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Social Work Academy

Sinclair Coward Head of Academic Department, Social Work and Integrated Care at Buckinghamshire New University 
Jason Schaub, senior lecturer in Social Work and Integrated Care at Buckinghamshire New University 
Stan Henshaw, senior lecturer in Social Work and Integrated Care at Buckinghamshire New University 
David Johnston - Bucks County Council Director Children's Social Care & Learning 
Lin Hazell - Bucks County Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services 
Niki Clemo - Director Children's Social Care Cambridgeshire CouncilWe are proud of our Social Work Academy, an exciting collaboration between the University and Buckinghamshire County Council. The Social Work Academy’s goal is to improve and support the practice and knowledge of social workers and social work managers. The Academy aims to promote a learning culture linking theory with practice.

We share the multi-disciplinary research and expertise of our leading academics in social work, safeguarding, child nursing and education to support the Continuing Professional Development of qualified social workers and managers.

We are honoured that our academic staff are represented on both the local children and adult safeguarding boards for Buckinghamshire.

Bucks County Council LogoThe Social Work Academy is a clear demonstration of Buckinghamshire County Council’s commitment to the professional development of its social workers and social care workforce.

We are able to share our knowledge and expertise to help manage the sustained changes for children's social care policy. Bucks New University and Buckinghamshire County Council have established a formal partnership to:

  • Improve and support learning opportunities for social workers and social care managers.
  • Encourage a learning culture and encourage practitioners to continue to link theory and research with practice.
  • Build on the well-established Assessed and Supported Year of Employment programme for newly-qualified social workers.

This investment in social workers and social care workers will support the Council’s improvement journey and its key goal of achieving better outcomes for children in Buckinghamshire.

Take a look at our Social Work Programme, Advanced Home Visiting course or our Safeguarding Conference information.

Contact the Academy and find out more by calling 01494 603030 or emailing socialworkacademy@bucks.ac.uk 

Team photo: Sinclair Coward Head of Academic Department, Social Work and Integrated Care at Buckinghamshire New University, Jason Schaub and Stan Henshaw, both senior lecturers in Social Work and Integrated Care at Buckinghamshire New University, David Johnston - Bucks County Council Director Children's Social Care & Learning, Lin Hazell - Bucks County Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services, and Niki Clemo - Director Children's Social Care Cambridgeshire Council