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.