Stephen Gethin-Jones

Dr. Stephen Gethin-Jones

Principal Lecturer Academic lead for Social Work

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Harrington Building, HA344

+44 (0) 1772 89 5464

Subject Areas: Social Work, Social Policy, Social Care

Stephen’s previous employment background was mainly located within Children’s and Adult Services; as a senior manager and social worker within various Community settings in the north-west. Stephen has a specialist interest in home care and support services. Stephen has been involved in the development of services for numerous client groups and is a company director of a private care agency.

Full Profile

Stephen has been in practice within social work since he qualified in 1993. In this period he has worked within children’s, mental health and forensic services, and held both practitioner and senior management positions. Stephen’s first social work experience was as a probation officer within the court services dealing with the production of welfare reports in civil cases where the custody of the child was in dispute and often involved him liaising with child protection services, which led to his eventual move away from court services to social services.

Stephen’s child care experience has included work within a psycho-dynamic therapeutic community dealing with children experiencing emotional distress as a result of physical and predominantly sexual abuse. Stephen has also operated as an emergency out of hours social worker responsible for making the initial assessments on child abuse referrals. This experience within children’s services was later extended to include a specialist liaison role between adult mental health services and child protection service. This role involved him acting as a bridge between the social workers who practiced with the parents experiencing mental health problems and their colleagues who were responsible for the care of the child. These roles lead to Stephens’s involvement with forensic services where he had special responsibility for mentally disordered offenders who had committed sexual abuse offences and were also diagnosed with a severe and enduring mental illness or psychopathic disorder.

Stephen’s last front-line position was as a senior clinical social worker responsible for the management of complex cases and the supervision of newly qualified social workers and social work students. This role led to his eventual move into team management and senior operational management. As a senior manager he was responsible for community mental health teams employing multi-disciplinary staff and managers from both health and social work backgrounds. Stephen’s current social worker role is as the director and co-owner of a small private supported housing company responsible for the provision of supported housing to young and older adults experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems. This project was developed from a genuine desire to improve the living situations of this client group in response to the poor provision in existence at this time.


  • Professional Doctorate in Social Work, University of Cardiff,2012
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Studies, University of Sheffield, 2010
  • MSc Mental Health Practice, University of Manchester,2007
  • BSc Social Science, Open University,1993 

Professional qualifications

  • University Certificate of Teaching, University of Central Lancashire,2013
  • Certificate in Management, Institute of Leadership and Management,2006
  • Post Qualifying Award Social Work, University of Salford ,2006
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Mid Kent College,1992


Gethin-Jones, Stephen (2012) Outcomes and Well-being: A comparative longitudinal study of two models of homecare delivery and their impact upon the older person self-reported subjective well-being. A qualitative overview, Part 2. Working with Older People, 2 . ISSN 2042-8790

Gethin-Jones, Stephen (2012) Outcomes and Well-being: A comparative longitudinal study of two models of homecare delivery and their impact upon the older person self-reported subjective well-being, Part 1. Working with Older People, 1 . ISSN 2042-8790 

More Publications


Research Methods (Masters Social Work)

Research Methods (Masters Children, Family and Health)

Research Methods (2nd year Undergraduate, Community Studies)

Critical Issues in Practice (2nd year Undergraduate, Social Work)

British Politics (year 1 Undergraduate, Social Work)

Mental Health Law (1st year Undergraduate, Social Work)

External Activities

Senior Lecturer, University of Bolton

Operations Manager, Assertive Community Services

Senior Practitioner / Approved Social Worker, Community Mental Health Team,

Liaison Child Protection Mental Health Social Worker

Family Court Welfare Probation Officer, Lancashire Probation Service

Therapy Support Workers, Caldecott Children’s Psychodynamic Community


‘Outcomes and Wellbeing’. Delivered at the 1st European Conference, Social Work & Social Care Research: Innovation, Interdisciplinary & Impact at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University. 23-25th March 2011 (Peer reviewed)

‘Problems in Practice - Practice Programmes'. Presented at the University of Bolton – Teaching & Learning Conference June 2009.

‘An Evaluation of Well-being’. Presented to the UK Making Research Happen Forum Kings College London (2012)


Member of the Health Care Professions Council


Human lifespan development: from early year’s child development to older age adults

Study of subjective well being

Development of practitioner relationships with clients

Evidence based Social Work practice