I am a qualified proofreader and copy-editor offering a professional and friendly service.
I have been a freelance proofreader and copy-editor since 2017, following a career in education and social care.
I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). (Previously the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, SfEP). See my directory entry here.
My qualifications and training
- Copy-editing Progress (SfEP)
- Copy-editing Headway (SfEP)
- Basic Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre)
- PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education (UCLAN)
- Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management in Adult Social Care (Work-based)
- Certificate of Further Professional Study Teaching Adults with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (Cambridge University and Cambridgeshire County Council)
- BA (Hons) Geography (Durham University)
My experience in education and social care
My specialist subject areas are education and social care. I worked as a teacher, trainer and senior manager for over twenty years with young people and adults with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, and I bring this experience to my proofreading and copy-editing work. I have also developed and produced a wide range of accessible documents for supporting learning and self-advocacy, and written and delivered training packages to support knowledge and understanding of specialist education and social care.
Knowledge and experience:
- Teaching and training
- Specialist education for young people and adults with complex learning difficulties and disabilities, and communication problems
- Autism spectrum disorders and other specific disorders and syndromes
- Adult safeguarding
- Behaviour management
- Residential social care
- Self-assessment reports
- Promotional materials
My freelance journey
You can read more about my journey as a freelance editor in these blog posts:
- Enterprise Hub: Helping proofreader Caroline Barden to write a new future
- 54 St. James Street: Five minutes with… Caroline Barden Proofreader
- Writing on the Wall – Write to Work course: The Write To Work Course – A Review by Caroline Barden