Staff profile

Jessica Jackson


Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Social Work

Subject

Health, Social, and Community Work

College

College of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Department

School of Allied Health and Social Care

Email

J.Jackson3@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a senior lecturer in Social Work and currently the programme leader for the BA (Hons) Social Work.

I am responsible for the overview of the regulated undergraduate Social Work programme. 

Prior to joining the university I have been a practising social worker in a range of settings. 

Teaching responsibilities

I am module leader for Research Methods in Practice and teach across other modules on the programme. 

Professional interests

I am also an expert witness for domestic abuse work in the family courts providing comprehensive risk assessments of perpetrators to assist in decision making for children. 

Research interests

My research interests include gender bias in family courts and the revictimisation of domestic abuse survivors through child protection and the family courts. 

Membership of professional bodies

Social Work England 

Qualifications

Experience in industry

I have worked in social care since 2006 starting as a volunteer for women's aid and becoming a qualified social worker in 2011. I have managed multi-professional teams in mother and baby residential, child development services and at Pause working with women subject to recurrent care proceedings and child removals. My focus over the last 4=four years has been implementing evidence based services.  

I continue to be an independent social worker in my areas of specialism (domestic abuse, trauma and children in care). 

In 2019 I made the final of the NSPCC child protection trainer of the year for my trauma focused parent and child in foster care programme of training. 

I have worked with the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) and the Centre of Excellence in child Trauma (COECT) for several years as a trainer and trauma lead/advisor for professionals and carers supporting trauma-impacted children.

In the media

I have been involved in radio and TV interviews regarding teenage parenting and child trauma. I wrote an article for adoption today magazine around the realities of becoming an adoptive parent. 

Courses