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University of Stirling


Ms Kathryn Mackay


Social Work Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Ms Kathryn Mackay

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About me

I qualified as a social worker in 1984 and have worked in England and Scotland. After six years as a generic social worker, I specialised in mental health work and then became a community care team manager. I joined the University in 1997 as a teaching fellow and then became a lecturer in 2004, in order to pursue writing and research. I am currently the under graduate social work degree course director and coordinate the social work law and policy module. Teaching includes adult care law, policy and practice, ethics and values and collaborative working with agencies and with people who use services. In 2009 I started a PhD by publication and I am using the concepts of citizenship and professional discretion to explore how social workers support or limit service users' rights when they are subject to statutory intervention under the Scottish legal framework for adults at risk of harm. This has led to an interest in and publications about the possible impact of devolution on social work law and policy within the UK as a whole

Education Applied Social Research
University of Stirling

BA in Public Administration with an Option in Social Work

Professional qualification

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
Robert Gordon University

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