The development team
The (re)development of the resource has been undertaken by the following
Tom Hopkins is an independent education and training
consultant, specialising in health and social care. He is also Director
of ProCare and from1994-2000 was Social Work Associate at the Open Learning
Foundation (OLF). He is the author of the OLF publications, Using
Open Learning in Social Work: An Implementation Handbook (1996)
and Vocation-based learning: an open learning term in health and
social care education (2001). From 1993-2000 he held various posts
within the Institute of Health and Community Studies, Bournemouth University,
including Head of Learning and Teaching. He currently works with SWAP
as a Learning and Teaching Adviser, and co-ordinator of the annual UK
Joint Social Work Education Conference.
Jackie Rafferty is Director of CHST and SWAP, the
subject centre for Social Policy and Social Work. With a background
in community development she has worked extensively over the last 10
years in the areas of information and communication technologies and
learning and teaching in the human services. She is editor of the journal
'New Technology in the Human Services' and a member of the Board of
Directors of HUSITA International.
Julia Waldman works as an independent researcher and
consultant and is also employed part-time as a Senior Research Fellow
in the Division of Social Work Studies at the University of Southampton.
She has undertaken a wide range of practice-focused research and evaluation
projects over the last twelve years at a national, regional and local
level, but overall has a special interest in work with young people,
children and families. Over the last few years her focus has moved increasingly
towards elearning and web-based resources and research. This complements
her long standing interest in learning and teaching issues. Her book
'Help yourself to learning at work' is due to be published soon on the
Dr David Colombi is the web developer in the Centre
for Human Service Technology (CHST) at the University of Southampton.
He has published extensively on IT issues in social work practice and
education. Projects completed include IMPACT: Increasing the awareness
of assistive technology (EU project); Computers in Teaching Initiative
(CTI Human Services for UK higher education); ProCare software on Research
Methods and on Interpersonal Skills for social work and nursing higher
education, Child Welfare Across Borders (EU-Canada Project). Currently
working mainly on SWAP social policy and social work subject centre
of the HE Academy.
Celia Atherton is Director of 'Research in Practice'
at Dartington which aims to connect practice and research to improve
the experience and outcomes for vulnerable children and the capacity
of policy, services and professionals to respond to the needs of families.
Her background is in social work in child care and family rights issues.