Dr Lesley Deacon


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Senior Lecturer Applied Social Studies and Social Work; Programme Leader MSc Practice Development

I am a Senior Lecturer in Applied Social Studies and Social Work and Programme Leader for FdA Health and Social Care. I am also a Fellow of the HEA. I qualified as a social worker in 2007 and worked in front-line child protection at a local authority until becoming a lecturer in 2011.

I teach modules across levels 4 to 7 primarily focused on social work theory, practice and research.

Teaching and supervision

Module Leader:
SSC106 Understanding Health and Social Care
SSC227 Working Together to Safeguard Vulnerable Children, Young People and Adults
SWK322/SWKM32 Social Work Dissertation

  • Lead deliverer:
  • SWK220 Social Work Theory and Practice 2
  • SWK319 Critical Social Work Theory and Practice
  • SWKM28 Theories and Models for Social Work Practice
  • SWKM29 Critical Perspectives in Social Work Practice
  • Dissertation supervisor:
  • SWK322/SWKM32 Social Work Dissertation
  • SSC302 Health and Social Care Dissertation


Past teaching

  • Module Leader:
  • SWK113 Psychology and Human Growth and Development
  • SWK224 Social Work Principles and Practice 2
  • SWK334 Social Work Principles and Practice 3
  • SWK335 Social Work Ethics
  • SWKM30 Social Work Research

Supervision: 
Co supervisor MPhil, 2017–present, Exploring Individual Perceptions of Adults Diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome using a Cultural Framework.

  • Co supervisor PhD, 2015 – present, Child Labour, Child Education and Poverty in Nigeria.

Examiner:
Internal Examiner, Professional Doctorate, 2016 – “I will make a difference” Using Action Research to Improve Audiological Issues for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Hearing Loss.

  • Internal Examiner, 2016, Mock Viva – An Investigation of the Impact of Workplace Cultures on Health and Safety Management: A Case Study in Mears Group PLC.

Research interests for potential research students

My research interests include: social work theory and practice; critical realist grounded theory; social work organisations and practice; practitioner research; safeguarding; sexually harmful behaviour; disability; working with children; and working with marginalised groups.

Research

My research is primarily focused on how generic health and social care services respond to people who have more specialised needs. This is informed by the concept of the practitioner researcher – the need for current social work practitioners to be researchers, and for research to be identified and developed through practice, in order to inform practice.

My published doctorate concerned Children’s Social Care Services Response to Children Who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour. This was written from a critical realist perspective using grounded theory to present data from a reality-orientated qualitative enquiry with a local authority case study. From this research, generative mechanisms were identified in order to inform future research and make best practice recommendations.

For the last year, I have been involved in an extended research project with Dr Stephen J Macdonald which has so far produced two co authored papers. The research itself has been in three parts. Firstly, the quantitative analysis of data from the Multiple Homeless Exclusion Project in which the over-representation of people with dyslexia in the homeless population were identified as well as their susceptibility to addictive drug use. A social survey has been completed with people who have dyslexia which is currently being followed by biographical interviews. The final part of this research involves health and social care practitioners in order to understand how they respond to these adult service users who may have particular needs in relation to their dyslexia.

I am also researching the impact of holistic services on the wellbeing of parent carers of children with disabilities or life-limiting conditions, and a community research project into understanding people’s experiences of isolation and loneliness.

This specific focus on the concept of the practitioner researcher also informs my other research interest which is social work theory. Having lectured in this area for the last five years, this has culminated in a social work theory commissioned-textbook with Dr Stephen J Macdonald for the SAGE publications Masters series. This presents a comprehensive theory textbook for social work based on a new theoretical paradigm of the theory circle by Collingwood et al (2008).


Publications

Number of items: 5.

Article

Macdonald, Stephen J, Deacon, Lesley and Merchant, Jacqueline (2016) ‘Too Far Gone’: Dyslexia, Homelessness and Pathways into Drug Use and Drug Dependency. Insights on Learning Disabilities, 13 (2). pp. 117-134. ISSN 1949-1212

Macdonald, Stephen J and Deacon, Lesley (2015) No Sanctuary: Missed Opportunities in Health and Social Services for Homeless People with Dyslexia. Social Work and Social Sciences Review., 17 (3). ISSN 1746-6105

Conference or Workshop Item

Ihejieto, Chinyere, Fulton, John, Hayes, Catherine and Deacon, Lesley (2016) Child Labour, Child Education and Poverty in Nigeria; Conducting Research with Children. In: Young Persons Advisory Group North East, 1 Dec 2016, Great North Museum:Hancock, Newcastle Upon Tyne. (Unpublished)

Thesis

Deacon, Lesley (2015) PhD: Children’s Social Care Services Response to Children who display Sexually Harmful Behaviour. Doctoral thesis, University of Durham.

Deacon, Lesley (2015) Children’s Social Care Services’ Response to Children who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Areas of expertise

Advanced computer skills in software packages: Word, Excel, Access, Pagemaker and SerifPlus. Most of these skills were acquired working in the publishing industry.

Editorial skills: proofreading, editing, design and page layout. These were acquired through academic study on MPhil Publishing Studies, then in publishing roles such as Project Manager, Freelance Proofreader and Editor and Editorial Manager.

Further information

Publications

Deacon, L. and Macdonald, S.J. (2017) Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Human Growth and Development’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Deontology’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Utilitarianism’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Virtue Ethics’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Ethics of Care’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Radical Ethics’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Radical Social Work’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Classical and Modern Management Theory’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Deacon, L. (2017) ‘Organisational Theory’ in L. Deacon and S.J. Macdonald Social Work Theory and Practice. London: SAGE Publications.

Macdonald, S.J., Deacon, L. & Merchant, J. (2016). ‘Too Far Gone’: Homelessness, Addiction and Dyslexia: Insights on Learning Disabilities (ILD) From Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices.

Macdonald, S. J. & Deacon, L.(2015). ‘The Invisibles’: Conceptualising the Intersectional Relationships between Dyslexia, Social Exclusion and Homelessness. Learning Disabilities Worldwide at the International University of Venice.

Macdonald,S.J. & Deacon, L. (2015). ‘No Sanctuary': Missed Opportunities in Health and Social Services for Homeless Service Users with Dyslexia’. SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL SCIENCES REVIEW. Special Issue: Disability and Enabling Approaches. 17 (2) pp. 22-56.

Deacon, L. (2015) Children’s Social Care Services Response to Children who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour. PhD, Durham University.


Last updated 18 April 2018