Pause Greenwich

A quarter of all care proceedings in Greenwich involve the removal of children from mothers who have already had at least one child removed from their care.

Royal Greenwich is ranked as the 14th most deprived borough in London (IMD 2015).

As of 31st March 2017:

  • 3459 referrals to children’s social care in the previous financial year
  • 495 Looked after children
  • 294 Children subject to a child protection plan

“Our involvement in the Pause project provides an opportunity for shared learning and a step change in how we address this long standing ‘breaking the cycle challenge’.”  – Gillian Palmer, Director Children’s Services


Pause Greenwich has been a part of Children’s Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich since October 2015. The team is headed by Practice Lead Julie Brooks and comprises of a team coordinator and 5 practitioners, 2 of whom are funded by the DfE Care Leavers pilot. The team have a wide range of professional experience and skills including child protection social work, probation, substance misuse, mental health, counselling, domestic violence and abuse, special educational needs and learning disabilities, Family Group Conferences, youth and community work and direct therapeutic and family work.

 “Pause was useful when I was feeling down and helped me to see what I wanted to do with my life and I am now looking at colleges. The Pause staff team are very caring and understanding, crazy but caring…I would defo advise someone to Pause as I felt listened to and supported when I needed it.”  

Contact Pause Greenwich
020 8921 2948