About Us

Our Coronavirus contingency continues to adhere to the Government's 2 metre social distancing at all times, with the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This ensures the protection of our customers, staff and members of the public.

Founder & Company Director - Karen Scott

Karen Scott is the Founder and Company Director of Promoting Independence South West Ltd., and has extensive knowledge and experience working with Adults within Social Services, Primary Mental Health Trusts and charity sectors. As a Qualified Social Worker since 2010, Karen has a passion for people's rights; particularly those with Learning Disabilities, Mental Health and Physical Disabilities.

After completing her Newly Qualified Award in Social Work, a Post Qualification in Mental Health and completing Level 3 in Management and Leadership Karen pursued her career within Cornwall County Council and Bath & North East Somerset Council as an Adult's Safeguarding Chair. This role evidenced the importance of good quality care and the roles and responsibilities of all professionals working with our most vulnerable people in society.

Karen has lived in East Devon since 2016 and has worked as a Team Manager within adult teams; from Community/hospital services to Countywide projects within Devon County Council. Promoting independence, safety, choice and rights for adults has been the main principle of her practice and management of services. Karen states that 'our practice is embedded by strength based and person-centred approaches to support and mentor our clients towards increased independence'.

Mentor Lead - Clare Latchem

Clare Latchem has lived and worked within various children and adult care sectors for over 20 years, within Residential, Schools, NHS, and Nursing Care Homes. These clients groups have ranged from Older People with complex care needs, adults with Learning Disabilities/Difficulties, Autism and Mental Health.
Charitable sectors has also been Clare's passion, particularly working with minority members of the public who have experienced discrimination and isolation. Clare has experience with working and supporting these individuals, who as a result have experienced mental health issues, social isolation and exclusion from society.

Clare has lived in Devon for majority of her life and within the last 4 years has dedicated her spare time with advocating for members of the public, as well as working with adults with learning/physical disabilities, Autism and Mental Health.

As a Mentor Lead Clare has expressed that she 'wants to promote the autonomy of our clients; to meet their full potential'.