I am delighted to be a member of the academic social work team, teaching masters, step-up and undergraduate students. I have enjoyed a rewarding career in social work since 1985 with roles that have included: working therapeutically with children; senior management; cafcass, expert witness for the family courts. I am optimistic about the future of social work providing we hear the voices of children, families and those who work with them. I am a HCPC registered social worker, member of the British Association of Social Work and British Psychological Society. In May 2017 I was proud to be elected as a Council member of BASW.
My doctoral research explored the experiences of prospective adoptive parents in 21st Century Britain. In addition, I was the Principal Investigator of the Rotherham CSE Needs Analysis study. I also have key roles in several current child sexual abuse/exploitation research projects including:
- Principal Investigator
Evaluation of Barnados 'Real Love Rocks' CSE awareness resource
- Principal Investigator:
Evaluating the Greater Manchester Police CTZN project,
- Project Manager:
Joint University of Salford and the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust development of a tool to improve communication and understanding of child sexual abuse and exploitation. http://notjustathought.org.uk/
I also undertake independent research, reviews and investigations which have included:
- Operation Lenten
- Rotherham Voluntary Association's BASE project
- MOSAICII in Bradford.
My research interests are situated within a critical social psychology paradigm and include: adoption, childhood sexual abuse, parenting, familial relationships, social and familial policy, power relations, feminist theory, social protest, ethics, social media, qualitative mehodologies, pluralism, dialogism, phenomenology and discourse analysis.
You can contact me on Twitter
See more about our university's research on child sexual abuse here
Invited to join NATCEN Social Research Panel
Panel Abstract: Social media is used increasingly in social science research as a sourc... more >>.
Appeared on Toby Foster at Breakfast, Friday 26th February 2016, (abt 8.10am) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03hhgmp#play
Osborne has announced an extra £30m to speed up the adoption process. This comes amid concern that hard up local authorities may be resistant to paying £27,000 to an adoption agency to find an approved prospecti... more >>.
Applying social psychology to contemporary society This symposium, convened by Dr Abigail Locke of the University of Huddersfield, included four engaging papers that discussed the application of social psychology to a wid... more >>.
My passion for international collaboration, support for social researchers and doctoral students led me to create a network of social media platforms.
Evaluating the services provided by MOSAIC II a support service for family members and survivors whose lives have been affected by sexual abuse.