Nora is a registered social worker and academic with 18 years practice-based knowledge and experience, predominately in services for children and families. Since 2004 Nora has worked as an educator in Higher Education.
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
Nora’s work in the 1980s, as a family support worker in an inner London borough, offering support to prevent children entering care, provided the motivation to qualify as a social worker. As a mature student Nora obtained a sociology degree and Diploma in Social Work at the University of Bath and she returned to London to work in a children and families social work team. Her duties included offering family support and working with other agencies to protect children from abuse and harm. Nora also worked as a hospital social worker (specialising with disabled children), as an NSPCC social worker, setting up a project to safeguard girls being sexually exploited in London's West End, and as a manager of a 4-borough strategy project improving multi-agency responses to children who run away from home.
As an academic Nora has taught on undergraduate and master's social work 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. Currently Nora is the Course Lead for Social Work at the University of Suffolk.
Nora's research interests reflect her practice-based experiences and focus on improving understandings of professional dangerousness in child protection social work education and practice. Nora 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); Nora’s publications contributing to social work knowledge and practice, include:
Nora presented the youth homelessness research findings to the EU Commission, as part of an evidence-based policy conference -on youth and social inclusion. The presentation was titled: ‘Overcoming Biographical Disadvantages: Looking back and moving forward: What can be learned from listening to homeless young people?’ DG Research and Innovation Belgium: EU Commission
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This course prepares students at personal and professional levels for the requirements and expectations of social work. It prepares individuals to work in the public, private and voluntary sectors in posts which require professional social work skills.