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University of Stirling


Dr Sian Lucas


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

Dr Sian Lucas

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I am a registered social worker with experience in Children's Services. I was awarded a (1+3) studentship by the Economic and Social Research Council in the School of Social Work at the University of Salford and completed my PhD in 2014. The PhD was a qualitative project that explores child language brokering in a social welfare context. The research pays attention to the role that children play to enable their non-English speaking parents to gain access to services in the community, and social workers' experience of working with linguistic diverse families. I was awarded a visiting overseas fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles to develop my research on child language brokering. I have worked on a number of community research projects in Salford and worked as a research officer at the Welsh Government; an ESRC internship, to develop and test a cost-evaluation tool for Team-around-the family approaches in Wales. The most satisfying aspect of teaching for me is to support social work students to develop awareness of their own values, principles and assumptions, with a view to facilitate anti-oppressive social work.

I currently teach on the Children, Families and Society module.
I co-convene UNITY, the University Service Users & Carers Group

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