I have a passion for social work and criminal justice, having worked in these fields since qualifying as a Social Worker and Probation Officer in 1992. Since that time I have worked across Children and Adult disciplines, undertaking work that includes Probation, Youth Offending (YOT), Child Protection, Children's Disability, Fostering and Adoption, Adult Transitions and Adult Learning Disability. I have therefore accumulated considerable experience in a range of different social work and criminal justice roles.
It was whilst at Youth Offending Team that I also became interested in practice education and thus began a whole new interest in teaching and training. On leaving the YOT in 2007, I set up as a freelance teacher and trainer and this set in train a number of different teaching experiences which included teaching post qualifying social workers at Nottingham City Council and undergraduate and post-graduate social work students at Nottingham Trent University, the Open University, Manchester Metropolitan University and, more recently, the University of Nottingham. I was delighted to secure a practice learning and teaching role at this university in October 2014.
My main areas of expertise are as follows:
- adult and children - criminal justice
- childrens' safeguarding
- childrens' disability
I currently teach extensively across the BA & MA Social Work programmes, covering all areas relevant to, and underpinning practice education (e.g. critical reflection, anti oppressive practice,… read more
I currently teach extensively across the BA & MA Social Work programmes, covering all areas relevant to, and underpinning practice education (e.g. critical reflection, anti oppressive practice, application of theory & evidence based working). I also teach on specific areas relating to safeguarding and risk.
More recently I have also undertaken teaching on the CPD module for experienced social work staff working within our partner agencies, as well as organising community-based teaching in court settings.