Before coming to Keele, I completed my degree in childhood and youth studies at Edge Hill University. In 2014 I undertook an MA in social work at Keele. During this time, I acquired research skills; completed a dissertation; undertook two practice placement periods of 6 months; and was Student Academic Representative for the course. I have experience working with: refugee and asylum seekers; children and families including for Cafcass family court proceedings and delivering the Separated Parenting Information Programme (SPIP). I am trained to work as a Key Worker for the Government’ Building Resilient Families and Communities (BRFC) “Troubled Families” initiative.

My research interests include:

  • Media representations

  • Social welfare and the public discourse in the context of neo-liberal, austerity driven politics

  • Social constructions of online spaces

Research and scholarship

Title: Representations of Social Work in the Media: Public Knowledge and Understanding

Supervisor: Steven Shardlow

Summary: Heightened awareness of the social work profession is apparent in its increased presence, in both fictional and non-fictional television. The proposed study seeks to understand the extent of social work representation and address the impact of these depictions, both in terms of the public and professional perception.

Further information

I am a HCPC registered Social Worker, as well as a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).

  • Shardlow, S.M., Meredith, R., Bücher, C., Maddock, K., Morris, A., & Pooler, A., (2015). Interprofessional education for social workers. Paper presented at the 5th European conference for social work research (ECSWR), Re-visioning social work with individuals, collectives and communities - social work research, Ljubljana, Slovenia