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 am particularly interested in the role that language plays in social work encounters, with a view to understand how social workers can engage with marginalised linguistic communities. I am also interested in developing new research and pedagogic opportunities for mindfulness in social work.
I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following topic areas: children in the generational order, child and family social work, child language brokering; intercultural communication in public services.
Big Lottery Fund - Evaluation of Quarriers Family Resource Centre
Public Support Partnership Evaluation - Action for Children, Stepping Stones for Families, Glasgow City Council (£4,992).
Lucas S (2016) Interpreting: One Size fits all? English Language as an essential component of social work. In: Williams C, Graham MJ (ed.). Social Work in a diverse Society: Transformatory Practice with black and minority ethnic individuals and communities, Bristol: Policy Press, pp. 91-108.
Lucas S (2014) The regulation of child language brokering in a social work context. 2nd International Conference on Non-Professional Interpreting and Translation, 29.5.2014 - 31.5.2014, Germersheim, Germany. Available from: http://www.fb06.uni-mainz.de/ikk/Dateien/NPIT2_Programme.pdf
Lucas S (2014) 'Mum, if you’ve got a doctor's appointment take me or my sister': contributions of a child language broker. In: Westwood J, Larkins C, Moxon D, Perry Y, Thomas N (ed.). Participation, Citizenship and Intergenerational Relations in Children and Young People's Lives: Children and Adults in Conversation, Basingstoke: Palgrave Pivot, pp. 82-93.
Lucas S (2013) Children that interpret: a small tragedy in a larger social work space? (Meeting Abstract) In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2013: Engaging Sociology Conference Programme and Abstract Book, Durham: British Sociological Association. British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 3.4.2013 - 5.4.2013, London, pp. 95-95.
Lucas S (2012) To interpret or not to interpret: child language brokering in a social welfare context. University of Salford Postgraduate Research Conference SPARC 2012, 30.5.2012 - 31.5.2012, Manchester. Available from: http://www.salford.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/123426/SPARC12-Collated-Abstracts.pdf
Lucas S (2011) Getting the Balance Right: Developing a Cost Evaluation Tool for "Team around the Family" approaches in Wales. TiSSA 2011: 9th Conference of the International "Social Work Society" Academy (TiSSA): Politics of Identity - The Changing Face of Social Work, 24.8.2011 - 26.8.2011, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Available from: https://www.tissa.net/archive/7#tab_abstracts