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University of Stirling


Dr Duncan Helm

Senior Lecturer

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

Dr Duncan Helm

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About me

I am a registered social worker and have practised as a social worker and practice teacher in statutory settings within local authorities and in integrated services. I graduated from Edinburgh University with a Masters in social work and returned to University in a teaching capacity in 2003 when I joined the University of Dundee as a Teaching Fellow. At Dundee I directed undergraduate child protection CPD provision, including the Certificate in Child Care and Protection. I moved to the University of Stirling in 2008 as a senior teaching fellow and has continued to teach and research in the field of child welfare and protection. I was programme director for the MSc Applied Professional Studies from its inception in 2016 until 2019. am currently the module coordinator for APSPG01 (Understanding Children's Needs) APSPG13 (Working with risk and uncertainty) and APSPG18 (dissertation module) on the MSc Applied Professional Studies. I am on research leave from July - December 2019 and take up the role of Head of Social Work in the Faculty from January 2020. I am a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Scottish branch of the Association of Child Protection Professionals.

Event / Presentation

Analysis in practice: A study of sense-making in a children and families social work team. . WithScotland Webinar December 2014

A webinar presentation of findings from an ethnographic study of judgement in a social work office.

Chair. GIRFEC 2013

Keynote speech. Child Inclusive Practice Annual Forum

Making the Meaningless Meaningful - Analysis in Assessment. Professional Judgement

Sense-making in child and family assessments. Reconstruct Annual Conference

Testing the application of GIRFEC in child protection practice. BASPCAN Scottish Branch Conference

Analysis and Professional Judgement in Child and Family Assessment. BASPCAN Scottish Branch Conference

Ecology of Judgement in Child Welfare and Protection . Ecology of Judgement Seminar

Judgements or Assumptions? The role of analysis in assessing children and young people’s needs. ESRC Seminar ‘Interrogating Harm and Abuse Across the Lifespan’

Analysing and Reporting Children’s Needs and Experiences. Pre-conference workshop - Child Inclusive Practice (Australia)
A day-long workshop developing enhanced skills and knolwedge in analysis of children and young people's needs in assessments.

Judgements or Assumptions?. Making Research Count seminar (York)

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