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School of Health and Society

Dr Julie Lawrence

MSc Programme Leader: Social Work (CPD Lead)


I have worked as a qualified and registered social worker for the past 20 years. My area of practice is adults services. My roles have included; service manager for young people with learning disabilities in transition to adults service provision, team manager of a multi-disciplinary team (learning disabilities), senior social worker (supervision of social workers), practice educator (supervising and teaching social work students) & transition co-ordinator for young people moving into adults' provision. My current role entails working alongside our Greater Manchester localities and creating bespoke continuous professional development (CPD) modules, workshops and seminars for the purpose of engaging newly qualified and experienced social workers in their additional learning and development, in order to maintain their professional registration with the HCPC.

I have recently completed (2017) by Doctor of Philosophy Degree, which was a research project, about the contribution of social work within a multi-disciplinary (adults) statutory team. I have also attended a number of international social work conferences across Europe, to disseminate my research findings and outcomes.




My teaching interest consist of:

Multi-disciplinary and inter-professional working between allied disciplines

Adults Safeguarding

Resilience and Emotional Intelligence

Professional Social Work Supervision and leadership

Health & Social Care Integration across the adults workforce

Social Work Law

Young People in Transition to Adults Services

I teach across a number of programmes which include; the BA, MA and CPD modules. I currently lead the module: Adults Safeguarding for experienced social workers. My other responsibilities include the day-to-day management of the MSc programme. The main areas include; delivery of a programme of modules, ensure a positive student learning experience and monitor, review and enhance programme content and delivery.

Research Interests

2018-current: Greater Manchester Teaching Partnership, Project Work with local agencies

2017-18 Swansea University: Professional Staff Training & Development 2017 (SHUSU) Understanding Independent Living Customers & Trafford Housing Trust: an Evaluation

2016-14 A Life of their Own: a project involving seven adults in transition from a rural to an urban location in Greater Manchester 2013 Older Gay Men's Health, George House Trust

2013 Project Group: Social Theories of Learning with Professor Eitenne Wenger-Trayner (University of anchester)

20010-9 Strengthening employer engagement in the planning, development and delivery of social work education

2010-2007 Making Research Count Coordinator, Greater Manchester

Qualifications and Memberships

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (2017, Keele University)

Master of Arts in Social Work (MSW) (1990, Liverpool University)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) (1987, Liverpool University)

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) (1990, Liverpool University)

HCPC Social Work Registration 1.12-19.19.18


Lawrence, J (2018) (forthcoming) Researching the Unheard Voices of Parents of Adult Children with Learning Disabilities, Social Work & Social Sciences Review Special Issue: Research with people in the Half Shadows

Lawrence, J & Brooks, L (2015) The notion of Citizenship for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the UK: a life of their own. Social Work & Social Sciences Review Special Issue: Disability and Enabling Approaches 17 (3) pp. 33-43

Lawrence, J 2012 'Multi-professional Working', in: Key Concepts in Social Work, Sage, London, UK, pp.151-156

Lawrence, J (2011) Agreement or Acquiescence: Issues of Informed Consent within Research. Academic Poster Exhibited at: European Conference for Social Work Research, Oxford University, UK, From 23/03/2011 To 25/3/2011

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Postgraduate research

I am a MSc and PhD supervisor. I currently support students who wish to complete their research projects at Salford university

I am interested in student projects which are qualitative in approach, and linked to either young people with disabilities and/or adults. This can include; learning disabilities, professional issues (social work), workforce issues (social work) & health & social care integration across the adults workforce