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Laura James

Lecturer in Social Work
School of Social Work, Care and Community

Laura is a registered social worker who worked with children, young people and families for twelves years prior to joining the university. Laura teaches a range of subjects across the BA and MA Social Work programmes, with specialist knowledge in the field of children and families. Alongside teaching, Laura's professional interests are practice education and supervision.

Laura currently teaches on the BA and MA Social Work programmes and specialises in the delivery of children and families social work. Prior to this role, Laura was a Social Work Outreach Educator within the School of Social Work, Care and Community, this role involved supporting and assessing social work apprentices in their work-based learning.

Laura has spent twelve years working within the social care sector, primarily with children, young people and their families. Prior to joining the university, Laura held management and supervisory roles within the Early Help sector. Laura is interested in staff development and the delivery of effective supervision for those working on the frontline with children, young people and families. Laura has led a number of staff development initiatives during previous roles and trained family support workers on effective assessment, intervention planning and establishing the child's voice within assessment. Within her role as Senior Practitioner of a child and family wellbeing service, Laura developed an emotional literacy programme for children which saw years of success and positive outcomes for children in respect of increased wellbeing and improved resilience.

Laura has been a Practice Educator for both BA and MA Social Work students within both Children and Adult focused placements; Laura found this to be a very rewarding role and one that aligns with her interests in work-based learning and social work supervision.