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/Research Interests

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

Building Resilience

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

Maxine Fletcher


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