Family Scilly website, which has information for all families living in Scilly.

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