Ruth Parkes

Lecturer in Work Based Learning

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Eden Building, ER326

5407+44 (0)1772 895407

Subject Areas: Social Work, Social Policy and Community Care

Ruth is part of the Work Based Learning Team in the School of Social Work. Her role involves teaching, allocating student placements, developing relationships with local stakeholders, and training Practice Educators/Supervisors.

Full Profile


Diploma in Probation Studies
BA (Hons) Community Justice, University of Manchester 2004
BA (Hons) Performing Art, Business Management and IT, University of Manchester 2000
Internal Verifier Award 2012
Assessor Award 2008
PGCert Researching Social Care

Ruth joined UCLan in October 2013.  Prior to this she worked for the Probation Service for 11 years. As a Probation Officer in Greater Manchester and Cumbria, Ruth worked mainly with people sentenced to medium/long term custodial sentences, both before and after their release from prison.

Ruth’s main areas of expertise are assessment, supervision and intervention with men convicted of sexual offences and domestic abuse.

Ruth also became a Practice Development Assessor, teaching Trainee Probation Officers and assessing their practice. Her training specialisms are the use of assessment and information gathering tools such as ViSOR, (the Violent and Sex Offender Register) and report writing for Court and other formal hearings.

Ruth is currently undertaking a PhD within the School of Psychology, exploring the experiences of criminal justice professionals who analyse sexual offending material.


Parkes, R., Graham-Kevan, N., & Bryce, J. (2018). "You don't see the world through the same eyes any more": The Impact of sexual offence work on Police staff. The Police Journal

Parkes, R., Graham-Kevan, N., & Bryce, J. (2018). ‘I put my “police head” on’: Coping strategies for working with sexual offending material. The Police Journal

Teaching Activities

Ruth teaches on the BA and MA Social Work in the areas of preparation for practice and professional skills development.


Reducing Reoffending and Improving Rehabilitation - April 24th 2014, GovKnow, 110 Rochester Row, London

Overcoming Barriers to Student Attainment - Nov 27th 2013, Westleigh Conference centre, Preston

Progress and Challenges in the Prevention of Sexual Abuse