Maxine Fletcher BA (Hons) CQSW Practice Teachers Award PGDip (Ethics) MSc
Interim Head of Department - Psychology, Social Work and Public Health
Following residential social care experience in physical disability, learning disability and mental health, Maxine qualified as a Social Worker in 1990, after undertaking her first degree in Applied Social Sciences, together with a CQSW, at Middlesex. She began her career in Local Authority settings, in generic patch teams, and duty/intake work. She gained more specialised statutory experience in Social Work with Children, Young People and their Families, and then concentrated on Child Protection work. Within the Child Protection arena, she progressed to Senior Practitioner and then Unit Manager level.
During this time, Maxine obtained her Practice Teachers Award from Oxford University, and supported students on placement in both an on-site and off-site capacity.
After leaving Local Authority Social Work, Maxine worked for the NSPCC for six years, first as a Child Protection Officer with the Regional Investigation Service, investigating allegations of institutional and organised abuse, and later, as a Child Protection Trainer, focussing on multi-agency working. During this time she completed her Post-Grad Diploma in the Ethics of Social Welfare at Keele.
She joined Oxford Brookes in 2004 as a Senior Lecturer, and has taught undergraduate, postgraduate and post-qualified students, both for Social Work, and across other professional programmes within the Faculty. Maxine has a Masters in Higher Professional Education, and is currently working towards her Professional Doctorate in Education. She is a member of the Judging Panel for the Social Worker of the Year Award. She became Principal Lecturer/Programme Lead for Social Work in September 2014. At the 2016 Brookes Student Union Teaching Awards, Maxine won the Most Inspirational Lecturer category.
From September 2016, Maxine is holding the Interim Head of Department role for Psychology, Social Work and Public Health.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Registered Social Worker with the Health & Care Professions Council
Member of the British Association of Social Workers
Teaching and Learning and Leadership and Management in Higher Professional Education
Safeguarding Vulnerable People
Professional Suitability/Professional Communication
Ethics and Values in Professional Education
Service User and Carer Involvement
Skills for Care South East Regional Social Work Conference, March 2010, London
Placement Rotation - Feasibility Study
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Annual Conference 'Don't Neglect Neglect', June 2010, Oxford
European Conference for Social Work Research March 2011, Oxford University
Cohort analysis; evaluating the role of service users and carers in the assessment of professional suitability in first year social work undergraduates
Education Colloquium - National and International Perspectives on Education, Oxford Brookes University, June 2014
'Making the Road by Walking' - Using Community Based Participatory Research within an educational setting in rural Kenya