Lecturer in Social Work
Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work
I am a lecturer on the Social Work programme, and I teach on both the Undergradute and Postgraduate programmes.
Prior to working at the University, I spent 13 years in practice as a Social Worker working in the Local Authority. I worked exclusively in Children's Services over that time and have experience with working with children, young people and their families in a wide variety of circumstances.
Most recently I was working with children and young people in the care of the Local Authority as a Senior Practitioner, which included working in the fields of adoption, fostering and residential care and working with young adults who had lived experience of Local Authority care and unaccompanied asylum seeking young people. I've also worked extensively with foster carers and kinship carers as a Supervising Social Worker.
I am a Practice Educator and have always enjoyed supporting people in their development as Social Workers at various early stages of their careers.
Teaching and supervision
I am currently Module Lead for Social Work Practice 1 on the Undergraduate programme which involves organising placements for our students' first work placement, and supporting them for the duration of that experience.
I am also Module Lead for Theory, Assessment and Social Work Intervention with Children on the Postgraduate programme which aims to enable students to critically analyse and evaluate risk and harm to children and young people focusing on the family setting and develops their knowledge of relevant Social Work theories and research in this area.