Ms Helen Sewell
Senior Teaching Fellow
I have a MA Social Work / DipSw from University of Warwick.
I am a qualified and registered social worker and have over 20 years of experience working mainly in children and families social work.
I have had a varied social work career, working mainly with children and families in a range of settings including Local Authorities, a voluntary organisation and a school. I have enjoyed working as a frontline practitioner as well as a being a manager of various teams. As a social worker, I worked primarily with teenagers. My initial social work roles were with young people who were involved with the criminal justice system, mainly who were in secure establishments and prison. I also enjoyed working with and developing services for young people who have been in care and were moving into independence. I spent some years as a participation officer responsible for ensuring children in care were listened to and involved in service development. My ongoing interests include social work with young people (particular care leavers) and current issues such as sexual and criminal exploitation.
More recently, I spent 9 years working for Portsmouth Local Safeguarding Board. I have substantial experience of developing and delivering multi-agency safeguarding training and development as well as writing procedures and guidance. I worked with a range of professionals within the city to ensure that they understood their safeguarding responsibilities and provided guidance and advice so that they felt confident to carry out their roles as effectively as possible. I was also involved in professional practice and service development for a number of years. I am a strong believer in the need for high quality reflective supervision and provided group supervision for professionals aimed at supporting them to work through dilemmas, develop robust plans and manage their emotions.
I believe relationships are the bedrock of good social work and am passionate about restorative practice. I have supported organisations to embed restorative practice as a model for their work and am an accredited restorative practice trainer.
I am the BSc Social Work course leader as well as Level 6 Year Lead.
I also teach across the BSc course. I am the module co-ordinator for the Readiness for Practice (Level 4), Social work with children and families (Level 5) as well as Safeguarding and Promoting Well Being (Level 6).
I enjoy the personal tutor role and seeing the social work students develop and become more confident in their abilities in the professional role.
I am currently undertaking the APA in Academic Practice.