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Jez Buffin

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Jez has a background in law and social work. He qualified as a social worker in 1991. He has practiced in the fields of substance misuse, mental health, homelessness and learning disability. Since coming to the University in 2000 he has specialised in practice near research using participatory and community engagement methodologies.

Jez is research active within the area of social work and social policy and is a member of the Centre for Citizenship and Community.

Research Activities

Since coming to the University in 2000, Jez has specialised in practice near research using participatory and community engagement methodologies. He has managed programmes of work with a range of so called 'hard to reach' communities including:

Black and minority ethnic groups

Faith groups, including Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist groups

Refugees and asylum seekers

Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered groups


Older people


Mental health service users

Substance misusers

People with learning disabilities

Such programmes have taken place in a number of different domains including substance misuse, mental health, the prevention of violent extremism, regeneration and the reduction of health and social inequalities.

Jez also manages a network of seldom heard groups (SpeakOut) on behalf of the Care Quality Commission.


McDonald B and Buffin J (2010) Working with Hackney’s Muslim Communities:
Mapping and Needs Assessment. Hackney Borough Council, Community Safety Partnership

Shah AK, Heginbotham C, Fulford B, Buffin J, Newbigging. The effectiveness of raising awareness event of the Mental Capacity act among representatives of ethnic minority communities. Ethnicity and Inequalities in Health and Social Care. 2010; 3 (3): 44-48.

Buffin J, Syed A, Hicks J, Mirza I (2010) Experience matters: a practical resource for Black and minority ethnic older people who want to get more involved in policy and decision making, International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion.

Buffin J, Ahmed N, Singh M (2009) Using a Community Engagement approach to ensure equality of access, experience and outcome from the IAPT programme in the North West of England

Buffin J, Mir Y, Mirza I, (2009) Khat: current views from the community around the UK – Findings from Community Engagement Forums, National Drugs and Race Equality Coalition

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MA (Module), Realist Evaluation, Leeds University, 2010

MA, Social Work, Lancaster University 1991

LLB, Law, Lancaster University, 1986


DMS , Diploma in Management Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1996

CQSW, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, Lancaster University, 1991


Member of NICE Community Engagement Programme Development Group (2007-2008)

Chair of Young Persons Task Group, Manchester Drug Action Team (1998 - 2000)

Research Activities

Jez has led on a number of practice near research projects using participatory and community engagement methodologies to engage 'hard to reach' communities in research programmes in difficult or taboo subject areas. Such programmes have included two large scale national community engagement programmes on behalf of the the Department of Health, one in the field of substance misuse and one as part of Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care.

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South Asian Final

Black African Final

Black Caribbean Final

Kurdish, Turkish Cypriot and Turkish Final

Chinese and Vietnamese Final