I have been a social work practitioner, manager and educator for over 35 years. Most of my practice has been in the childhood disability field and has included the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. I have taught disability studies and social work at the Universities of Winchester and Gloucestershire, and was programme leader for all social work courses at Gloucestershire until 2009.
I now spend my time on research, research supervision and writing for publication. I also have some responsibilities as a retired Anglican clergyman in the Witney area.
Residential special schools; social work with children with multiple and profound impairments (including autism); social pedagogy; history of social work and the Welfare State; Christian faith and social work practice.
My doctoral research was an ethnographic study of child care practice in a residential special school for children with complex learning disability and challenging behaviour.
Memberships of professional bodies
I am registered as a social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council, and am a member of:
- The British Association of Social Workers (BASW);
- The Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamics and Psychotherapy in Social Work (GAPS);
- The British Institute of Learning Disability.