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Heidi Dix

Lecturer in Social Work


Heidi Dix

T: 01473 338619

Heidi has been a qualified social worker since 1997 and has experience of both adult and children’s services. She has worked in both the statutory and third sector provision within the following specialisms: Mental Health, Learning Disabilities, Substance Misuse, Fostering, Youth Services and since 2007 has worked as a manager within Suffolk’s Youth Offending Service (YOS). During this time she gained a Certificate in Management and Leadership, managed the Prevention Service and more latterly has been facilitating the development of effective, evidence-informed practice throughout the service where she continues to work on a part-time basis.

Heidi gained a teaching adults qualification in 1995 and qualified as a Practice Educator in 2005. She has experience of teaching in a range of settings and to students with differing levels of need. Within the university of Suffolk she acts as the Higher Education Institute Teaching Partnership Lead (Job-share) which is a new partnership between the University of Suffolk, the University of East Anglia and Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils which  promises a range of innovations including enhanced student placements and greater practitioner involvement in teaching and learning.

As a practicing social worker and member of BASW, Heidi is passionately committed to social justice. She is the safeguarding trustee for Outreach Youth, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation for young people who are LGBTQ.  Her interests include single gender work, the use of communication and relationship-based practice within social work practice and exploring effective ways of engaging young people within the youth justice system.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the British Association of Social Workers

Member of Centre for Social Work Practice

Health and Care Professions Council: Registered Practitioner SW 76531


From July 2013  - Consultant advisor to Unitas - a national charity that helps young people access, participate and progress in mainstream education and training.


November 2016 – National Youth Justice Convention in Milton Keynes– Joint workshop with Unitas regarding development of a Youth Justice foundation degree in partnership with University of Suffolk.

June 2015 - Practice Education Conference at University Campus Suffolk – delivered workshop: Utilising communication to explore risk in social work education: tools for supervision

November 2014 – Suffolk Youth Offending Service – presented scoping effective practice research

July 2013 – National Criminal Justice Conference in London – Paper presentation ‘Bringing Evidence Based Practice to life – Introduction to the IDEAS Model within Youth Justice’.

April 2013 – Suffolk Youth Offending Service Effective Practice Conference.

Organised, hosted and presented at conference.  Presented Effective Interventions Strategy and IDEAS Model (Meade and Dix 2012 Suffolk County Council)

November 2012 – National Youth Justice Board Conference in Birmingham. Seminar presentation ‘The application of evidence based effective practice in Youth Justice’.

March 2012 – Practice Education Conference at University Campus Suffolk – delivered workshop in partnership with service users exploring meaningful  service user and carer assessment in social work education.


Stephenson, M. & Dix, H. (2017) ‘Relationship Based Practice’ in Stephenson, M. & Allen R. (eds) Exploring Youth Justice. London: Unitas.

Plenty, J., Dix, H., and  Barley, L.  ‘Practice Education Network for Social Work (PENSW): Evaluation of an Online Resource’.  The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning 14(3).

Dix, H., 2016. Motivational interviewing and social work education: The power of relationship based practice. The Journal of Practice Teaching and Learning, 14(1), pp.59-72.

Dix, H., & Meade, J. (2013). In practice: Translating Research into Reality, In Stephenson, M. & Allen R. (eds) Youth Justice: Challenges to Practice, (2rd edn.) London: Unitas.


2017 – Qualitative research project to investigate the extent black students on the social work programme at UOS feel able to explore their different ethnicities and cultural experiences within the teaching and learning and assessment opportunities.

2015 - This evaluative research examines the use and purpose of an on-line practice Education Network for Social Work (PENSW), an online resource for practice educators, on-site supervisors, university tutors and social work placement providers.

2014 – Signs of Safety – 3 year longitude research project with Suffolk County Council – in progress

2013 – ‘Scoping and Supporting Effective Practice ‘– Partnership research project with Suffolk Youth Offending Service and University of Suffolk.