I continue to work part time in the areas of child protection and Looked After Children, having a particular interest in young people who experience difficult circumstances such as child sexual exploitation, custody and family difficulties. The two jobs complement each other perfectly! I qualified as a Social Worker in 1998 having come from a background of youth work, social care including family centres, working with those with poor mental health, learning disabilities and older people. I also engaged in research in an international context (South East Asia and Latin America). Since qualifying, I have worked in Children and Families teams. I have been a Practice Educator since 1999 – mainly supervising social work students on placement.
As a tutor on a Social Work degree, my previous and current experience relates to every single day of my role at Ruskin.
The ethos of Ruskin College, i.e. of enabling people to access education, drew me to the post back in 2008. Seeing students grow and develop both personally and professionally has kept me here! It is a privilege to work with Ruskin graduates in my social work role – I see what a difference they make, having first developed their skills on the social work programme.
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