Location: ARU Peterborough
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Linda considers herself principally a youth worker as her previous volunteer and professional career has focused on work with young people. Social and environmental justice are important to her.
Linda's previous posts include Youth Work Manager, Young Carers Development Manager, Cyrenians and Wintercomfort Street Homeless Outreach worker and latterly Manager.
Other roles include: Youth Funding Coordinator, Residential Children's Home Manager, Regulation 44 Quality Assurance of Children's Homes, Senior Social Worker in Cambridgeshire County Council's Emergency Duty Social Work Team undertaking child and adult protection and Mental Health Act Assessments.
Linda has also volunteered as Trustee of Wintercomfort and been a supporter of Cambridge Cyrenians.
Linda features in the book 'Stuart: A Life Backwards' by Alexander Masters about a homeless man she knew, and the 'Free the Cambridge Two' incident in Cambridge. Linda has also helped set up and co-ordinate a youth motorbike project (www.gauntlet.biz) which is still running.
Currently, Linda works part time at ARU Peterborough as a Senior Lecturer and CPFT CAMHS Home Treatment Team as a Senior Mental Health Practitioner.
As an emergency social work practitioner for over seven years, Linda is interested in how and why professionals manage risk. This interest spans mental health and protecting vulnerable adults and children. Socioeconomic inequalities and its impact on health and wellbeing on patients, service users, and experts by experience of social care, are also an interest of hers. In particular, research into the differences between socioeconomic impact on smoking and other stress coping habits.
Linda is Senior Lecturer Practitioner on the Social Work BA course at ARU-P. Teaching Mental Health and Adult and Children's Law, Children's and Adult Safeguarding, Research, knowledge and ethics in practice, and other subjects including psychological, sociological and social policy impacts on well-being across the life course.
• Homan, L. and Regan, E., (2018). Young People’s Perceptions of Smoking Behaviour and the Implications for Social and Health Workers. Journal of Czech and Slovak Social Work, 18 (4), pp.21-33.
Pending articles (available on request):