Choice, independence and safeguarding: a balancing act

B62, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park Campus
23/10/2019 (17:00-18:30)
Christine McDermott/Angela Peer
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Speaker: Professor Rachel Fyson, School of Sociology and Social Policy (Director of Centre for Social Work), Faculty of Social Sciences

The inaugural lecture from Professor Rachel Fyson will trace her career from school holidays volunteering on playschemes for children with learning disabilities and dropping out of university to become a careworker, through to re-entering academia and becoming Professor of Social Work. She will reflect on how her previous career in social care continues to shape her academic interests, particularly her focus on the tensions and contradictions within social care policies which continually struggle to achieve a balance between safeguarding against risk of abuse and the promotion of choice and independence.

Rachel Fyson is currently Director of the Centre for Social Work, having joined the Centre for Social Work as a lecturer in September 2005. She previously worked as a Research Fellow for both the Ann Craft Trust, University of Nottingham and the Norah Fry Research Centre, University of Bristol and prior to becoming an academic worked for over a decade in adult social care - mostly in services for adults with learning disabilities. Her research interests lie primarily in matters relating to adult social care services, including: the tension between promoting individual choice and seeking to safeguard against avoidable abuse; policy implementation; interagency working; and service evaluation.

Reception will take place in B63 (atrium).

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