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I graduated as a social worker from Kingston in 1994 and did my Masters in Professional Education and training here in 2012. I worked for 25 years in various capacities in the Probation Service. I teach under and post-graduate education in the School of Social work, with emphasis on Practice Education, leadership and management and early transitions into social work practice. I work on the BA (Hons) Working with Children and Young People; social pedagogy. Research interests include domestic abuse and fathering, practice education and I recently lead on the completion of a report with colleagues for the Home Office on cross-county lines drug dealing. I lead on the operational aspects of our Developing Together teaching partnership for Kingston University and am the liaison tutor for managing relationships with our employer partners. I am an accredited DASH trainer and make this training is available to all Kingston social work students
I am interested in developing my research profile and my most recent project has been leading a team looking at alternatives for young people involved in county lines activities. We prepared a report for the Home Office on the work of a partner employer's efforts to provide alternatives to those involved in or at risk of involvement in gang activities.
I am part of a team investigated the Vanguard Model approach to systems and service redesign, led by Dr. Rick Hood at Kingston University.
The involvement of fathers in children and families services is an under-researched area and I hope to develop my existing interests, knowledge and skills, particularly in working with fathers.
Hood, Rick, O'Donovan, Brendan, Gibson, Jo and Brady, Dermot (2020) New development : using the Vanguard Method to explore demand and performance in people-centred services. Public Money & Management, ISSN (print) 0954-0962 (Epub Ahead of Print)
Francois, Judith and Brady, Dermot (2017) Feel the pain and do it anyway! : An experiential workshop teaching emotional management in crisis situations. In: Kingston University's Annual Festival of Learning 2017 : What Does Excellence Look Like?; 19 Jun 2017, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)