Garfield qualified as a social worker in 1995 (Dip.SW) and whilst in practice worked in organisations across the statutory, voluntary and private sectors in residential childcare, fostering, adoption, leaving care and child protection. He also achieved his post-qualification in child care (BA Hons) whilst in practice. Garfield is an experienced trainer and group facilitator, specialising in anti-discriminatory/oppressive/racist practice, equality and diversity, leaving care and safeguarding children. He has a particular interest in student feedback and engagement. Garfield has since gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PgCAP) and is currently studying part-time for an MA in Educational Studies.
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Garfield is module leader for the Psychological Approaches to Human Behaviour and Lifespan Development and Preparation for Social Work Practice modules (both at level 4). He also supervises Year 3 dissertation students and contributes his expertise across other modules on the social work programme, as well as midwifery/nursing modules (child protection/safeguarding).
Garfield has particular interests in outcomes for fostered and adopted children and care leavers. He also has interests in student feedback and engagement; however, his main focus at this time relates to ‘black’ history and the decolonisation of the education curriculum.
SWAN conference (2018) – Essex University, Southend. Co-presented research findings “Anti-racist social work practice” with Dr. Sue Hollinrake.
‘Early Interventions’ – in: Boggis, A. (Ed) (2018) Dis/abled Childhoods: A Transdisciplinary Approach. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 141-161
Hollinrake, S., Hunt, G., Dix, H. and Wagner, A. (2019) "Do we practice (or teach) what we preach?" Developing a more inclusive learning environment to better prepare social work students for practice through improving the exploration of their different ethnicities within teaching, learning and assessment opportunities. Social Work Education (international Journal), 38 (5) pp.582-603.
Garfield is an active member of his local community, residing on panels related to equality and diversity, contributing to Black History events in recent years, advocating for equal rights and sharing his knowledge on local radio.
Garfield and a small team are currently in collaboration with an assistant professor at Sacramento University, California, planning an international conference in relation to the decolonisation of the curriculum.
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