About Us

At QPC we strive to deliver a consistent and transparent service.

Sadly, in many cases the fragmentation that young people in care have experienced is mirrored by inconsistencies within the care system. We believe that every young person in care deserves to be offered the opportunity to make sense of their situation. That means being honest and open with young people: empowering their Voice.

We endeavour to put our young people’s voices at the centre of services and adopt a whole-system approach that looks at the multiple levels of causality that have led to the child being placed in care.


At QPC our senior managers are not just managers, but leaders, meaning they set a high standard for the care we offer the young people who use our services.

Anthony Nolan (He/Him) – Responsible Individual, Safeguarding Lead and Director

Tony Nolan – Director

Tony qualified as a social worker in the 1980s before going on to complete his Masters in Social Work Studies and a degree in Family Law from Keele. He has many years of experience in both fields of social work (in-take and long term teams) and residential childcare.

Tony has a history as a campaigning social worker through the campaign against Clause 28, supporting the development of the Albert Kennedy Trust, establishing the first NAYPIC group in Lancashire and the first editions of the Who Cares magazine for children in care. Tony, frustrated with elements of the system that stopped practitioners being able to quickly and creatively meet the needs of young people in crisis or at the edge of the care system moved from the local authority and set up Quality Protects Children with his brother in 2000. Tony is passionate about the company, and strives through the energy of its staff team, to be the best parents we can be to the young people we care for.

Dr Guilia Pagnotta (She/Her) – Clinical Psychologist

Gary Shillcock (He/Him) – Service Manager

Gary has worked with children and young people for over 18 years. He has experience of establishing, managing and developing projects aimed at supporting vulnerable children and young people. Prior to undertaking the Service Manager role, he was a registered manager of one of our homes. He now supports all home managers in the delivery of our service. He has a Diploma in Youth and Community Studies, with a Level 5 in Leadership and management within Health and Social Care. He is the QPC designated safeguarding lead and trained in suicide intervention; mental health first aid and other relevant areas.