Lowis Charfe

Lowis Charfe

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA344

+44 (0) 1772 89 5406

lcharfe@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Social Pedagogy, Social Work, Social Justice Relational Practice and Organisational Change

Lowis' previous employment background has mainly been located within working with children and young people in a social work capacity. Lowis has an interest in supporting the development of social pedagogy in all areas of social work.  She is the co-author of the first social work book to focus on the use of social pedagogical practice.  She is also passionate about using social pedagogy as a way of supporting organisational and cultural change

Full Profile

Lowis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work, Care and Community and is Course Lead for the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership.  Over the last four years she has helped develop and taught on the BA in Social Pedagogy, Advocacy and Participation degree as well as the Introduction to Social Pedagogy module.  She has also taught on various social work programmes.

In the last ten years there have been exciting developments around the growing awareness and use of social pedagogy here in the UK. Alongside teaching Lowis is the co-author of the first book to link social pedagogy and social work practice here in the UK which was published in May 2019. She has run various training sessions around social pedagogy for several Local Authority teams and third sector organisations. She is also the lead for the UK partner team in the Erasmus funded Massive Open On-Line Course (MOOC) project, Social Pedagogy In Europe.  Headed by ThemPra, the project has developed a short on-line course looking at the role of social pedagogy across Europe.  Lowis is a member of the Social Pedagogy Professional Association and has previously sat on the board of trustees.  Lowis is a member of the Social Pedagogy Development network and is passionate about supporting the use of social pedagogy practice in social work and social care.

Lowis' background is as a social worker working predominantly with children and young people. Her first role was working for the Greater Manchester Probation Service as a Probation Officer for the Manchester City Youth Team. She was then seconded to the newly formed Youth Offending Team within the city, were she worked alongside social workers, police officers and youth workers in supporting young offenders.

From here Lowis spent a number of years working as a leaving care social worker for a large charity. She supported young people in their transition from being cared for to independent living and worked alongside families, foster carers, residential staff and local authority social workers. As part of her role, Lowis developed and ran a supported lodgings scheme which offered alternative accommodation to young people leaving care.  She also sat on the local homeless forum looking at accommodation and homelessness issues within the authority and attended multi-agency meetings with various focuses from benefits to health.

After supervising a number of third year social work students, her interest in social work training led her into teaching and prior to her current position she lectured to the BA social work students at the UCLan campus in Burnley.

Her areas of interest are dveleoping social pedagogy practice, values and ethics, relational practice as well as working with children and young people, the criminal justice system and social justice and social work.

Lowis enjoys teaching and supporting students with their journey through social work/social pedagogy training and seeing them develop areas of interest that hopefully lead to future careers within the social work arena.

Qualifications

MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People, UCLan, 2013

PGCE, UCLan, 2011

BA Hons in Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University, 1999

Memberships

Health Care and Professionals Council

British Association of Social Workers

The College of Social Work

Teaching

Lowis teaches on a range of courses from the BA Hons in Social Work, BA Hons in Children, Schools and Families, MA in Social Work, MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People.