Safeguarding Children - Whose Responsibility?
Child protection is the responsibility of every member of the multi-professional team - this paper outlines individual roles and responsibilities.
||Child Protection, Social Work, Interprofessional Learning
The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.1-6.
Article: Print (Spiral Bound).
Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.744MB).
I currently hold three qualifications in the field of social care - A Diploma in Youth and Community Work/ Higher Education, a Diploma in Social Work and a Masters Degree in Childcare Practice and Law, for which I conducted research on the Participation of Children in Children Looked After Reviews.
Having worked as a residential social worker with children with learning disabilities, I worked for five years as a Child Protection Officer, and thereafter for three years in Staff Development, while continuing with freelance and consultancy work, which I have undertaken over the past five years.
For the past year I have been employed as Programme Leader on the BA(Hons) Applied Social Work Degree at the University of Derby, and am currently undertaking a postgraduate course in learning and teaching.
Since 2004, I have been employed as a Lecturer in Social Work, previously at the University of Derby, and currently at the University of Nottingham.
I have a number of specialist interests: as Director of Practice Learning in the Centre for Social Work, I am responsible for co-ordinating practice placement opportunities for students, and encouraging students to make links between theory and practice.
I am also particularly interested in interprofessional education, which stems from my years of practice in palliative care, where I worked as part of the multi-disciplinary team, delivering care to patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families and carers. During this time, I gained the Practice Teachers' Award, and very much enjoyed hosting student placements at the Hospice where I was working, teaching by example the holistic approach to care which the hospice movement promotes.
I also served on the National Executive Committee of the Association of Palliative Care Social Workers, promoting the interests of service users and carers and those working in this significant area of practice.
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