I have been working full time in the Centre for Social Work since January 2012 and was employed as a sessional tutor and part time teacher in the Centre for 6 years before that. I am very happy to be back at Nottingham, I undertook my first degree (in Social Policy and Administration) here and then an MA in Social Work at the University of York. I am a qualified social worker, registered with the HCPC and have a range of experience having worked as a local authority social worker and manager in residential and fieldwork settings with children and families for 15 years, specialising specifically in child protection and disabled children. I have also worked for the Ann Craft Trust, an organisation based within the Centre for Social Work that specialises in the protection of children and adults with learning disabilities and enjoy a close continuing relationship with ACT in my ongoing research on forced marriage. I am a member of a number of organisations including Baspcan, the Centre for Social Work Practice, the Home Office Forced Marriage Unit Partnership Board and I am also the Independent Safeguarding Advisor to the Sense Safeguarding Board (Sense is a national voluntary organisation working in the interest of deafblind children and adults).
My expertise lie in children and families work and child protection - specifically protection of disabled children both in terms of practice and policy. I also have expertise in safeguarding vulnerable adults and the processes followed when something goes wrong - I am an Independent Author of Serious Case Reviews and facilitator of Significant Incident Learning Process (a process followed when a case does not reach the threshold for a Serious Case Review).
Another area of interest and expertise is forced marriage of children and adults with learning disabilities. I have undertaken a number of research projects on this issue and authored the national multi-agency practice guidance 'Forced Marriage and Learning Disabilities'.
My current teaching commitments include the role or convenor for the BA year one Introduction to Social Work module and the BA year three/MA year two Children and Families module.
I am currently the PI on a two year NIHR SSCR funded project entitled 'Forced marriage of adults with learning disabilities - developing knowledge, policy and practice to keep people safe'. This… read more
I am currently the PI on a two year NIHR SSCR funded project entitled 'Forced marriage of adults with learning disabilities - developing knowledge, policy and practice to keep people safe'. This project aims to develop a deeper understanding of the problem of forced marriage of people with learning disabilities by analysing data held by the UK Govt FMU and by interviewing a range of stakeholder groups including people with learning disabilities, family carers, faith and community leaders and practitioners. We will develop a range of tools to help improve recognition of the problem and to support safeguarding practitioners in their role. Outputs will include a short film raising awareness of the issue and giving advice on where to get help and tools and guidance on assessing capacity to assess capacity to consent to marriage. We will be working closely with all stakeholder groups to develop the outputs. Please see our website for further information http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/mymarriagemychoice/
2014 Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit Domestic Programme Fund. Conference series Hidden Truths - Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities.
2012 Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit Domestic Programme Fund. Research project: Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities - Having a National Impact (PI)
2011 Leicestershire County Council: SILP pilot and evaluation (PI)
2010 Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit Domestic Programme Fund. Multi- disciplinary Training Pack - Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities.
2009 Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit Domestic Programme Fund. Research project: Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities - Motivators and Consequences. (PI)