Philip has over 25 years practice, management, policy and strategic planning experience gained while working in central and local government. Whilst Head of Service for a local authority children service department Philip managed a number of separated (unaccompanied) children social work teams, leaving care teams and specialist multi-agency counter child trafficking and missing children victim identification and recovery teams.
In 2010 Philip was appointed by the Minister of State for Immigration as a safeguarding advisor to the Home Office and member of the Independent Family Returns Panel, a post Philip continues to hold.
Philip currently acts as an advisor on the development of China’s Social Care and Child Protective system and the development of a professional system of Social Work across China.
Philip remains a longstanding member of the Association of Directors of Children Services Asylum Task Force and was for 2 years deputy chair of the Serious Organised Crime Agency SOCA /UK Human Trafficking Centre Victim Care Group and member of the Child Protect Group with specific responsibility for children's interests and welfare.
Philip maintains a strong interest in safeguarding all children in need and works closely with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations across the European Economic Area EEA and Baltic Sea States and globally tasked with reviewing and harmonising best practice to improve child protective systems.