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Laura James

Outreach Educator, Academic Advisor
School of Social Work, Care and Community
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Laura supports the learning and development of apprentices studying towards their professional degrees within the School of Social Work, Care and Community, particularly focused in the subject of Social Work. Laura spent twelve years working with Children and Families before beginning her journey at the University of Central Lancashire and has been a Practice Educator for Social Work students for both BA and MA Social Work programmes.

Laura’s role at the University of Central Lancashire focuses on supporting a group of apprentices through their Social Work qualification journey; this includes assessing competencies against specific apprenticeship standards to ensure apprentices are ready to undertake their End Point assessments. Building relationships with stakeholders is a key part of the Outreach Educator role as quality assurance of work-based learning is a large focus of the role. Laura is also an Academic Advisor for the group of apprentices of whom she is Outreach Educator.

Laura has spent twelve years working within the social care sector, predominantly with children and families. Laura managed an Outreach support service within a Sure Start Children’s Centre prior to managing a centre and family support service within the Children and Family Wellbeing Service of a Local Authority, as a Senior Practitioner. Laura has led on areas of staff development which has been an interest of hers, in which assessment, intervention planning and domestic abuse were key themes. Within the role of Senior Practitioner, 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. In addition to this, Laura has been a Practice Educator for both BA and MA Social Work students within both Children and Adult focused placements; this has been a very rewarding role and was undertaken independently as well as it being a part of her other roles. Whilst studying for both her BA Hons Education and MA Social Work, Laura also worked within women’s refuges, with young people who had been excluded from mainstream education and with young offenders in a YOI setting.

  • MA Social Work, University of Central Lancashire, 2013
  • BA Hons Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Lancashire, 2011
  • Practice Education
  • Children's Mental Health