As an ordained minister I spent many years working with young people and their families. I then went to work for a local authority where I continued to work with children and families and joined the staff development section. From here I joined the University of Salford in 2001. I was recruited to teach on the post qualifying social work programme where my main teaching work load remains to this day.
My teaching interests are Critical Reflective Practice, Residential child care, Child development, Ethinic Identity, and Cultural Awareness. I Lead 3 modules on the post qualifying MSc Applied Social Work Practice. i.e The first year of employment module for newly qualified social workers(ASYE), the Consolidation of professional practice module, and the Working with children and young people module. I also lead the Introduction to social care module on the foundation programme. I teach across a range of other modules and programmes.
I have written on black identity development and how to support the development of healthy identity. I am currently interested in critical reflection and supporting practitioners to think critically.
Qualifications and Memberships
1994-1996: Masters of Adult Education (with Distinction) (University of Sheffield)
1992: Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Management: (Salford University College)
1990: Certificate in Counselling (RSA): (Cornwall College of Arts and Technology)
1988: Certificate in Teaching (City and Guilds) (Cornwall College of Arts and Technology)
1985-1988: Bachelor of Arts: Biblical Studies (Harvest Bible College)
Blackburn,F.Murphy,M. and Long,T.(2009) The Pinnacle Project: Final Report, London, Action for Chidlren.
Blackburn,F. Harlow,E (2007) A Foster Carers Perspective, Social Work and Social Sciences Review : An international Journal of Applied Research. Vol 13(2).
Blackburn,F, McLaughlin H(2004) Transience the forgotten face of social work, Community.