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I took up my current post as Subject Leader in Social Work in February 2016; within this role I have responsibility for continued innovation and quality of the pre-qualifying social work programmes. I am a HCPC registered Social Worker. I qualified as a social worker in 2000 and spent a number of years working in a drug and alcohol service. During this time I completed a Masters degree in Drugs Intervention Studies. I also have experience of working within the Probation Service and in a hospital setting. Since joining the University in 2007 I have had a number of roles, including Placement Coordinator and Course Leader for the MSc Social Work. I sit within the Division of Social Care and Counselling and I contribute to teaching on the undergraduate and post graduate social work programmes.
I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research and the Centre for Applied Psychological Research.
I am cuurently working on my PhD which is looking at how social workers respond to parental drug and alcohol use in the context of child protection.
Heanue, K. and Lawton, C. (2012) Working with Substance Users . : Open University Press. ISBN 9780335245192
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am a registered social worker with the HCPC.
I have taught across a range of modules on the pre and post-qualifying social work programmes. Most of my teaching relates to substance use, practice learning and professional practice. As a Subject Leader I have been involved in the review and design of the curriculum, leading on a recent re-write of our programmes.