Regional Co-ordinator: Dr Jadwiga Leigh
Jadwiga is a Lecturer of Social Work in the Department of Sociological Studies at the University of Sheffield. In 2010 she began her PhD, which focused on professional identity and child protection culture both here in the UK and abroad in Belgium. The method she used was that of a comparative ethnography which included visual methodology. She has just published a monograph from her findings entitled: Blame, culture and child protection. It was through her doctoral research that Jadwiga became interested in how the environment in which social workers are situated affects the relationships that they then develop with the families they work with.
Regional Co-ordinator: Jessica McEwen
The South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership was formed in April 2015 and is a partnership between 7 organisations: County Councils, City Councils, Metropolitan Borough Councils, a Children’s Services Trust, and the University of Sheffield. Working together we deliver high quality training for social work students and qualified social workers in order to help them to develop the skills they need to work effectively in front line statutory services. Teaching Partnerships are part of the government’s broader strategy to strengthen the quality of practice learning and continuing professional development (CPD) among trainee and practicing social workers. The Teaching Partnership MA in Social Work, is delivered by the University of Sheffield, with a curriculum relevant to and informed by social work practice. We offer a career pathway and lifelong CPD and are working together as a partnership to respond to new Government initiatives such as the approved statuses for child and family practitioner and practice supervisor/leader, and to support our social workers through the new assessment and accreditation processes.
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