Dawn WhitakerLecturer, PhD student
Most recent publication: Developing Skills for Social Work Practice
My research interests reflect three main themes:
Human rights, and rights-based social work practice.
Generating new and innovative approaches to safeguarding adults.
Critical perspectives on mental distress, neurodiversity and mad studies.
Director of Studies for MA Social Work and Registered Independent Social Worker:
Professional Registration: Health and Care Professions Council Registration number: SW64905
Membership of the British Association of Social Work
I worked for Lancashire County Council as a mental health social worker for many years, before joining their training department to deliver teaching on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In 2008, I joined the NHS as a locality Mental Capacity Act implementation lead, with particular responsibility for implementing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) across NHS Central Lancashire.
Before joining the Department as a full time member of staff, I worked for eight years as an associate lecturer in Applied Social Science (now merged with the Department of Sociology).
For the past six years I have worked as an Independent Social Worker. I am regularly instructed as an independent social work witness by the Official Solicitor for the Court of Protection, specifically in cases where there is a health and social care dispute, or an adult is deemed to be ‘at risk’ requiring ‘safeguarding’.
I continue to undertake work as an ISW, and have been involved in a number of high-profile, landmark cases such as Cheshire West [Cheshire West and Chester Council v P (2011) EWHC 1330 (COP)] (see my 'projects' tab for more information).
I convene and teach one BA module:
Swk.378 Mental Distress and Health
I also contribute to the BA Part Ones: Swk.116 Contemporary Social Problems & Swk.115 Social Work Practice
I convene and teach two MA modules:
Swk.425 Mental Distress and Health
Swk.438 Academic Practice Seminars
I convene one CPD course / module on the Advanced MA in Social Work: Social and biographical approaches to working with people who hear voices – a lived-experience perspective
An Autoethnographic Reflection of the Ethics of Autoethnography: A PhD by Practice
Whitaker, D. 26/06/2017
Developing skills for social work practice
Rogers, M., Whitaker, D., Edmondson, D., Peach, D. 11/2016 London : Sage Publications. 296 p. ISBN: 9781473913776.
A gilded cage is still a cage... yet vulnerability remains inherent: optimism, contradiction and dissonance in Court of Protection judgments and its influence on safeguarding adults at risk practice
Whitaker, D., Morgan, H. 05/2015
Social justice for safeguarded adults deprived of their liberty in the United Kingdom?
Whitaker, D. 1/10/2014 In: Disability and Society. 29, 9, p. 1491-1495. 5 p.
The independent social worker
Whitaker, D. 04/2014 In: Mental Capacity Law Newsletter. 45, 1 p.
Introducing risk in the context of social work practice learning
Edmondson, D., Whitaker, D. 2014 In: Social work practice learning. London : Sage Publications p. 121-137. 17 p. ISBN: 9781446208908, 9781446208915.
Reform of the Mental Health Act 1983: opportunity or catastrophe for social work?
Fletcher (Maiden name), D. 2004 Norwich : University of East Anglia. ISBN: 1857840941.
ISW Court Work: I'm regularly instructed in numerous Court of Protection cases. The majority of cases involve sensitive issues related to mental capacity, best interests and safeguarding adults. This work is closely related to my teaching and research interests, specifically my Professional Doctorate in Social Work.
30/06/2008 → …
Lancashire County Council
Conwy Social Services
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities (Journal)
Worcestershire County Council