I am a qualified social worker with over 20 years experience in Local Authority settings in England. I have an MA in Social Work and an MBA. I gained my doctorate in social work in 2009 based on research carried out in Iceland, where I lived and worked from 2001-2008
My research interests are action research aimed at improving social work practice, especially practice in involving children and young people in decision-making. My recent publications are as follows:
My main areas of teaching are in:
Human Growth and Development; Power, Partnership and Professionalism; and Child Care Law.
My recent publications are:
Fern, E. 2014 "Grown-ups Never Understand Anything by Themselves ... Practice 26:1
Fern, E. 2014. Child-directed social work practice: findings
from an action research study conducted in Iceland. British Journal of Social
Work (2014) 44 (5):1110-1128.
Fern, E. 2012. Developing Social Work Practice Through Engaging Practitioners in Action Research. Qualitative Social Work.11 (2), pp. 156-173.