Academics Contribution to Practice

Earlier this week I was challenged about the lack of activity that the Teaching Partnership had been able to demonstrate to promote academic contributions to practice. So, with that in mind I wanted to share the following:

This week Dr Nick Neave from the Hoarding Research Group at UNN provided a follow-up seminar to social work practitioners in Northumberland. This was a direct response to requests made by a number of practitioners some of whom had attended his original seminar held on 26th April and Dr Neave was happy to commit to another more interactive seminar with practitioners held in Blyth.

Also this week academics from the Open University and UNN provided presentations to the NESWA Admission Workshop on 10th July on pieces of research that they had conducted around 1) Admissions processes for students with additional needs and 2) developing diversity in the workplace through the Social Work Degree Apprenticeship.

A fellow academic, again from the OU, is seeking shadowing opportunities over the summer within adult mental health settings and colleagues from Gateshead, Northumberland and Newcastle are looking at various opportunities that might be possible.

Middlesbrough Council have commissioned academic support for the evaluation of their current Social Work Health Check with children’s social workers.

And finally, NESWA is in discussion about creating seminars on a range of topics that have been highlighted by practitioners including:

  • There is interest in the issue of older prisoners and dementia.
  • There is interest in safeguarding issues and community support for adults with mild learning difficulties. This follows the recent Serious Case Reviews that have reported on adults who have been killed by members of the community who they thought were befriending them.
  • Issues around adult alcohol abuse/toxic trio etc.
  • Issues around rurality/isolation/community support.
  • Supporting autistic adults in the community.
  • Understanding the concept of ‘triage’ in social work
  • There are issues around age assessments for young unaccompanied minors

So, watch this space…..

Felicity Shenton – Project Manager (NESWA)

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