Staff profile

Deborah Bardouille

Senior Lecturer in Social and Community Studies

Head shot of Deborah Bardouille, smiling.


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Work. My role is to educate students wishing to become qualified social workers and to ensure that on qualification, students are fit to practice in the field of children and adult social work. 

At the University, I am involved in the education of both BA and MA social work students.

As an ex-field social worker myself, I am passionate about the profession and its focus on safeguarding the welfare of all people. 

I am currently also Programme Leader for the MA in Social Work Programme. This involves, management of the programme - including ensuring the smooth running of modules and the programme as a whole; clear assessment strategies; and team cohesion. 

I am also a Personal Academic Tutor for a number of students on the master's programme. 

Teaching responsibilities

I teach and am a co-module leader for the Child Safeguarding module, covering all aspects of child safeguarding issues - including all forms of child abuse, child sexual exploitation, child trafficking, child criminal exploitation, child safeguarding procedures; safeguarding legislation; etc.). 

I also teach and am co-module leader for the Preparation for Practice Learning module. This module is a prerequisite for students going out into their first placement. The focus of this module is the development of skills for practice. This includes communication skills, assessment skills, knowledge of theoretical concepts, application of social work legislation, exploration of values and attitudes, report writing skills, etc.

I also act as a support tutor for students undertaking their Independent Studies (i.e. dissertations).

Professional interests

My main interests are in child welfare and child safeguarding, anti-oppressive practice, and the development of skills for the workplace. 

Membership of professional bodies

  • I am a qualified social worker, registered with Social Work England - the professional regulatory body for social work and social work programmes within Higher Education.  
  • Member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) - The independent professional membership organisation for social work
  • Registered fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)


  • BA in Social Science
  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
  • MA in Professional Practice

Recent conferences

Within my discipline of Health and Social Care, I have recently been involved in the setting up of a range of conferences relating to anti-oppressive practice. This has included co-ordination and delivery of workshops exploring the impact of oppressive practice. This has included an introductory conference and an anti-racism conference. The conferences are ongoing and will cover other topics such as sexism, disablism and social class. 

Experience in industry

My past employment experience has included the following:

  • Children's Residential Social Worker
  • Generic Social Worker
  • Child Assessment and Child Safeguarding Social Worker
  • Social Work Team Manager in Child Assessment and Safeguarding Team 
  • Local Authority Policy Planner 
  • University Lecturer and Placement Manager