Past events

The following events were hosted by the Social Work Academy and contain further information and background reading.

Leading gender and sexuality in social work - 14.02.2017

Speaker: Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Middlesex University

Trish's presentation can be viewed online

Restorative practice: Transforming the culture of children's services - 02.03.2017

Andy Lloyd, Head of Service - Workforce Development, Leeds City Council  

This session explored the concept of restorative practice and how this has become the default behaviour in Leeds Children’s Services when working with families. Restorative practice is different from restorative justice, although there are similarities between the two. Restorative practice focuses on building, maintaining and repairing relationships and is based on a commitment to working with people rather than doing things to them or for them. Restorative practice requires an atmosphere of high support and high challenge.

Andy Lloyd qualified as a social worker nearly 30 years ago and worked in statutory and third sector organisations before spending 7 years working in two of the three Universities in Leeds. He has been the Head of Children’s Workforce Development for four years.

View the Restorative Practice presentation slides (PDF)

Putting yourself in our shoes: young people’s perspectives on professional support after child sexual violence - 27.04.2017

Camille Warrington, University of Bedfordshire, Institute of Applied Social Research

View the Putting yourself in our shoes event on Panopto.

The organisational conditions for better practice: Pride, shame, and authenticity  - 07.06.2017

Matthew Gibson, Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Birmingham

This workshop considers the formal and informal conditions for good social work practice.

It reports on findings from a research study into how social workers feel about doing their work and how this influences their commitment, motivation, and creativity in practice. It considers how pride and shame are central to the conditions for creating, guiding and changing the practice in an organisation. It demonstrates how these emotions can be managed within organisations so that social work teams create the informal conditions to continually improve what the social workers do and how these emotions can lead to practise that hides, resists, and challenges the intentions of management and potentially leads to a demotivated and destabilised workforce.

 View The organisational conditions for better practice event on Panopto.

Values Based Practice and Mental Health Assessment - 12.10.2016

Materials linked to Masterclasses delivered by Professor Bill Fulford in conjunction with Tamsin Waterhouse