Why Choose Athena Social Work Services?

Athena Social Work Services provides all social work and related services to the statutory, private, and not-for-profit sectors.

Athena Social Work Services is able to carry out:

  • Assessment and reviews across both children and adult client groups.
  • One-off independent assessments, project work, and ongoing work-flow support.

Athena Social Work Services’ internal audit system guarantees quality assessments and reviews that are compliant with current legal and good practice guidance. Athena Social Work Service can also provide one-off or ongoing case audit and safeguard audits for clients.


Athena Social Work Services has a strong ethical base with social responsibility and environmental sustainability at the heart of what we do. Athena Social Work Service funds a number of charities and provides its time and expertise for free to the not for profit sector. In addition, it has been accredited by Carbon Footprint as a carbon neutral company since inception and in 2019/20 offset 2kg of carbon for every 1kg emitted through its business activity.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Athena again. You have been so thorough, completing an assessment of circumstances that was holistic and covered every angle of daily living. Staff were respectful and empathetic at all times, even on the occasions that difficult conversations were to be had, these were done with the utmost courtesy and in a way that the individuals concerned could truly comprehend the situation."

"You showed patience and understanding and gave us the confidence to proceed with challenging the local authority.The report was exceptionally detailed and thorough and, in our view, perfectly summed up what we felt about James’s situation"

"The service offered is professional and supportive and easily accessible. The staff are very approachable and knowledgeable which gives their clients confidence and reassurance. I would have no hesitation in using Athena social work services Ltd again."

"It is an absolute pleasure working with you, you have been extremely efficient, reliable and have gone the extra mile for us (particularly in that hectic run up to Christmas). We really appreciate all the effort you make in keeping communication and your work at such a high standard"

Athena Social Work Services’ Directors

Gordon Hastie Athena Social Work Services

Gordon Hastie holds the BSc in Social Anthropology and Sociology. He also holds the Master of Arts in Business and Public Sector Strategy and the Master of Arts in Social Work. Gordon has worked in the social care profession for the last 30 years.

Gordon has worked at every level within the care sector on both the provider and assessment sides from support worker to hospital discharge service manager, Safeguarding Adult Board Manager and Principal Social Worker. Gordon specialises in safeguarding, quality assurance and risk management for Athena Social Work Services.

Simone Valledy holds the BSc in Social Work, Post Qualifying module in Assessing Risk and is a Best Interest Assessor. Simone has over 20 years’ experience in the care sector ten of those as a qualified social worker. Simone has managed social work teams in the statutory and private sector. She has also worked in both adults and children’s statutory social work settings. Simone is Athena Social Work Services’ lead on DOLS and Mental Capacity.

The Athena Social Work Services’ team also includes experienced senior practitioners, AHMPS, DOLS Assessors and both adult and children’s social workers as well as a team of administrators.  Our social workers receive regular support, supervision and training to ensure their skills are always up to date.  Our team of social work assistants and administrators provide data cleansing and administrative support to front line workers and the management team.