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School of Health and Society

Kate Parkinson

Lecturer in Social Work

Biography

I have been a qualified social worker since 1998, having gained 15 years post qualifying experience in social work and social work management before becoming a social work academic. My research interests include Family Group Conferences and strengths based approaches to practice, young people missing from home and the transition from social work practice to academia.

Teaching

  • Teach on Step Up to Social Work programme
  • Teach Family Group Conferences, Strengths Based Practice and Restorative Approaches
  • Module Lead for Ideological Development of Social Work Practice

Teaching interests:

  • Children and families social work
  • Restorative practices
  • Strengths based approaches
  • Family group conferences
  • Poverty and social work

Research Interests

Currently I am undertaking research in the following areas:

  • Family Group Conferences
  • Poverty and Social Work
  • The Transition from Social Work Practice to Academia

Qualifications and Memberships

HCPC registered, HEA Fellow, BASW member.

Publications

Parkinson, K. & Rogers, M. (2017), 'Exploring approaches to child welfare in contexts of domestic violence and abuse: family group conferences" ', Child and Family Social Work, 1-8.

Parkinson, K & Edwards, D 2016, 'Family Group Conferences and Safeguarding Children', Seen and Heard, 26(3), pp.38-53.