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Kay Wall

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Institute of Health & Society

Contact Details


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 & Research

Teaching interests

I am module lead for two BA (Hons) Social Work modules:

Context of practice, a year one module looking at the wider sphere of operation for social workers, and the impact of social policy on social workers and those with whom they work.

Understanding Research in Practice, a year two module looking at the importance of being a research minded practitioner.

I also teach individual sessions across all year of the BA and MA social work 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

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
Higher Education Academy Fellowship



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:

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.

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

Trustee of Evesham Street Pastors

Referral Order Panel member, West Mercia Youth Offending Team

Independent Practice Educator

External Examiner, Plymouth University