School:Education and Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Social Work and Social Policy
Irina is a Senior Lecturer in social work at Anglia Ruskin University, based in Cambridge, and her work is currently covering matters related to social work placements, including identifying and reviewing placements suitable for practice, offering guidance and support to students on practice learning issues, working in partnership with stakeholders (neighbouring local authorities, various agencies from voluntary and private sector) and ensuring that practice learning is embedded in both social work courses, MA (Cambridge) and BA (Cambridge and Peterborough).
Irina worked for over twelve years in the field of social work with children and families in the UK (long-term social work intervention for children who were looked after by local authority, e.g. child protection, care proceedings, kinship care, adoption, leaving care) and has been involved in designing and delivering various quality assurance and professional development activities for front-line practitioners, teams and organisations. Prior to living in the UK, Irina had been actively involved in many international programmes delivered by the Council of Europe, providing social work expertise and implementing various community development projects.
Application of family law in social care practice; permanence within the context of child social care system; social work assessment in working with vulnerable families; ethics and values in social work; social work placements and practice learning; international social work and adult learning; application of counselling and therapy (knowledge and skills) in social work.