NEWS: Released Academic Paper

Knowledge, professional expertise and social work identities in challenging times: Making Research Count in 2017 | Blewett | Social Work and Social Sciences Review

Click HERE to access an academic paper which gives an interesting overview of MRC’s contribution to Knowledge and Professional Expertise in social work.  Link is below to cut and paste


Coming Up: MRC Salford Event

Food Practice in Residential Care: Findings from research

Date: TBC 2017

MediaCityUK, University of Salford

More information to follow soon, along with details on how to book your free place – watch this space!



EVENT: Development in Practice Learning: Key messages from research

Wednesday 24th May 2017, 12:00 – 16:00

Mary Seacole Building, Room 2.43, Frederick Road Campus, University of Salford

An opportunity to consider recent research and work undertaken with student social work workers and practice educators in the placement context. We will look at the sometimes differing perspectives of student and practice educator; the identification and facilitation of support needs for those students struggling with placement; experiences of the assessment process and more broadly consider how this may inform best practice in supporting professional social work placements.

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EVENT: Introducing Social Pedagogy: Collaborating with Individuals & Communities

Friday 26th May 2017, 09:15 – 13:00

MediaCityUK, University of Salford

Social Pedagogy is part of a Northern European hermeneutic tradition that seeks to involve individuals in the process of change as part of communities. At the heart of this approach is the use of holistic learning and relationships. In the UK its strengths based approach is increasingly being used to address solutions across the life course. This has resulted in the establishment of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) and development of occupational and practice standards.

The event is bringing together leading figures from academic and practice settings.  It provides an opportunity for participants from the social care, health, community and education sectors to share learning about the philosophy of Social Pedagogy and how its key concepts can be applied in the process of change.

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EVENT: Learning from research with and about children & young people in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the UK

Friday 28th April 2017, 12:30 – 17:00

MediaCityUK, University of Salford

Despite recent political and policy initiatives that have been designed to enable local and national opportunities for positive social action and change, members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities continue to face challenges relating to racism, forced assimilation and racial harassment. They continue to experience poorer life outcomes compared to the majority of society, with socio-economic deprivation being clearly related to the discrimination that is so frequently experienced and reported (University of Salford, 2017).

This event, chaired by Dr Joanne Westwood, is part of the University of Salford’s Making Research Count initiative. It is intended to provide delegates with ideas and opportunities to achieve lasting and sustainable change. Co-delivered with members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, practitioners and academics, this event will provide opportunities to:

  1. Learn about the diversity within Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
  2. Explore the value added in positive participatory social action
  3. Embrace opportunities to improve policy and practice with creative innovations in matters related to inclusion and social justice
  4. Share innovations and UK developments in safeguarding and child protection
  5. Establish opportunities for lasting change and improved outcomes

This event will be of interest to all who are committed to working to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people in the UK.

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EVENT: Understanding Abuse in Sport and Safeguarding Children

Friday 24th March 2017, 12:30 – 17:00

MediaCityUK, University of Salford

This event will explore the relationship between abuse and children’s participation within sport. Its backdrop is the ongoing inquiry into child sexual abuse within institutional settings and the recent disclosures of historical abuse within professional football.

It will seek to widen the debate about safeguarding children in sport, by drawing upon research and first-hand accounts from professional and community settings.   Jameel Hadi will explore the ‘invisibility of the child’ and safeguarding within sport:  Chris Green will share his study into junior academies within professional football;  Natalia Farmer provides an account based on her experience within junior elite tennis,  of how cultures of silence and complicity exist in relation to abuse in sport; Gloria Viseras,  the former Olympic gymnast,  will speak about her experience as a survivor of child sexual abuse and the tension between sport and child welfare.

The event will draw on wider research, investigations and first-hand accounts from community and professional provision, team and individual sport and will be of interest to professionals and people involved in the community, who have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children using sport and activities.

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EVENT: Dimensions of domestic violence: Perspectives from research

12:30 – 16:00, Tuesday 28th Febuary 2017

MediaCityUK, The University of Salford

UPDATE: More tickets are now available

This event considers different dimensions of domestic violence and identifies key messages from research in the area to inform and shape practice.

Dr Melissa Corbally from Dublin City University will present elements of her doctoral research on men’s stories of intimate partner violence, often a hidden and underreported dimension of domestic violence.  Dr Khatidja Chantler from the University of Central Lancashire will share her work on Forced Marriage legislation and particularly focussing on males.  Dr Annie Woods a social work practitioner in Salford, will present findings of her study where she carried out ethnographic research in local refuges.

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DOWNLOAD: ‘Social Media in Social Work Spaces’

Presentations from our ‘Social Media in Social Work Spaces’ event on Tuesday 31st January 2017  are now available to view and download from Slideshare.


SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Upcoming Events

Domestic Violence: Learning from narratives of recovery

Dr Melissa Corbally (Dublin City University); Dr Khatidja Chantler (University of Central Lancashire); Dr Annie Wood (Salford City Council),

Tuesday 28th February 2017, 12.30pm to 4.30pm,MediaCity.

Identifying and responding to sexual abuse in sport

Jameel Hadi (University of Salford); Gloria Viseras; Chris Green

Friday 24th March 2017, 12.30pm to 4.30pm, MediaCity

Learning from research with and about children and young people in the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Dr Dan Allen (University of Salford); Dr Cath Larkins (University of Central Lancashire)

Friday 28th April, 12.30pm to 4.30pm, MediaCity

Identifying, supporting and managing failing students in professional practice context

Dr Jo Finch (University of East London); Dr Clare Stone (University of Central Lancashire)

Wednesday 24th May 12.30pm to 4.30pm, MediaCity

Social Pedagogy

Joe Smeeton (University of Salford); Jameel Hadi (University of Salford); Dr Keiron Hatton (Portsmouth University)

Friday 26th May 2017, 9.30am to 12.45pm, MediaCity


EVENT: Social media in social work spaces: exploring opportunities and issues for social work practice

Social media use shows no signs of slowing down, it has become an ordinary and accepted part of our everyday lives. What can social media offer social work practice?

This event explores research about how social media has facilitated connections and networks between service users and practitioners, and identifies what we can learn from these to develop and enhance our practice, whilst also remaining alert to the complexities and risks inherent within these digital, permanent and global forms of communication. Participants will be invited to discuss their own experiences of social media use in practice, and reflect on how they might use social media in the future.

The event is free to attend and is on Tuesday 31st January, 12:30-16:00 at our MediaCityUK campus.

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