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Anti-oppressive practice education: contemporary barriers and enablers
Led by Prospera Tedam with input from both Jo Finch and Siobhan Maclean

There is a professional responsibility on all involved in social work practice education to accept and value every learner. This workshop will introduce participants to strategies for enabling and sustaining anti-oppressive practice learning settings using the MANDELA model. The ways in which oppressive and discriminatory practices manifest at the various stages of the practice curriculum will be outlined in addition to reflecting on contemporary barriers to anti-oppressive practice education arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Feb 25, 2021 12:00 PM in London

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Siobhan Maclean
Independent Practice Educator and Trainer @Kirwin Maclean
Siobhan Maclean is an independent practice educator and trainer. She has written a range of publications for practice educators and has spoken at a number of NOPT conferences.
Dr Prospera Tedam
Assistant Professor in Social Work @United Arab Emirates University
Prospera moved to United Arab Emirates in 2018 to teach social work. Prior to this move, Prospera was a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Northampton and later a Principal Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Prospera's research interests include Anti-Oppressive practice, cultural considerations in social work practice, Equality and Diversity in Higher Education and has several publications in these areas. She developed the MANDELA model which is now widely used by social work educators and students.
Dr Jo Finch
Reader in Social Work and Deputy Director of the Centre of Social Work Research @University of East London
Dr Jo Finch is also a Programme Director of the Professional Doctorate in Social work. Jo has been a social work educator for over 18 years and has previously led undergraduate and post graduate social work qualifying programmes. Jo has a long-standing research interest in the issues raised by struggling and failing students in practice placements, originally exploring why practice educators found it difficult to fail social work students, as part of a Professional in Doctorate Social Work (2010). Jo has since developed this work further, has published widely in this area and is the author of “Supporting Struggling Students on Placement: A Practical Guide” (2017, Policy Press). Jo is also a co-author of “SHARE: A New Model for Social Work (2018, Kirwin Maclean Associates). Jo also has research interests in widening participation, practice-near research methodologies and is currently writing and researching the issue of social work practice and radicalisation.