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Simon Gittins


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Personal profile


Current Role

Simon is a full time lecturer within the UWS Social Work department.


Background Profile

Simon has worked across several local authority criminal justice settings as a criminal justice social worker and as a team leader. 

He has previously held a lecturing position in Social Work at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Throughout his social work employment Simon has specialised in working with people assessed as presenting a high risk of reoffending with violent or sexual convictions. Simon was part of a strategic group that created and implemented National Standards for MAPPA Level 1 processes across Scotland. He was a regular contributor to various training forums.


Research Interests

Simon’s research interests include criminal justice, desistance, public protection, MAPPA, sexual offending, and working with risk.

He is currently undertaking a PhD focusing on decision making within MAPPA (inter-agency risk management forums).


Professional Membership

-          Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

-          National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance

-          National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (NOTA)

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