School of Social Work, Care and Community
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Michael joined the School of Social Work in October 2006 and within his remit provides regular contributions to teaching across a number of programmes within the School of Social Work, Care and Community. Michael’s particular teaching areas include substance misuse, youth justice, social policy and sociology. Michael is currently the academic lead for Year Two of the BA (Hons.) Community and Social care programme as well as Course Lead for the Post Graduate Certificate in Substance Misuse.
Michael’s experience within social care has focused in the areas of Youth Justice, Substance Misuse and Homelessness. Employed by criminal justice charity ‘Nacro’ for a ten year period, between 1993 and 2004, initially experience was gained within that organisations Housing Directorate, working with homeless 16-24 year olds in a variety of settings, including, Hostels and Supported Housing. Transferring to Nacro’s ‘Crime and Social Policy Section’ in 2000 Michael undertook Project Coordination, involving the development and implementation of Restorative Justice processes within Youth Offending Services before a further transfer to Nacro’s ‘Research and Evaluation Section in 2002.
As a Senior Research Officer with Nacro between 2002 and 2004, Michael had responsibility for delivery of a variety of research projects within the North West region including Home Office funded research evaluating drug testing in the criminal justice system (HORS286). Returning to Social Work practice in 2004 Michael worked, until joining the Department of Social Work in October 2006, in Youth Offending Teams across Merseyside, specialising in the areas of Restorative Justice and preventative services. Additional to practice and research based employment experience, between 2000 and 2006 Michael also taught regularly within the Criminal Justice Department at Liverpool John Moores University.
BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies (Liverpool John Moores University)
PG Cert. Criminal Justice (Liverpool John Moores University)
Diploma in Social Work (Liverpool John Moores University)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Certificate of Higher Education in Marketing (Manchester Polytechnic)
2012 : The Political Context of Social Work (forthcoming in: Worsley, A. et al (eds),(2012) Key Concepts in Social Work, London, Sage.)
General areas of interest relate to research into aspects of drug misuse, youth justice, restorative justice and homelessness. Research project involvement includes:
2000: Evaluation of a multi-agency approach to reducing anti-social behaviour within Halewood, Merseyside – Evaluative research project commissioned by Safer Merseyside Partnership exploring the effectiveness of Merseyside based project funded to address issues of school exclusion and neighbourhood ASB.
2001: Crack Cocaine: preliminary report on the needs of crack cocaine users in Liverpool and the Wirral – Research commissioned by Liverpool & Wirral Drug Action Team and undertaken by the Department of Social Work at Liverpool John Moores University.
2002- 2004: Evaluation of Drug Testing in the Criminal Justice System (HORS182) –– Home office commissioned research and undertaken by Matrix/Nacro.
2003-2004: Evaluation of Wirral Communities Against Drugs and Street Crime Initiative – Evaluative research project commissioned by Wirral Drug Action Team and undertaken by Nacro.
• SW2005 - Drugs in Society (BA Care, Community and Citizenship Year 2)
• SW3017 - Crime and Society (BA Care, Community and Citizenship Year 3)
• SW3726 - Youth Matters (BA Care, Community and Citizenship Year 3)
In addition to module leadership, Michael also contributes to teaching in the areas of substance misuse, youth justice, social policy and sociology across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the school.