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I am a South African qualified, SWE registered Social Worker with a background in generic and children and families' work. I also have an MA in Professional Education and Training and a PGC in Teaching in HE and the GSCC Practice Teacher Award (PEPS2 equivalent). I have teaching responsibility for the Practice Education programme at Kingston University and am involved in many other activities to support practice learning in our region, such as On-Site Supervisor development programme, supporting Practice Assessors of trainee Practice Educators and supporting the development of experienced Practice Educators to become Practice Assessors.
For 3 years I was co-Lead Chief Assessor for NAAS and am currently a Sub-Regional Assessor on the Integrated Social Work Apprenticeship Degree, so support and assess employment based learners. I recently spent a period of secondment as a PE Consultant within the Developing Together Teaching Partnership, focusing on developing workshops and resources to support Practice Educators and On-Site Supervisors in practice. I have a particular interest in professional supervision and development at all levels.
I am currently involved in a research project to explore the career paths of practice educators.
Dicken, Carol, van Graan, Dale and Mathew-Byrne, Jane (2021) A reflection on partnership working to address social work student placement assessment and completion during Covid 19. International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, ISSN (online) 2051-6223 (In Press)
Mathew-Byrne, Jane and van Graan, Dale (2016) Lessons learned from a supervision project in a voluntary sector organisation. In: The School of Social Work and Social Care Annual Conference : Social Work and Politics; 17 Mar 2016, Kingston, U.K.. (Unpublished)
Van Graan, Dale (2015) What role does supervision play in supporting the well-being of staff in social care? In: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016 : Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People; 27-30 Jun 2016, Seoul, South Korea. (Unpublished)