I have been a lecturer at the University of Salford since 2013. Prior to that I worked as a children and families social worker for 15 years in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. During that time, I established two services: an advocacy service for children and young people attending child protection conferences and a family group conference service. I also managed a group of 4 Sure Start Children’s Centres, developing services in response to local need.
Most of my teaching is on the BA Social Work. I lead two modules:
- Understanding International Health and Social Welfare
- Assessment and Intervention in Social Work
I also teach:
- strengths based approaches to social work, particularyfamily group conferences.
- Children and families law
I am interested in the use of family group conferences (FGCs) in social work decision making and much of my research and writing focuses on this. I am also interested in young people missing from home.
I am currently co editing and writing a book on the use of FGCs in social work practice, which is due for publication in March 2018. I am evaluating 2 FGC services and undertaking research on young people missing from home.
Qualifications and Memberships
HEA fellow MA/Diploma in Social Work PGCaP.
Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (Child Care Award)
Post Graduate Certificate in Children’s Rights and Youth Advocacy
Practice Assessor’s Award