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Acorn’s Experienced Management and Fostering Team

Everyone at Acorn Fostering Services is fully dedicated to supporting ‘looked after children’ and their foster carers.

Shadab Ahmad – Director

Director Shadab is a qualified social worker with over 20 years post qualifying experience. He has an MA in social work and has worked in Local Authorities and the NSPCC as a manager before setting up Acorn Fostering Services in 2003. His main area of interest is protecting vulnerable children and in providing them with new opportunities. He has experience of working with children in need, looked after children and child protection cases.

Anupam Srivastava – Director

Director Anupam is a qualified social worker with over 27 years of post-qualification experience in social work. He has an MA in social work and worked with both statutory and voluntary sector. Prior to setting up Acorn Fostering Services in 2003, he was a neighbourhood Coordinator with Leicester City Council’s Neighbourhood Renewal Programme. Anupam has a vast experience of working with children and families.

Kshama Srivastava – Director

Director Kshama has a background in Human Resources Management. Up until June 2014 she was  working as a Human Resources professional in the NHS. In 2014, Kshama decided to leave her employment with the NHS to play an active role in Acorn Fostering Services. In her capacity as a Director, Kshama has assumed lead responsibility for consultation with Staff, Foster carer and other stakeholders, Policy Review and development along with bringing a vast and valuable contribution in the form of her knowledge and skills and abilities in the field of  HR Management.

Lionel Boyce – Registered Manager

Lionel has 36 experience of working in the social care field, ranging from his early work with people with severe mental and physical disabilities, and working and managing in older person’s homes and working with children and families in a child care team. Over the last 21 years, Lionel has worked with children, in a child care operations team in various local authorities.  Lionel moved to fostering in 1995 initially as a social worker and then as a team manager and service manager with local authorities and independent fostering agency.  During this time he has gained substantial experience of working and managing fostering and adoption teams.

In addition to the experiencing as a child care professional, Lionel is a very experienced manager and over the years has managed large teams of staff at all levels.  Lionel is a qualified practice teacher and has been supervising students for a number of years.

Julie Bailey – Deputy Manager

Julie has a number of  years’ experience as a qualified Social Worker with Acorn Fostering Services. Julie started her social work career with Acorn in 2009  firstly as a Supervising Social Worker, then as Acorn’s Recruitment Officer. In October 2015 Julie moved to the post of Placement Manager where she has been able to use her knowledge of our fostering households to inform the risk and assessment process when matching placements. In October 2016 Julie was promoted to Deputy Manager where she will have the responsibility of overseeing  the Recruitment Team as well as continuing with the Placement Manager.

Our Staff

The rest of Acorn’s team have between them a wealth of experience gained from a variety of different settings all of which contributes to a well-informed, supportive and stable team. We are a medium sized team with a friendly, professional approach to our work; made up of people from different backgrounds, experiences, cultures and religions. We value our staff and are committed to helping them explore their interests through training and personal development.