Jane Pye

Senior Teaching Associate in Social Work

Profile

I am a registered social worker with a specific interest in the application of theory to social work practice. I have significant practice experience in social work with children, young people and their families in the statutory youth justice system, both as a social worker and as a manager. I remain interested in all matters relating to criminal justice social work. I am also interested in the intersection between child care and youth justice social work and how these two areas of can be brought together to benefit children and young people. I am committed to relationship based social work and to finding ways to work creatively with children, young people and families to facilitate opportunities for their positive development.

I have also worked as an applied social researcher for a children’s charity which enabled me to consider the use of evidence in direct work with children and families. This experience furthered my interest in how we can develop practice based on evidence. A theme throughout all my practice experience has been how the use of critically reflexive and reflective practice can inform the ongoing development of self and others as well as contributing to the development of evidence informed by practice.

In my role here at Lancaster University, I use my practice experience as a foundation to explore and develop social work practice pedagogy. I am embedded in the teaching of social work practice and in supporting students to explore how social work knowledge and skills can be translated into practice with purpose and conscious intent. I work closely with colleagues from practice in the local area to maintain a strong focus on the experience of social work in practice environments. This ensures that my teaching here at Lancaster University is informed by both practice and by theoretical understandings of social work.

Publications

Pye, J. and Paylor, I. (2017). ‘Social Work with Children in the Youth Justice System – Messages from Practice’. Youth and Policy (accepted June 2015 - in press).