"Nicki's work in training, researching, theorising, and facilitating child
protection work is grounded and accessible, her work consistently excites
and energises the frontline practitioners she works with."
"This model called the 'Three Houses Information gathering tool' fills a
critical gap in child protection casework, given that considerable
research reports that children in care consistently say that they were not
involved in the decision making and planning regarding their lives.The
Three Houses tool has practise wisdom stamped all over it - I regularly
present the model in international trainings I conduct and without
exception practitioners are excited by the elegance, simplicity and
applicability of the approach."
"Nicki and Cherie presented both the learning laboratory's collaborative
inquiry methodology and the Three Houses tool at a Signs of Safety
Gathering in England in August 2005, which was rated by participants as
one of the best presentations at the gathering."
"Over the past ten years there has been considerable talk in the social
work field about drawing upon practice wisdom and theorising from and with
practitioners, Nicki is someone who is actually doing this."
-Andrew Turnell, Independent Child Protection Consultant, Australia
"As a supervisor Nicki is able to provide effective supervision because of
her experience as a social worker, her ability to critically analyse any
situation, her intuitive knowledge and interpersonal skills, and her
ability to facilitate the acquisition of all these aspects. She has helped
me gain clarity over practice situations that can be overwhelming and
confusing, offered me ideas, helped me learn appropriate actions in
difficult situations, and helped me develop confidence in my practice. I
have always felt that Nicki is someone to trust and find her very
"Nicki uses both humour and humility in her training delivery. Whilst her
view that learning ought to be enjoyable is evident, as is her sheer
passion for social work, she has an ability to build drama in the training
room and evoke emotion amongst her participants - the climax of the drama
is the vulnerability of the frontline client and the importance of
knowledge and best practice to ensure their needs are met."
- Trainer colleague
"We invite you to contribute to our practice papers in the fourth year not
only for your expertise in child protection, but because you are an
acknowledged leader in the promotion and development of a strengths
approach to practise. Your skills in conveying the depth of your knowledge
were clearly recognised by the class, and I received much positive
feedback about the modules in which you were placed. Students, as part of
their summative assessment for the skills paper, have to describe the
development of their own practice framework, and several cited your
teaching as having been an important milestone that assisted them with
- Senior Lecturer Massey University
"I have worked with Cherie Appleton on a number of occasions in the planning delivery and management of large scale national management conferences. My experience is of someone who brings a dedicated professionalism, attention to detail, care and consideration to everything she does. This is underpinned by an understanding and commitment to the values and practice of social care, with particular reference to the needs of vulnerable service users, and the needs of staff who provide critical services for those users. As an overseas speaker at a distance of 15000 miles reliant on a person to co-ordinate a complex and large event, I could not think of a better person to work with in preparing and supporting the delivery of a large scale development event."
- Tony Morrison Independent Child Welfare Trainer and Consultant Manchester UK