School of Social Work, Care and Community
Harrington Building, HA315
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Jo Cunningham is Head of School of the School of Social Work, Care and Community. She has been at the University since 1998 and has undertaken various roles in social work throughout that time. Prior to that she worked as a social worker with children and families. Her current research interests include street sex work and service provision. Jo's teaching is around sociology and social work, theories, methods and practice.
Jo is a member of the School management team and chairs the School Teaching, Learning and Quality committee and the Practice Issues Panel. She is closely involved with a range of teaching and learning and quality assurance initiatives in the School. One of her roles is to liaise with the professional body for social work and ensure quality assurance functions are fulfilled. Jo is also a member of the School's Fitness to Practise committee.
Jo's research interests have included asylum policy, child death and childhood accidents and more recently street sex work and service provision. She has co-written a text book for student social workers on sociology and social work. Jo has recently completed a research project with a local agency that works closely with street sex workers.
Masters in Social Work and Social Care, Bradford University 1998
Postgraduate Certificate Education (PGCE), Huddersfield University 1993
BSc (Hons) Sociology and Applied Social Studies, with first class honours, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic 1989
Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic, 1989.
Cunningham, S. & Tomlinson, J. (2005) 'Children, social policy and the state' in Lavalette, M. and Pratt, A. (2005) Social Policy, a conceptual and theoretical introduction, London, Sage
Cunningham, J. & Cunningham, S. (2008) Sociology and Social Work, Exeter. Learning matters,
Cunningham, J. & Cunningham, S. (2007) ‘An ‘Offer They Can’t Refuse’: Destitution or Despair? A commentary on the implementation of Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004’ Critical Social Policy, 27, 2, May
Jo's research interests have included asylum policy, child death and childhood accidents, and more recently street sex work and service provision. She has co-written a text book for student social workers on sociology and social work. Jo has recently completed a research project with a local agency that works closely with street sex workers. Formerly, Jo was the project lead for a Skills for Care funded project around sustainability in practice learning. Along with Steve Hicks, Jo was also a researcher on a Child Death project, funded by the NSPCC and led by Professor Corinne May-Chahal (formerly Wattam).
Jo has taught on a wide range of modules. Her current teaching is as follows:
Sociology and Social Problems for social workers – Level 1 BA (Hons) Social Work
Context of Care – MA Social Work
Preparation for Practice - level 1 BA (Hons) Social Work
Contribution to the Issues module Level 2 BA (Hons) Social Work
Jo's main teaching interests are around theory and method, sociology for social workers, values and anti-oppressive practice; social issues and social work.
Over the past ten years Jo has developed links with Aarhus University in Denmark. This has involved collaboration with Danish colleagues who run the parallel social work training course at the School of Social Work in Aarhus.
Jo is currently external examiner for the University of Chichester.