Dr Joanne Westwood

Assistant Director: Social Work Education: Senior Lecturer

  • Allerton C607
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  • E: j.l.westwood@salford.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @jlwestwood


I have been involved in social work practice and education for about 20 years. I am interested in the potential of social media to contribute to better outcomes for people who use social work services, how risk is constructed about these new technologies. I have published several book chapters on this topic in social work textbooks. I am working with Research in Practice to develop a policy briefing for senior managers in Child Care Social Work, and have recently secured a publishing contract with Sage for a title focusing on social media for social work practice aimed at student social workers.


I lead the skills days

Research Interests

I am involved in several research projects, evaluating the work of a Family Centre in Glasgow, piloting an App for service user feedback in NI, Scotland and England, and recently completed EU funded programme with young people from the Gypsy/Roma /Traveller community to increase their participation and citizenship.

Recently completed includes a study which examined the health needs of people who have been trafficked to the UK, published in the BJGP and in the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect. My PhD looked at child trafficking discourses and how these informed policy making.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Fellow: HEA (2013)
  • Leadership Foundation for Higher Education: AURORA Women in HEI leadership programme (2014-15)
  • PhD: The social construction of risks in child trafficking discourses (2010)


Westwood, J., Howard, L.M. Stanley, N., Zimmerman, C., Gerada, C., Oram, S., (2016) Access to and experiences of healthcare services by trafficked people: findings from a mixed methods study in England British Journal of General Practice. Online First DOI: 10.3399/bjgp16X687073

Stanley, N., Oram, S., Jakobowitz, S., Westwood, J., Borschmann, R., Zimmerman, C. and Howard, L. M. (2016) The Health Needs and Healthcare Experiences of Young People Trafficked into the UK. Child Abuse and Neglect 59: 100–110 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.08.001

Westwood, J. (2016) Social media in social work education: developing teaching and learning strategies: International Handbook of Social Work Education. In (eds.) Taylor, I Bogo, M., Lefevre, M. and Teater, B. Routledge

Westwood, J. (2016) Social media for students in practice (eds.) Bellinger, A., and Ford, D. Practice placement in social work: Innovative approaches for effective teaching and learning. Policy Press.

Westwood, J. and Taylor, A. M.L. (2016) Developing Digital Competence for Practice Transformative Learning for Social Work; Learning for and in Practice (eds.) Stone, C. and Harbin, F. Palgrave MacMillan

Westwood, J., (2015) Don't take social work training away from universities: Social Care Network: Social Life Blog. The Guardian 17th June 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/social-life-blog/2015/jun/17/dont-take-social-work-training-away-from-universities

Westwood, J. (2012) Constructing risk and avoiding need: Findings from interviews with social workers and police officers involved in safeguarding work with migrant children. Child Abuse Review Vol. 21 Issue 5: 349-361 DOI:10.1002/car.2202.

Westwood, J. (eds) (2014) Social media in social work education. Critical publishing Westwood, J. (2012) Media and Social Work. In (eds.) Worsley, A., and Mann, T., Key Concepts in Social Work. Sage. https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/key-concepts-in-social-work-practice/book236922#reviews