Professor Joanne Westwood

Prof. Joanne Westwood

Head of School of Social Work, Care and Community

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Eden Building, ER101

+44 (0) 1772 89 3459

Subject Areas: Social Care, Social work

Joanne is a qualified social worker and her practice focussed on work with communities, families and with children. Joanne went onto advocacy and children’s rights services in local a local authority and managing large government funded preventative/community based services for children and young people. In 2007 Joanne became a Senior Lecturer and delivered social work education on qualifying and post qualifying programmes as well as undertaking her doctoral studies on child trafficking in the UK. Joanne was head of Social Work at the University of Stirling and Assistant Director of Society at the University of Salford.  Joanne joined UCLan in 2018 as Professor of Social Work Education and Head of the School of Social Work Care and Community. 


Full Profile

Joanne has led and contributed to a range of research and knowledge exchange activities focusing on children and young people’s welfare, digital and technological innovations and developments in social work education and in practice. Joanne supervises PhD and Professional Doctorate students on these and other related topics.


  • PhD (2010) University of Central Lancashire
  • MA Social Work (1998) University of Liverpool
  • PG Dip. Social Work (1998) University of Liverpool
  • BA (Hons) Social Policy and Administration: 1st Class (1996) University of Central Lancashire


Westwood, J. (in press, due for publication 2019) Social Media in Social Work Practice: Sage

Westwood, J. (2017) Childhood and Globalisation in (eds.) Maynard, T., and Powell S.  An Introduction to Early Childhood Studies.  Fourth edition. Sage.

Westwood, J., Campbell, A., Dill, K, and Shaw, A., (2017) Making it ‘APP’en: Service user feedback: Developing and implementing a Service User APP: reflections from Northern Ireland, England and Scotland Social Work Education: The International Journal Vol. 6, Issue 38.

Westwood, J. (2014) Children in Need of Support: Focus on Social Work Law. Palgrave Macmillan.


Joanne is a Fellow of the HEA (2013), and a member of JUC SWEC.

Teaching Activities

Joanne represents the School of Social Work Care and Community on the Faculty of Health and Well Being Executive Committee and is a member of the University Research and Innovation Committee.

Research Activities

Future skills: this research is based on work carried out for SSSC in 2016, concerning the skills social workers will need in the future.


Westwood, J. (2018) Social Media and Social Work Practice (Invited key note speaker) East Sussex social work and social media conference 27th November 2018

Westwood, J and Taylor A., (2018) (Invited speaker) Social Media and Ethics for SW practice :Blackburn Council June 12th 2018

Westwood, J., Allen, D., and Pepe (2018) Hi -Fidelity Simulation in Social Work Education: Evaluation of a Case Study Intervention:  European Social Work Research Association conference 18-20th April : 2018, University of Edinburgh.

Westwood, J., (Invited speaker) Stanley, N., Oram, S., Jakobowitz, S., Borschmann, R.,  Zimmerman, C., and Howard, L.M, (2017) Health needs of trafficked people in contact with health and support services in England. Making Research Count 24th November 2017 Cloth Hall Court, Leeds

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Hi Fidelity simulation in social work education. This collaborative project captured students views about their skills development using simulated case scenarios and is being developed with colleagues at UCLan for qualifying and post qualifying social work education.

2017: External Expert Panel for the new Digital Health and Care Strategy for Scotland
2017: Social Media Strategy: EASSW conference Paris, France June 26-29
2015 - 2016: SSSC Review of Social Work: Leadership in Social Work education: Principal investigator with Pemble, C. and Patterson, F.
2015 - 2016: SSSC Review of Social Work: Future Skills Principal investigator with Watson, I. and Needham, K.
2015 - 2016: SSSC Review of Social Work:  Standards in SW Education & Benchmarking for NQSW steering group consultant with Gillies, B. McLenachan, J. Daniel B. Engstrom, S. and Yule, N.
2015 - 2016: SSSC Conference: Thinking of the future: Innovations, ideas and developments for social work practice: lead organiser with Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Dundee
2015 - 2017: Queen’s University Belfast and Northern Ireland Social Care strategy: social media collaboration: social work service user feedback App with Campbell, A. and Dill, K.
2015 - 2017: Quarriers family support evaluation:  with Lucas, S. and Mirza, N.
2015 - 2016: University of Stirling Student Enhancement of Learning Fund:  Professionalism on Social Media (POSM): project lead with Matthews, P., McCall, V., Gibson, G., and Needham, K.
2014 - 2016: EU PEER project: UK information workstream lead