Hazel worked in social care settings for over 17 years before taking on her role at the University.
An ARU alumna, Hazel was a guest lecturer for a number of years before joining the staff team in January 2019 as a Senior Lecturer Practitioner in Social Work. After qualifying as a Social Worker she was employed in a variety of roles in Cambridgeshire. This included being a Kinship Assessor, providing fostering supervision for Kinship Carers, serving as the county Lead Officer for Private Fostering, and predominantly working in frontline children’s services. Within the Team and Unit models, Hazel gained experience of various functions including initial assessments, long term case supervision, court work, working with children who are looked after, and had line management responsibilities.
Within the Greater Cambridgeshire Social Work Teaching Partnership, Hazel reviewed all ARU social work academic modules with the lens of a practitioner and coordinated the development of the new curriculum content. She has regularly taught practice skills for undergraduate and postgraduate students at all three campus sites. Since 2021 Hazel has worked predominantly on the Step Up to Social Work course. Hazel is proud to support students as a Placement Tutor, a Personal Tutor, and as a Practice Educator.
Hazel has particular interests in relationship-based social work, father-inclusive practice, kinship networks, and reflective practice. She co-supervised the Social Work Student Summer Research Project 2020.
Hazel primarily teaches on all four modules of the Step Up to Social Work course at Cambridge. Hazel also contributes to teaching on the BA Social Work and MA Social Work courses at Cambridge and Chelmsford.