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After working in various social care areas including working with families, with those experiencing mental ill health and older people and also having the privilege of working in South East Asia and Latin America (mainly undertaking research), I eventually chose to study social work and qualified in 1998 from the University of Liverpool. My first degree was in Literature/History/Politics. Since that time I have worked in a children and families setting usually with those who have been severely disadvantaged and who have experienced significant challenges and difficulties.
In 2008 I joined the Social Work team at Ruskin College. Splitting my working life between Ruskin and a social work team in Oxfordshire enables me to teach and be in practice at the same time which, I hope, brings benefits to social work students as well as to myself.
Since qualifying as a social worker, my roles have included being a practice educator for social work students and I have introduced students on placement to teams who have not previously considered this option. As a social worker I have often focussed on teenagers. I have also been involved in youth clubs or events since the mid-1980s.
My background and beliefs, inspired by people such as Martin Luther King Jr and Bob Holman, have shaped my understanding of how inequality divides and damages our world and the need to be active in opposing it.
Currently I am responsible for the Applied Psychology, Human Growth and Development module. I also teach on the Principles and Practice of Social Work and Dissertation workshops etc. In association with Oxford Brookes, Ruskin College organise a service user and carer group named the ‘Voices of Experience’, which I co-chair. Voices of Experience are integrated into social work student learning.
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