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Social Work Staff- Intorductions
Date: 1 October 2013
Following the Lancaster Sociology department merging with the Social Work department as of the academic year 2013-2014, there are a number of new academic staff who will be around the department come October. In order to make you familiar with them and their work, here are some brief introductions to where they've come from and their current research.
Emma joins the department from Salford University, where she was a lecturer in Social Work. A qualified child protection social worker, Emma has worked in safeguarding children for the past thirteen years, and brings her practical experience to her research and lectures. She also worked for four years as a trainer for Manchester Safeguarding Children's Board and for ECPAT, which focused on child trafficking and was funded by the Home Office.
Emma has research interests in child sexual exploitation and child trafficking, and this heavily influences her research, having written articles on safeguarding children, child trafficking within the UK, and teenage pregnancy. She is currently evaluating multi-agency child sexual exploitation (CSE) services in Lancashire, focusing on the role of parental support work. Of joining Lancaster University, Emma says "I am delighted, and look forward to becoming acquainted with my new colleagues in social work and sociology".
Lancaster University is not new to Dawn, having worked in the Department of Applied Social Science (which has now merged with Sociology) as an Associate Lecturer for the past eight years. Her history with Lancaster University goes back even further: she undertook her MA and professional qualification here. Dawn started with a psychology degree, before moving to social work at post-graduate level, and qualifying as a social worker. After moving through local authorities, third sector organisations and the NHS as a social worker, for the past four years Dawn has worked as a self employed ISW consultant (Independent Social Worker).
Dawn is regularly instructed as an independent social work witness by the Official Solicitor for the Court of Protection; in cases where there is a social work/health and social care dispute, or an adult is deemed to be 'at risk' requiring 'safeguarding'. Dawn has been involved in a number of high-profile, landmark cases, including:
Asked how she feels about joining the Sociology department, Dawn says "excited, overjoyed, passionate, optimistic and challenged (in a good way)".
Steven's background is that of a psychiatric social worker. Prior to joining Lancaster University, Steven was employed as a senior manager by the Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, as the service manager of Central Lancashire Restart Services. The team at this trust works with and supports individuals who have mental health difficulties, in the aim of preventing them from becoming socially excluded, or supporting those who have suffered this. Rather than running day centres and removing the individuals from their every day life, the service works with them in their communities and homes, in the hope they will achieve their goals and aspirations. Steven has also worked as a specialist practitioner in Crisis Teams, and care co-ordinated in an Assertive Outreach Team.
This kind of practical experience is invaluable for Steven's research, which is based around mental health, social exclusion, intersectionality, gender, sexuality and gerontology. He hopes to submit a paper in September which examines the Gender Recognition Act. Furthermore, he is working on two other papers: the first of which analyses how the psychological and biochemical advances have created polarized experiences between younger and older transgendered individuals.
Like Dawn, Steven has experienced teaching at Lancaster before, and was impressed by the teaching standard and excellent research profile. Of joining the department, Steven says, "I am thrilled".
These are just three of the wide range of new academic staff who are coming to the department in the new term. If you think these research interests match yours, or even just want to find out more, why not go and say hi? You'll find them all in Bowland North in the Sociology department.
Piece by Laura Clancy
Associated departments and research centres: Sociology
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