Centre for Social Work Practice

Events: Regional Groups

East Anglia

University of East Anglia

Regional Co-ordinator: Dr Laura Cook
Laura is a lecturer in social work at the University of East Anglia. She teaches on the MA and BA in Social Work as well as across a range of CPD courses. Her research focuses on decision-making and the concept of professional judgement in social work. She is particularly interested in the role of emotion, relationships and intuition in social worker’s assessments of risk.

Anglia Ruskin University

Regional Co-ordinator: Caroline Bald
Caroline is Senior Lecturer and Placement Co-ordinator at ARU with twenty years’ experience in statutory criminal justice social work and mental health social enterprise. She is currently undertaking an Educational Doctorate researching resilience, professional self-care and leadership. Caroline is a Practice Educator and HEA fellow. Qualifying with a Masters in Social Work in 1999 from the University of Glasgow following a degree in Sociology and Social Policy. Social work starts and ends with authentic, quality relationships; first and foremost with service users, also acknowledging the unique network within and between ourselves as social workers and colleagues within an inter-organisational context and communities.

University of Essex (Southend Campus)

Regional Co-ordinator: Dr Stephen Jordan
I am currently a lecturer at University of Essex BA (Hons) Social Work. I worked previously as programme lead in Social Work at South Essex College (from 2004- 2011). Before that I worked as senior practitioner in a range of social work posts, predominantly in children and families services from 1988.

Interest in relationship based practice: I first developed an interest in relationship based social work practice, when I began studying for my Professional Doctorate in social work at the Tavistock and the subject of my doctorate was the use of humour and social work. I am particularly interested in how humour use is an aspect in understanding relationship based practice. I would argue that as humour can convey humanity, is grounded in our earliest attachments and helps us to manage our emotions, so humour can help facilitate relationships with service users, and be a tool to help service users, social workers and their colleagues to maintain relationships.

University of Suffolk

Regional Co-ordinator: Heidi Dix & Aisha Howells
Heidi is the Higher Education Institute Teaching Partnership Lead (job share) a new partnership between the University of Suffolk, the University of East Anglia and Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils which promises a range of innovations including enhanced student placements and greater practitioner involvement in teaching and learning. Heidi qualified in 1997 and has experience of both adults and children’s services. She has worked in both statutory and third sector provision within a range of settings. Heidi works as a manager within Suffolk’s Youth Offending Service. Heidi qualified as a Practice Educator in 2005. Heidi works part time so Aisha Howells who recently joined UoS from practice can also be contacted and has a role as a Regional Coordinator at UoS


UEA: Laura Cook - L.Cook@uea.ac.uk
ARU: Caroline Bald caroline.bald@aru.ac.uk
Essex: Stephen Jordan - sjordan@essex.ac.uk
UoS: Heidi Dix - h.dix@uos.ac.uk
Aisha Howells a.howells@uos.ac.uk

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