Personal profile

Personal profile

I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and the Course Lead for the MSc Social Work.  I also co-lead the Department of Law and Criminology's Health and Social Care research cluster.  Before joining Royal Holloway in 2015, I practiced as a social worker 2002-2017 (part time 2015-17) in children's services, adult social care, the NHS and homelessness services in both Dublin and London and I continue to volunteer weekly at a homelessness charity. I am qualified as a Best Interests Assessor and Practice Educator.  

My research and teaching interests include adult social care and safeguarding policy and practice, particularly in relation to people who are homeless. My teaching runs across our BSc Social Science, MSc Social Work and MSc Advanced Practice.  In 2023/24 I will teach predominantly on the following modules: SW3013 Housing and Homelessness: Perspectives, Policy and Practice; SW5022 Law and Policy for Social Workers; HC5915 Working with Complexity & Safeguarding: Advanced Practice with Adults. 

I recently concluded a consultancy project relating to Discriminatory Abuse in partnership with the Partners in Care and Health Programme in the Local Government Association and the charity Research in Practice.  I am currently working on a project to scale up this work on discriminatory abuse with colleagues Dr. Jane Healy and Ros Dray from Criminology and Social Work at University of Bournemouth.  I am also currently working on a British Academy-funded research project on the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court in Safeguarding Adults practice alongside Dr. Philip Bremner from Law at RHUL and Dr. Daniel Bedford from Law at University of Portsmouth.  My ongoing PhD study relates to the perspectives of people who are homeless in relation to their care and support needs and how these are met. 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an external examiner for social work programmes at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Hull.  I am a member of the Advisory Group on Discriminatory Abuse hosted by the Local Government Association's Care and Health Improvement Programme.  I joined the editorial board for the journal 'Practice: Social Work in Action' in April 2023.  I am also on the Organising Committee for the International Sexuality and Social Work Conference (for conferences in 2022, 2023 and 2025).  I am currently undertaking two consultancy projects: firstly co-chairing a Safeguarding Adult Review for an English local authority with Dr. Adi Cooper, OBE and secondly scoping how multiple exclusion homelessness is addressed in social work education with Jess Harris at the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King's College London.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

20 Mar 2019

Award Date: 20 Mar 2019

Social Work, MSc Advanced Practice, Royal Holloway, University of London

1 Jun 20111 Jan 2015

Award Date: 1 Jun 2015

Best Interests Assessor Qualification, PG Cert Best Interests Assessor, Bournemouth University

1 Jan 20111 Jun 2011

Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

Social Work, National Qualification in Social Work (Ireland), National Social Work Qualification Board

1 Jun 2002

Award Date: 1 Jun 2002

Social Work, Bachelor in Social Studies, Trinity College, University of Dublin

1 Sept 19981 Jun 2002

Award Date: 1 Jun 2002

External positions

External Examiner Mentor, Leeds Beckett University

1 Nov 20221 Nov 2024

External Examiner, University of Hull

1 Sept 202130 Aug 2025

External Examiner, Leeds Beckett University

1 Sept 201931 Aug 2023

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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