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Having previously undertaken voluntary work in a dmoestic violence refuge and on a rape crisis helpine, I qualified as a Social Worker in 2001. I then spent ten years working for a Local Authority, firstly in teams specialising in safeguarding children and then in CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services).
I became a Lecturer in Social Worker in 2011, having discovered a love of teaching through developing training programmes in my previous roles. I moved to the University of Salford in 2013 and currently work predominantly on the MA Social Work programme. I am module leader for the first year module Critical Professional Practice.
My research interests are mainly around families and in particular parenting, including how social workers can work to assess and support parents and how Local Authorities take on their role as "corporate parents". I am specifically interested in adoption, and am currently undertaking a PhD examining the experiences and practices of new adoptive parents.
I am also interested in teaching and learning in social work education and how social workers and social work students can be supported in their development. This includes the development of key social work skills, linking theory to social work practice, and the engagement of social work practitioners and service users in social work education.