I'm Nick Pendry. I'm a brown man of Indian ethnicity and have lived for almost my entire adult life in South London. I'm a social worker and a family and systemic psychotherapist. I draw on both disciplines in all the work that I do, and have worked in various roles in both local authority Children's Services and in community Tier 3 and national Tier 4 CAMHS services. I teach and write about social work, family therapy, race and racism. I am most passionate about practice: working with children, young people and their families and carers to support change, transform lives and deliver the very best outcomes for children. I think this is best achieved through getting alongside families, building human connections, showing compassion, appreciation and respect, and utilising theoretical frameworks that we know are effective. I believe that we can only do this effectively in our communities if we do this together as a children's service and with partners. A coherent and unified approach to delivering the very best for each other and the families we work with. I am the Deputy Director of Early Help and Children's Social Care in the London Borough of Wandsworth, and am full of energy and enthusiasm to work alongside you all to be the best that we can be.