Su McCaughan

Su McCaughan is a lecturer in Social Work (Practice Learning) and registered with her professional body Social Work England SW81506.  Her practice career includes 20 years’ experience in Criminal Justice, as a probation officer specialising in working with perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse.

Su joined the University of Salford in 2006 and is a Practice Teacher Award holder and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2009, Su was awarded the PgCert in Higher Education and Research.

Su’s research reflects a focus in practice education as she supports students in their practice placement, a requirement of the professional qualification. She also teaches and supports qualified social workers in their role as practice educators under Practice Educator Profession Standards (PEPS).

Previous research projects include contributing to ‘Strengthening employer engagement in the planning, development and delivery of social work education’ for Skills for Care and CWDC (2010); three evaluations of the role of social work students with the Princes Trust (2009, 2010, 2012) and ‘Promoting diversity and inclusiveness in dementia services in Salford’ for Salford CVS (2017).

Since 2018 Su has been involved in a national research project. The Department for Education (DfE) commissioned a consortium led by IFF Research, working with social work academics at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford, to conduct a longitudinal study tracking the careers of local authority child and family social workers in England over five years. The landmark new study aimed to collect robust evidence on recruitment, retention and progression in child and family social work by tracking individuals over a five-year period. Wave 2 of the study has been completed.

Externally Su is the Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Social Work Academy (GMSWA) Practice Learning Steering Group

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Social Work Practice Education, Non-Traditional Placements, Social Work Recruitment and Retention