About Bruce Thornton

Bruce Thornton is an experienced social worker, social services manager and lecturer in social care. Since 1991, Bruce Thornton has worked as an independent consultant, expert advisor and trainer. He was the co-author of the highly successful Community Care publication, “Guide to the Children Act 1989.”

An authority in the area of practice development, providing specialist training and development in the areas of Assessment, Outcome Based Planning, Analysis and Decision Making, Thresholds and Risk Assessment for Children’s Social Care.

In response to the needs of Children Services to manage thresholds and evidence based decision making, Bruce Thornton has developed a framework to manage the “risk of significant harm”. The Risk Model© is a two stage assessment model, supported by a series of specialist assessment tools to support practice.

Implemented in a number of Authorities in North West England and North Wales this development has been awarded in Care Council for Wales’
Social Care Accolades 2011.