Nora is a registered social worker and academic with 18 years practice experience predominately in services for children and families, and 13 years (from 2004) experience of teaching and learning in Higher Education.
Nora began her career as a family support worker in inner London where her role was to offer support to prevent children entering care. As a mature student Nora went on to obtain a sociology degree and Diploma in Social Work and returned to working in a children and families team in a London suburb undertaking a range of duties including child protection investigations, family support activities, court and adoption work. Nora also worked as a hospital social worker (specialising with disabled children), as an NSPCC social worker responding to girls being sexually exploited in London's West End and then as a manager of a 4-borough strategy project improving multi agency responses to young runaways.
As an academic Nora has taught on undergraduate and master's programmes, leading and teaching modules including effective communication, assessment, protection and planning and human growth and development. She has also delivered readiness for practice and skills programmes and coordinated practice learning opportunities.
Writing and research
Nora's research interests reflect her practice experiences. She has undertaken evaluations for local authorities, co-authored two editions of a child protection textbook (used as a core text on social work courses throughout England), and contributed to a 3-year research project involving young homeless people as co researchers, looking at life trajectories of young homeless people in 4 European countries. Nora's doctorate level study focuses on improving understandings of professional dangerousness in child protection social work education and practice.
Smith, J., Duckett, N. and Menezes, F. (2015) ‘Running to the Future: Youth inequalities, homelessness and Points of reinsertion’ in A Kamp and A Kelly Critical Youth Studies in the 21st Century. Leiden, NL: Brill Books
Duckett, N. (2010) Testing Early Intervention Models report. Work Package 10. Cities Institute, London Metropolitan University, UK
Co–author with Ecotec Research and Consulting for the Government Office for London (GOL) A report on the young runaways situation in London (2010)
Smith, J. and Duckett, N. (2009) Thematic Report 3: Capabilities and resilience among homeless youth populations
Co–author with Dr Sinclair Coward for the London Borough of Islington An evaluation of LB Islington’s Intensive Community Support Packages (2008)
Consultant for the London Borough of Islington’s eligibility criteria for children with disabilities (2006).
Consultant to BBC1 Real Story – a drama documentary looking at how one sexually exploited and vulnerable teenager was failed by a system meant to protect her and the lessons that must be learnt from her story. Broadcast on Tue 29 Aug 2006
EU Commission (2011) Evidence-based policy conference - youth and social inclusion. ‘Overcoming Biographical Disadvantages Looking back and moving forward: What can be learned from listening to homeless young people?’
* MA in Education - London Metropolitan University
* PG Cert Teaching and Learning - London Metropolitan University
* Advanced Diploma in Social Work Practice Teaching with Practice Teaching Award - Middlesex University
* PG Cert Systems Approaches to Work with Families and Organisations - Tavistock Centre and University of East London
* PG Cert Using Art and Play in Therapeutic Work with Children - University of Roehampton
* Diploma in Social Work - University of Bath
* BSc (Hons) Sociology and Social Work - University of Bath
* British Educational Research Association (BERA)
* Higher Education Academy (HEA)
* Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
* British Association of Social Workers (BASW)
* Social Work Action Network (SWAN)