School:Education and Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Gavin is the Social Work CPD Lead and works alongside local authorities, in promoting post-graduate education and training with a practice focus for rights, independence and inclusion. Gavin is Course Leader for the MSc Advanced Social Work and Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) courses.
Gavin began his social work career as a local authority Forensic (Mental Health) Social Worker in 2001 and went on to work in secure-hospital settings before broadening his experiences via positions in Early Intervention Services (Psychosis), Child Protection and Discharge Planning (Addenbrookes Hospital). Gavin joined ARU in 2009.
Gavin's research is in evaluating the Blended Context Theory Model which he introduced to support practice educators and student social workers in developing comprehension, and application, of theory with social work practice.
Gavin is Course Leader for the MSc Advanced Social Work course and teaches on other CPD-related modules, such as the Approved Mental Health Professional course and the Rights, Risk and Resolution module.