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Meet The Directors


Byron Smith

Byron has worked in children’s social care and youth work since 2005, including working in the youth justice system, statutory social work, residential care and supported living. As one of the founding Directors of Restorative SCS, Byron has worked for the organisation since its inception in 2017.

Byron’s qualifications include an MA in Social Work, Level 5 in Leadership and Management, Level 3 in Working with Children and Young People, as well as a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science. He is also a Team Teach Trainer.

We’re proud of the innovative model of care we’ve developed and services we provide to children and young people in care, or who need support. Being independently owned, we’re able to be dynamic and responsive with the individualised support that’s so vital during a young person’s journey.”


Chris Kershaw

Chris has worked in social care since 2005 and has a substantial amount of experience supporting children and young people in care, and those transitioning to independence, to achieve and move forward in life. Now, in his management role within residential care, Chris supports staff and teams to do the same.

He is committed to better outcomes for children and young people, and the best practice this takes, including developing Restorative the organisation. He has achieved Ofsted outstanding ratings in a number of residential children and young people’s homes in the Northwest and Yorkshire regions.

Chris holds a Level 5 in Management, Level 4 in Health and Social Care and Level 3 in Health and Social Care. He is also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

“Our approach celebrates progress, individuality and choice. Through stability, permanency and consistency of caregivers, our senior management team have a proven track record of helping young people get where they want to be in life.”


Dave Copping

Dave has worked in residential care for many years in a variety of settings, including specialised therapeutic provisions. He has been a registered manager at several settings, achieving outstanding in Ofsted inspections.

He has also worked as an investigative officer, investigating CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) for the West Yorkshire Police and brings a wealth of knowledge in this area. He is active in developing the Restorative team and passionate about high-quality care and support for young people.

Dave holds a Level 5 in Leadership and Management and a Level 3 in Health and Social Care. He is also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

“We believe in uncompromising excellence of care and support, which includes partnering with local agencies to plug gaps and ensure support is exactly what a young person needs. And recruiting, rewarding and developing a committed team who want to make a difference.”