Walter qualified in social work in 1991 and worked as a children’s Social Worker until 1994, when he moved to the North East to set up a remand fostering scheme. After a short period as a fostering Team Manager, he was appointed Director of an Independent Fostering Agency.
In 2001 he co-founded Team Fostering, a social enterprise that provides specialist foster care for children and young people, where he continues to work as a part-time Director.
As a trainer and consultant he has also worked with clients from Health, Children’s Services, Adult Social Care and Probation as well as SMEs and Social Enterprises.
His work has included in-country support for NGOs and governments to establish foster care programmes in Colombia, Romania, Ethiopia, Iraq, Croatia and Uganda, as well as running workshops and helping to shape policy in the UK.