Developing Together Social Work  Teaching Partnership


Research Proposals


The Teaching Partnership is committed to developing opportunities for social work practitioners to be involved in collaborative research projects with academics at Kingston University. Partner organisations have put forward five research proposals that have been agreed by the Academics in Practice team.  The agreed research proposals are:

  • Outcome Measures: The impact of using outcome measures when completing assessments in  children and families social work
  • Practice Education: Exploring the motivation of practice educators in their career
  • Self Neglect: An exploration of social workers’ experiences of working with adults who self neglect
  • Restorative Group Supervision: An evaluation of the impact on social workers’ wellbeing through the delivery of restorative group supervision
  • Team Culture and Retention: The impact of practice supervision on organisational culture and retention

These proposals are in the process of being finalised and once work has commenced we will be providing regular updates and opportunities for getting involved.


Academics shadowing practice


The Teaching Partnership is currently connecting academics at Kingston University with front line practitioners to enable academics to shadow front line practice. These shadowing opportunities will strengthen the links between the University and our partner organisations and allow for academics to take their experiences of front line practice to inform their teaching with students.

If you are interested in providing an academic at Kingston University with an opportunity to shadow front line practice please contact the Teaching Partnership team at:


NameProfessional Expertise & InterestsAreas of Shadowing Interest
Dermot BradyPractice Education, Leadership and Management, Social Pedagogy, domestic violence and abuse, working with men, planning and delivery of training, post-qualification education.Anything to do with domestic violence and abuse, working with fathers, practice education
Maria BrentAdults/ Care Act, Self- Neglect Safeguarding, BIA, Mental Capacity, Dementia.Interested in observing Safeguarding Practice, Enquires, Case Conferences, Safeguarding Adults Reviews, MCA or BIA assessments, Assessments under the Care Act.
Aga BuckleyMental Health Adults, Safeguarding, Mental Capacity Act and DoLS/BIA, Mental Health Act and AMHP, Newly Qualified Social Workers and ASYE, Social Pedagogy.Interested in accessing/shadowing/taking part where appropriate (April/May 2019 earliest):
-BIA Assessments and/or observe DoLS Team work in practice
-AMHP Service work in practice
-Social Pedagogues in practice
-ASYE Programme delivery
David NilssonPractice experience in Australia: Adoption & Permanent care; Hospital Social Work; Allied Health management; Practice-research development. I have also taught specifically on supervision practice and organisational management. Health care/Hospital related practice


NameProfessional Expertise & InterestsAreas of Shadowing Interest
Keith DaviesYouth JusticeI would welcome the opportunity to observe court work and Pre-sentence Report Preparation
Carol DickenPractice Education; Interprofessional practice and education; Critical Analysis and Reflection; linking of social work theories and methods with practice. Interested in accessing drug and alcohol services but also any assessment, referral and intake teams for children & families or adults
Hayley PalfreymanPalliative care with children and adults. Preparing for professional practice in working with children and young people. Direct work with children. Children with disabilities and health needs. Post qualifying practice all levelsChildren with disabilities team
MASH team
Youth Work/Youth Offending
Any Children and Family Team
Christine SkiltonChildren and Families – Student learning, work experience preparation and partnership workingInterested in shadowing/participating in Children and Families Team. Including the Education Welfare aspect and Youth Justice