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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).
Social Work - BA (Hons)
MA Social Work
Tavistock & Portman Clinic (awarding body University of East London).
Thames Valley University
Polytechnic of North London
Polytechnic of North London
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.
West London Partnership & RHL
Supporting student learning, seminars, lecturers. Running training sessions for students
Child Protection Conference chairing safeguarding meetings for Children in Need, Auditing files and providing consultation.
Delivery of multi-disciplinary level 1 - 3 training
Delivery of training to Evangelical church
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Setting up new service, recruitment & training of staff, implementing new Criminal Justice Act. Liai-son with external agencies. Briefings to magistrates on implications.
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.
Supervising young people at play schemes ran games and organised activities.
Worked for various Authorities, with adolescents and disabled children and adults
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.
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.