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Caroline Bald

Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Health and Social Care
 Caroline Bald

Profile

Biography

Caroline has been a social work academic since 2016 after a twenty year career in adult and juvenile criminal justice social work specialising in multi-agency risk management including authoring serious case reviews (SCR) and serious further offence reviews (SFO) for the Local Safeguarding Board and Ministry of Justice, Public Protection Unit, respectively. Joining University of Essex in February 2020, Caroline is the programme lead for the Masters in Social Work with Human Rights and the School lead for Student Recruitment. Caroline's teaching commitments span the social work curriculum reflecting my commitment to human rights, ethics and where practice and theory meet in particular crime, families and citizenship. She has particular interests in critical social work pedagogy, anarchist social work including mutual aid and participant activism, focusing on policy, practice and inequalities. Caroline's research focuses on pedagogy of justice. She is interested in critical approaches to framing social work education in public policy with a particular focus on language, narrative and inclusive education: the politics of 'suitability', criminal records as divider, and complaint as praxis. Her current doctoral research focuses on understanding how admissions decisions are made at the point of entry into the profession and specifically exploring how suitability is framed as a narrative in social work education programmes in England. She is co-leading research into the role criminal records play in university admissions decision-making. She has undertaken evaluation projects with public sector organisations, with expertise in mixed methods to understand narratives behind data to inform service review and planning. I am particularly interested in projects relating to employment inequalities, criminality and neuro-diversity. Caroline is active in the research community: a member of the European Society of Criminology collateral consequences of criminal records working group, Book Review Editor for the international journal, Social Work Education and peer reviewer for Qualitative Social Work, Journal of Social Work and Journal of Practice Teaching and Education. Caroline is an experienced external examiner, currently for Glasgow Caledonian University and Kingston University. Caroline is the co-chair for the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) criminal justice group Caroline is a trustee for YMCA Essex, Working Chance and Mental Health Time for Action. Research Interests: * criminal records * brain injury * neurodiversity * care leavers * transitions to adulthood * widening participation and curriculum

Qualifications

  • Masters Social Work University of Glasgow, (1999)

  • BA (Hons) University of Strathclyde, (1997)

  • Professional Doctorate in Social Care Education University of Essex,

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Lecturer Researcher and MA programme lead, University of Essex (3/2/2020 - present)

  • External Examiner, Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University (7/6/2020 - present)

  • External Examiner, Social Work, Kingston University (6/9/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • School Lead for Student Recruitment, University of Essex (7/9/2020 - present)

Research and professional activities

Conferences and presentations

"This is my oasis": an evaluation of the support for social work students' wellbeing and development of professional resilience in a Teaching Partnership

Joint University Social Work Education Conference, Joint University Social Work Education Conference, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 8/7/2021

The Pearly Gates

2nd Online International Doctoral Research in Education, Centre for Educational Research, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 7/7/2021

Realising Criminal Records: Exploring the role criminal records play in decision-making about admissions to social work programmes in England

European Conference for Social Work Research 2021, Bucharest, Romania, 5/5/2021

'Sharing Innovation in Undergraduate Psychiatric Education'

Invited presentation, AUTP Annual National Conference 2020, Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 14/2/2020

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Social Work Theory and Methods (HS650)

  • Life Span Development (HS653)

  • Social Work and Human Rights (HS656)

  • Rights Based Research and Dissertation (HS657)

Publications

Journal articles (9)

Bald, C. and Howells, A., (2020). How do we professionalise social work without losing our soul? A reflection on the role and purpose of practice placements within social work education. Journal of Practice Teaching and learning. 15 (3), 75-87

Howells, A. and Bald, C., (2020). ‘This is my oasis’: an exploration of student hub support for social work students’ wellbeing. Social Work Education, 1-21

Bald, C., (2019). Domestic abuse: The work undertaken by Community Rehabilitation Companies. Probation Journal. 66 (1), 138-140

Bald, C., (2002). Book Review: Good Practice with Vulnerable Adults. Probation Journal. 49 (2), 178-179

Bald, C., (2002). Book Review: Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. Probation Journal. 49 (1), 59-60

Bald, C., (2002). Book Review: Residential Work with Offenders. Probation Journal. 49 (4), 325-326

Bald, C., (2001). Book Review: Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. Probation Journal. 48 (4), 1-2

Bald, C., (2001). Book Review: Domestic Violence: Guidelines for Research-Informed Practice. Probation Journal. 48 (2), 161-162

Bald, C., (2000). Reviews : Making an Impact: Children and Domestic Violence - A Reader Marianne Hester, Chris Pearson and Nicola Harwin Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2000; pp194; £15.95, pbk. Probation Journal. 47 (2), 151-152

Book chapters (3)

Bald, C. and Walker, S., (2020). Covid-19 and Social Inequalities in Health in the UK. In: Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Editors: Ferstman, C. and Fagan, A., . University of Essex. 159- 166. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Bald, C., Carter, L., Ferstman, C., Fagan, A., Gilbert, G. and Wyllie, A., (2020). The Impact on Vulnerable Populations. Vulnerability: A Discussion. In: Covid-19, Law and Human Rights : Essex Dialogues. A Project of the School of Law and Human Rights Centre. Editors: Ferstman, C. and Fagan, A., . University of Essex. 147- 148. 978-1-5272-6632-2

Bald, C., (2020). Class of 2020 Social Work and Covid-19: Relationship-based Practice in a Global Pandemic. In: Social Work and Covid-19: Relationship-based Practice in a Global Pandemic. Editors: Buzzi, P. and Megele, C., . Critical Publishing. 135- 154

Reports and Papers (1)

Bald, C., (2019). Post-release supervision for short-term prisoners: thematic review

Contact

caroline.bald@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874958

Location:

2S2.3.21, Colchester Campus

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