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Area of academic expertise - outline

  • Care experienced children and young people
  • Social pedagogic practice 
  • Anti-racist practice

Overview

I have over 20 years work experience in social work and social care. Mainly in residential ​settings including working with people experiencing homelessness, addictions, mental illness, offending and looked after children and young people.

I began teaching social work in 2002 on the BA (Hons) Residential Pathway at the Robert Gordon University. I joined UWS to teach on the social work programme in February 2014.

I am keen on developing an awareness of the concept and practice of social pedagogy and how this approach could utilised in the Scottish context. I am strongly committed to promoting better outcomes for all care experienced people in Scotland.

I also strongly believe in the importance of understanding the historical struggle of  peoples oppressed by the self-interest of ruling elites and the lessons we can draw for active resistance in these troubled times.

I continue to harbour great hopes for the creation of an independent socially just Scotland. ​

Area of academic expertise - outline

Residential child care seetings and working with care experienced young people.

Current research activities

None at present.

Desired research direction

The application of social pedagogic approaches in social work and community based agencies. 

Target collaborative companies

Currently collaborating with Who Cares? Scotland 'Communities that Care' project based in Renfrewshire.

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Residential Child Care, Care Experienced Young People, Social Pedagogy

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