I have held a number of social work frontline and management roles including head of Adult Safeguarding, Assistant Director of a charity for disabled young adults and principal manager (mental health), for a national charity and then for a local authority. I have also taught postgraduate leadership across health and social care as well as more broadly. I am currently authoring on a postgraduate change management leadership module K805.
A little known part of the Children Act, Independent Visitor services is an area I have volunteered then worked in for many years. I used to co-ordinate a service as part of a local authority team and have a longstanding relationship with two young people for whom I was an IV. Here is a social work/volunteer management focused piece that I wrote for a youth sector publication.
https://www.magonlinelibrary.com/doi/abs/10.12968/cypn.2019.7.22 for abstract and link below (full piece).
Pestano, C. (2020) “The role of the Independent Visitor”, Community Care Inform, (2500 words) Online (paywall)
Pestano, C. (2019) “Independent Visitors:
Volunteers Help Children In Care” Children and Young People Now, London: MA Education
Pestano, C. and Whatley, E. (2017) An Independent Visitor for foster children Foster Talk Magazine (Winter 2017 pp 6-7)
I can be contacted at Catherine.pestano [at] open.ac.uk