Department:School of Education & Social Care
Location: Peterborough (Guild House)
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Gavin is a (part-time) Senior Lecturer and doctoral candidate with Anglia Ruskin University. He is also an Independent Practice Educator; (part-time) Senior Social Worker and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) for the local authority and NHS.
Gavin began his professional social work career as a local authority Forensic (Mental Health) Social Worker in 2001, before going on to work in private-sector secure-hospital settings as a Senior Forensic Social Worker. He then took on Head of Department roles, before broadening his experiences in other fields via positions in Early Intervention Services (Psychosis), Child Protection and Discharge Planning (Addenbrookes hospital).
In 2006, Gavin started working in part-time educator and social work roles with Anglia Ruskin University/University of East Anglia, and across local authority mental health settings before undertaking a substantive (part-time) role with Anglia Ruskin University in 2009. In 2015, he joined a local authority community mental health team where he works (part-time) as a senior practitioner and AMHP.
Gavin's research is in the learning and teaching of theories in social work education with a view to offering the ABC Theory Model © to support practice educators and student social workers in developing their comprehension, and application, of theories both within education and the workplace.
Gavin is module leader for ‘Theories and their Application to Practice’ and ‘Social Work with Adults’ for BA Student Social Workers; and for ‘Practice Education & Supervision in Social Work’ which is a required CPD (Continuous Professional Development) qualification for qualified practitioners who want to support and assess student social workers on their practice placements.