Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Rachel is the Course Leader for the Step Up to Social Work course. She is also a qualified Substance Misuse Practitioner.
Rachel began her social work career working for Cambridgeshire County Council in a children and families safeguarding team. She is experienced in a range of social work roles and responsibilities, including child safeguarding and protection, and working with children in the care system.
Rachel brings to ARU, her experience and understanding of the importance of critical reflection to practice, alongside her passion to make theory accessible to student Social Workers. She holds a particular interest in the emotional experience of vulnerability and intervention, encouraging students to explore the foundations of emotional reactions from service users towards social work intervention, alongside the impact of practice on practitioner emotions. Her MA dissertation focused on the impact of shame on caregiver engagement in child protection practice.
Prior to qualifying as a Social Worker, Rachel worked in residential children’s homes, Youth Offending Services and the Probation Service, becoming a qualified Substance Misuse Practitioner during her time working for Trafford Probation Service. She developed a volunteer mentor programme to support young people involved in offending and contributed to the development of restorative justice volunteer involvement during her time at Trafford.
After these roles in Criminal Justice, Rachel joined the Multisystemic Therapy team in Trafford, as a Multisystemic Therapist and Secondary Supervisor on one of the first UK pilot sites. Rachel developed her skills in working with families in crisis and engaging the whole family, alongside school, community and peer systems, to address concerns. Rachel brings her passion and understanding of Systems Theory in practice, alongside her experience of contextual safeguarding with adolescents and shares this with students within her work at ARU.