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Social Work Seminars

Contemporary issues and debates in social work education, research and practice

A seminar series from the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit

The focus of the by-invitation-only Social Work Seminars is on social work research and education and how these relate to practice. The events provide a platform for debate about the profession, social work roles, research and evidence. It is convened by Dr Mary Baginsky.

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Seminars in 2020 

1 December 2020 Pride and Shame in Child and Family Social Work: How self-conscious emotions are used to shape, control, and discipline parents and professionals
Matthew Gibson, Lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Care at the University of Birmingham

10 November 2020 Shifting sands: Researching carers' and professionals' dilemmas in the changing world of Special Guardianship and Connected Persons Placements: issues for practice. Helen Hingley-Jones, Assoc. Prof., and Lucille Allain, Assoc. Prof. (Practice), Middlesex University London

20 October 2020 Researching the outcomes of care proceedings for children, and learning from them

Judith Masson, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Bristol & Jonathan Dickens, Head of School of Social Work, University of East Anglia

15 September 2020 Schools and multi-agency response to safeguarding and child protection. Mary Baginsky, Senior Research Fellow, HSCWRU, KCL

1 September 2020 Managing children's social care through COVID-19. Mary Baginsky, Senior Research Fellow, HSCWRU, KCL

7 July 2020 Change, Transition & Resilience: an inevitable combination? Mike Lauerman

16 June 2020 Practice-theory links. Malcolm Payne, Emeritus Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University

25 February 2020 ‘Where does all the time go?’ – a surface and depth study of three social work teams to identify what impedes or supports reflective practice for managers and team members [handout]

Judy Foster, Visiting lecturer, Tavistock Centre

21 January 2020 ‘Everyday Bordering’ in England, Sweden and Bulgaria: social work decision making processes when working with migrant family members.  

Julie Walsh, Lecturer in Sociology, University of Sheffield

Seminars in 2019 

26 November 2019 Measuring Outcomes for Children’s Social Care Services

Lisa Holmes, Director, Rees Centre, Department of Education, University of Oxford 

17 September 2019 The search for ‘evidence’ & ‘analysis’: The view from the Bench Her Honour Judge Carol Atkinson, Designated Family Judge for East London 

2 July 2019 Evidence informed justice: new Nuffield Family Justice Observatory for England & Wales. What can it contribute?

Judith Harwin, Professor in Socio-Legal Studies, School of Law, Lancaster University

18 June 2019 Gang Violence & the Public Health approach: Changes to risks posed by gangs in London; how a Public Health approach could help

Andrew Whittaker, Associate Professor, School of Health & Social Care, London South Bank University; Tirion Havard, Senior Lecturer, London South Bank University; Dr Brian Gilchrist, Assistant Professor, Long Island University-Brooklyn, USA. Whittaker/Havard | Gilchrist

28 May 2019 New Beginnings: Turning research into practice

Jadwiga Leigh, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Lancaster & Leanne Boylan, New Beginnings Greater Manchester. [Evaluation Report (2019) by Walsh, J. et al.]

23 April 2019 ‘The management seemed to like her more’. The relationship between emotions and the working environment in child protection. A psycho-social exploration

Alberto Poletti, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Bedfordshire

26 March 2019 Evaluating Luton's implementation of a tested tool for the assessment of child neglect

Ruth Gardner & Amanda Bunn, Evaluators, with representatives from Luton Borough Council

26 February 2019 Building Better Futures for Children and Families: A Model to Guide Parenting Capacity Assessment and Enhancement

Mandi MacDonald, Lecturer in Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast

22 January 2019 From Postcodes to Profits: Changes to the risks posed by gangs in London

Andrew Whittaker, Associate Professor, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University

Seminars in 2018

13 November 2018 Child and Family social work: Supervision, practice, engagement & outcomes

Dr David Wilkins, Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire 

23 October 2018 

Disabled women in Australia. Building pride and safety in a new disability support system Jen Hargrave, Senior Policy Officer, Women with Disabilities Victoria

19 June 2018 Public service in private spaces: researching the quality of social work practice through direct observation

Lisa Bostock & Amy Lynch, Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire

1 May 2018 Mothers Apart: reflecting on an action research partnership project Linda Bell, Associate Professor, Department of Mental Health, Social Work & Integrative Medicine, Middlesex University | Presentation

24 April 2018

Annette Algie & Emma Lowrie, NSPCC: Using a new visual engagement tool in Blackpool to understand factors influencing early child health and development from pregnancy through to preschool

6 March 2018 Jenny Driscoll: 'Transitions from Care to Independence: Supporting young people leaving state care to fulfil their potential'

30 January 2018 Stephen Crossley: 'Is it alright for me to talk about theory?'

Seminars in 2017

21 November 2017 Elizabeth Fernandez: 'Responding to Families: A focus on public policies for vulnerable families'

9 November 2017 Martin Stevens: ‘Social work and legal responses to obstruction in adult safeguarding’ | Presentation one | two

17 October 2017 Ken McLaughlin: 'The State of Regulation: Social Work and the Health and Care Professions Council'

26 September 2017 Mary Baginsky: ‘Signs of Safety - What can change and what's harder to change?’

23 May 2017 Paul Bywaters: Children’s services: what does an inequalities perspective add? | Presentation

7 March 2017 Nigel Parton: The contemporary politics of child protection

14 February 2017 Rick Hood: Measuring outcomes and performance in child protection services | News item

17 January 2017 Naomi Eisenstadt CB: Shifting the curve: The Scottish approach to addressing poverty and inequality | Presentation: Speaking 'truth' to power: Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality

Seminars in 2016

15 November 2016 Nicky Stanley: Trafficking of children and young people - implications for practice | Twitterpic

27 June 2016 Marie Connolly: Reforming child welfare: insights from Australasia | News item

14 June 2016 Nina Biehal: Using RCTs to evaluate complex interventions

17 May 2016 Peter Simcock & Dr Rhoda Castle Social Work and Disability (seminar and book launch). See blog post.

19 April 2016 Michael Sheppard: Raising standards, standardising quality in social work competencies: the central role of measuring Critical Thinking and 'Emotional Intelligence'  Brief report of this seminar | Twitterpic | Presentation

1 March 2016 Ray Jones: The drift towards privatisation in children's services - reality or illusion?

On 12 January 2016 Dr Thomas Mackrill from Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen led a seminar on an app now being tested and evaluated in Denmark which links social workers and young people.

Seminars in 2015

On 1 December 2015 Professor Cheryl Regehr of the University of Toronto led a round table discussion on assessment of social work practice.

8 Sept 2015 Professor Lesley Cooper of the University of Wollongong, Australia, led a seminar: 'Rethinking social work education'. Social work education is subject to numerous pressures. These come from numerous stakeholders (consumers, government, professionals), demands within universities, current and former students, agencies who provide field education training and from educators with a stake in the existing curriculum. Given these multiple pressures, it is challenging to innovate and take a different approach. Developing a new social work degree in Australia provided opportunities to critically examine existing approaches of social work education, review curriculum changes pursued by other professions and to incorporate best teaching and learning practices into the new curriculum. Lesley Cooper  outlined assumptions and requirements in the accreditation process, and her pedagogical approaches for the new University of Wollongong BSW programme, while challenging the premises embedded in social work education.

8 July 2015 Jo Moriarty, Deputy Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's, reported on a recent review conducted for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The subject of the seminar was: 'Role Conflict and Burnout in Social Work: Preventable or Inevitable?'

5 May 2015 Professor Marion Bogo (University of Toronto) described the development and implementation of the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) adapted for social work. Professor Bogo joined by video link to discuss her work on innovative approaches to the assessment and measurement of competency of graduating social work students in Canada and more widely. Prof Bogo's presentation | Blog post reporting on the seminar




This is an invitation only seminar series convened by Dr Mary Baginsky.

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