Kay Wall


Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Department of Social Work and the Community

Contact Details

email: k.wall@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 855345

I am an ‘old crock’ Probation Officer when probation services were provided by qualified social workers. Consequently, my predominant passion is working with, and for, adults and children who have offended, in particular giving them a voice.

A personal interest is in the needs of service personnel, in particular on discharge from the military.

I am only a part-time tutor at the University, which allows me to continue to work alongside young people attending the Youth Offending Service, and supervise students in the workplace as a practice educator.


MA Social Work
BA (Hons) Recreation and Community Studies
Post Graduate Certificate in Education
Post Graduate Certificate in Practice Education

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

I am module lead for one BA (Hons) Social Work module and one MA Social Work module:

  • BA programme: Understanding Research in Practice, a year two module looking at the importance of being a research minded practitioner.
  • MA programme: Practice – Developing Capability. This is the first 70-day practice module for Year 1 students.

I also teach individual sessions with a criminal justice focus across all years of the BA and MA social work programmes.

Moreover, I undertake the Admissions Tutor role for both programmes.

Research interests

Young people and the criminal justice system.

Ex-military personnel and the criminal justice system.

Loss and bereavement and the connection to offending behaviour.

Professional Bodies

GAPS member: Group for the Advancement of Psychodynamic Social Work

HCPC registered: Health and Care Professionals Council

CCJS member: Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

HEA Fellow: Higher Education Academy 


Kay Wall and Lesley Parish, 'How to support social work students faced with remote and flexible working on their practice placements.', Community Care on-line: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/2014/02/21/support-social-work-students

Kay Wall, (2015), 'Decision Cases for Advanced Social Work Practice, Book Review, Journal of Social Work Practice', Vol 29, 4, December 2015, pp490-492

Presentation of paper: “Against the grain – a practice educators’ reflective experience”, Teaching and Learning conference, University of Worcester, 8th July 2015

Presentation of paper: “Against the Grain – accepting that facilitating learning means that at times we need to adapt our preferred teaching styles”, HEA conference, Glasgow, 24th- 25th February 2016

Kay Wall (2018), “Educating Social Work Students against the Grain: Tutors accepting that facilitating learning means we need to adapt our preferred teaching styles", Worcester Journal of Teaching and Learning, Issue 12, October 2018, pp 17-22

Ian Parkhill & Kay Wall (2019): The journey to care – reflections of a service user, Disability & Society, DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1649815

External Responsibilities

Trustee of Evesham Street Pastors 

Referral Order Panel member, West Mercia Youth Offending Team 

Independent Practice Educator   

External Examiner, Plymouth University