Simon Haworth

Simon Haworth

Department of Social Work and Social Care

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Simon Haworth recently joined the University of Birmingham as a Lecturer within the Department of Social Work and Social Care. He is involved in teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and post qualifying programmes and currently undertaking a variety of projects for the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership.

Prior to this appointment, Simon worked within the field of child protection and specialised in court-based social work. This culminated in working as an Advanced Practitioner and Principal Social Worker within the statutory children and families social work field.

In frontline practice, Simon specialised in a number of key areas including the legal journey of the child, neglect, sexual exploitation, physical abuse, engaging those considered challenging or hard to engage, and a variety of specialist assessments such as parenting and sibling assessments.

He is now happy to be pursuing a career within the academic field.


  • Certificate in Practice Education Stages 1 and 2, University of Birmingham, 2017
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Social Work with Children, Young People, their Families and Carers) with Merit, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • BA (Hons) Social Work – with First Class Honours, Ruskin College Oxford, 2010


Simon Haworth’s journey into the academic field has comprised a wealth of experience in frontline statutory children and families social work practice. He progressed from social worker through to Principal Social Worker within this challenging, but exciting field, with a consistent focus upon high standards of practice, practice that was informed, innovative and compassionate, and promoting the genuine involvement of children and young people, their families and carers. He remains a strong advocate of practice that is attachment-minded, systemic, analytical and strengths-based. Perhaps most importantly all Simon has done in frontline social work has remained child-centred, placing the experiences, views and needs of children as central to my practice, mentoring and supervision. He very much enjoyed working within these practice contexts.

Whilst working as an Advanced Practitioner and Principal Social Worker prior to his appointment here,  Simon oversaw and facilitated the professional needs and development of all social workers within his employing Local Authority to promote it as a learning organisation and high standards of practice within it. Furthermore, he acted as the lead on a number of salient practice issues and in the role of Principal Social Worker, acted as a critical support to the Local Authority as well as a bridge between frontline practice and strategic decision-making.

Simon now hopeful and enthusiastic about following a career pathway within the academic field. He remains fully committed to contributing to the development of exceptional social work practice from personal through to strategic levels within this professional context.  


  • BA Social Work
  • MA Social Work
  • Step Up Programme
  • Social Work PQ Programmes


Research interests

Simon Haworth a number of research interests that he wishes to pursue that relate to social work practice and how it is enacted. His first interest is around social work with single fathers. Other interests include how relationship based practice can be realised  within care proceedings, and culturally competent practice with Gypsy Roma and Traveller families, with specific focus upon the role of shame, anxiety and humiliation in social work practice with such minority communities.

Current projects

Simon is currently involved in researching practice education, continuous professional development and the establishment of practice frameworks within the region. Furthermore, he is part of a project exploring social work responses to radicalisation within the West Midlands.