I am delighted to be a member of the academic social work team, teaching masters, step-up and undergraduate students. I have enjoyed a rewarding career in social work since 1985 with roles that have included: working therapeutically with children; senior management; cafcass, expert witness for the family courts. I am optimistic about the future of social work providing we hear the voices of children, families and those who work with them. I am a HCPC registered social worker, member of the College of Social Work and British Psychological Society.
My doctoral research explores the experiences of prospective adoptive parents. In addition, I was the principal investigator of the Rotherham CSE Needs Analysis study. I also have key roles in several child sexual abuse research projects, including principal investigator evaluating the Greater Manchester Police CTZN project, Rotherham’s Voluntary Association's BASE project and MOSAICII in Bradford. My research interests are situated within a critical social psychology paradigm and include: adoption, childhood sexual abuse, parenting, familial relationships, social and familial policy, power relations, feminist theory, social protest, ethics, social media, qualitative methodologies, pluralism, dialogism, phenomenology and discourse analysis.
See more about our university's research on child sexual abuse here http://hub.salford.ac.uk/cypsae