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Dr Arlene Weekes

Dr Arlene Weekes

weekesa@lsbu.ac.uk

Social Work, Community and Public Health

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9559-7940

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I qualified as a social worker in 1990, I have a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Studies, a Diploma in Management Studies, the Practice Teacher Award, and a Doctorate in Social Work from the Tavistock & Portman Clinic (awarding body University of East London). I joined the School of Health and Social Care in 2021, teaching Readiness for Direct Practice.

Due to my practice experience, I am passionate about supporting students and practitioners I have a zeal for creating interactive teaching environments, which responds to the needs of all students, those in the classroom and learners in the workplace through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

My main research interests include anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice and how values and beliefs influence decision-making. My PhD research was an investigation of biographic and professional influences on decision-making.

My current research interests focus is developing a psychometric tool to explore the effectiveness of personal and professional judgements (EPPJ).

Courses taught

Social Work - BA (Hons)

MA Social Work

PhD Social work

Tavistock & Portman Clinic (awarding body University of East London).

2015
2021
Diploma Management Studies

Thames Valley University

1991
1993
BA(Hons) 2:1

Polytechnic of North London

1986
1990
Certificate Qualification in Social Work

Polytechnic of North London

1986
1990
Practice Teaching Award

Brunel University

2000
2000
SGO & CP Service Manager
Essex County Council

Operational management for the SGO and connected persons assessment team and SGO support services. Management responsibility for 35 permanent staff and independent assessment writers. Main-taining service standards and compliance to legislation and guidance. Budget management. Strategic management and service development. Auditing, training and chairing resource panel. Responsible for services Adoption Support Fund.

2020
2022
Other public sector
Practitioner Lecturer - Practice Educator
Harrow Council

West London Partnership & RHL

Supporting student learning, seminars, lecturers. Running training sessions for students

2017
2019
Education
Child Protection Conference Chair
Harrow Council

Child Protection Conference chairing safeguarding meetings for Children in Need, Auditing files and providing consultation.

2014
2020
Other public sector
Local Safeguarding Board Trainer
Harrow Council

Delivery of multi-disciplinary level 1 - 3 training

Delivery of training to Evangelical church

2015
2020
Other public sector
Operational Manager
In the Spirit Limited

Setting up and managing National pilot Social Work Practice in LB of Hillingdon

Supervision 10 staff, contract managing, member of LSGB & Corporate Parenting Board, liaising with DCSF and Tribal. Attending and participating in shared learning events, liaising with evaluators

2009
2012
Commercial/industry
Consultant Family Placement Service Manager
Harrow Council

Operational management for the fostering, family link and adoption services. Management responsibility for 20 permanent staff and independent assessment writers. Maintaining service standards and compliance to legislation and guidance. Budget management. Quality assurance for work presented to Fostering & Adoption panels, Panel Advisor. Lead for service and staff restructure.

2006
2007
Other public sector
Children Service Manager
Hertfordshire County Council

Operational management of all aspects of childcare. Direct line management of 11 team managers and responsibility for 80+ staff. Performance management. Maintaining service standards and compliance to legislation and guidance. Budget management. Adoption panel member. Change management. Adoption Panel Vice chair

2003
2006
Other public sector
Leaving Care Team Manager
London Borough of Brent

Operational management of leaving care team. Line management of 13 staff. Development of new service. Training of team and other members of the department. Writing of new policies and proce-dures. Change management. Liaison within internal and external agencies, setting up housing pro-jects. Budget management. Performance management. Foster panel member

1999
2002
Other public sector
Practice Teacher Co-ordinator & Training Manager
NCH Action for Children, London Region

Development of new practice teaching department. Liaison with all local teams to identify training needs of their individual services and team members. Liaison with senior managers and universities and colleagues to commission training programmes. Deliver training course. Individual staff mentoring. Desiring training programmes for department. Placement officer.

1998
1999
Third sector/charities
Associate Lecturer & College lecturer
Open University, North London University, C of NW London & Kingsway College

Worked as a part-time lecturer and the above places of learning. Lecturing to undergraduates and access students preparing to become social workers. Devise programmes of learning and lectured on all aspects of childcare legislation, placement officer & marking of assignments.

1996
2001
Education
Project Manager
London Borough of Brent & NCH Action for Children

Setting up new service, recruitment & training of staff, implementing new Criminal Justice Act. Liai-son with external agencies. Briefings to magistrates on implications.

1994
1998
Third sector/charities
Probation Officer
Middlesex Area Probation Service

Case management, prison visits, report writing. Setting up of Drop - in Centre. Co-working child pro-tection cases. Attending court. Worked in Feltham Remand Centre.

1990
1994
Other public sector
Youth & Playworker (unqualified)
Kensington & Chelsea Youth Service

Supervising young people at play schemes ran games and organised activities.

1983
1989
Other public sector
Residential Social worker (unqualified)
Reliance Social Care Agency

Worked for various Authorities, with adolescents and disabled children and adults

1986
1989
Other public sector
Independent Panel Chair
Various Agencies

Reading panel papers (CPR, PFCR, Form F, Matching reports), Preparation of annual reports, attend & facilitate training, liaison with Agency Decision-maker, panel advisor and other agency staff, ratify panel minutes, and undertake member annual reviews. Chairing Panels.

2006
Other public sector
British Association of Social Workers
2006
Social Work England
2019

Filter publications

The biographic and professional influences on adoption and fostering panel members' recommendation-making
Weekes, A. (2022). The biographic and professional influences on adoption and fostering panel members' recommendation-making . Adoption & Fostering. 45 (4), pp. 382-397. https://doi.org/10.1177/03085759211058359

Rethinking fostering and adoption panels’
Weekes, A. (2021). Rethinking fostering and adoption panels’.

There’s no such thing as non-judgemental
Weekes, A. (2021). There’s no such thing as non-judgemental.