I work in the post-qualifying (CPD) team within the social work section of the School of Social Science. I am involved in designing and delivering the Certificate in Child Welfare and Protection, and the Module in Professional Supervision, as well as a range of short courses developed to meet the needs of practitioners. In 2014 In conjunction with Terres des Hommes(TdH) I worked alongside staff from TdH and the University of Tirana to develop a supervision module for child protection workers in Albania and Kosovo.
I am External Examiner on the Postgraduate Certificate in Securing Children's Futures: Good Practice in Permanence Planning and Family Placement which is delivered by Adoption and Fostering Alliance (AFA) Scotland ( University of Strathclyde).
I was part of the team which developed Key Capabilities in Child Care and Protection (2006).
I am a registered social worker, qualifying in 1991. My practice background in child welfare and protection spanned statutory and voluntary sectors.
I am part of the Permanently Progressing Outcomes research, which brings together colleagues from University of York and Stirling.This is a longitudinal study which investigates permanence, progress and outcomes for children in Scotland who are placed permanently away from their birth parents before the age of five.
Iam interested in the role of direct work, and how to support practitioners to communicate and engage with children and young people in a way which is meaningful. My doctoral thesis (completed 2015) explored experiences of direct work from the perspectives of children, young people and social workers