Lesley Parish


Practice Learning Co-ordinator

Department of Social Work and the Community

Contact Details

email: l.parish@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542758

Lesley is a qualified social worker who has worked predominately with Children and Families, supporting them to care for their children and prevent children from being removed from the home.

She has worked in the voluntary and statutory sectors and enjoyed seeing the positive changes and outcomes for families she's have worked with.

For over 17 years now Lesley has been involved with social work education, supporting social work students to gain their qualifications.

Lesley considers that learning is about acquiring new knowledge, skills and experiences but in an accessible and fun way that supports students’ overall development.


  • MSc - Educational Management and Leadership
  • CIPD - Certificate in Personnel Practice
  • Chartered Management Institute - A1, NVQ Assessor in Health & Social Care
  • City & Guilds - Further & Adult Education 7307 & 7302
  • CCETSW - Practice Teaching
  • CCETSW – Social Work

Teaching & Research

Teaching interests

  • BA - Social work practice – SOWK 2004
  • MA - Social work practice –SOWK 4006 & 4006

Research interests

  • Social work practice
  • People with Lived experiences – Feedback on practice issues.
  • Working with international placement providers.

Professional Bodies

  • Chartered Institute of Managers (CIM)
  • BASW – British Association of Social Workers
  • Social Work England – (Registry Body)
  • HEA Fellow: Higher Education Academy


  • 2014 Community Care Joint Author - How to support social work students faced with remote and flexible working on their practice placement
  • 2015 Community Care Joint Author - Diversions and Divisions: The impact on bursary changes on social work students
  • 2004 Barnardo’s Children’s Charity, Child protection and Churches. Researcher and co-wrote

External Responsibilities

  • ASYE Moderator and Panel Member for Worcester County Council / Worcestershire Children’s First – Children and Families and Adult Services.
  • Assessing candidates for the Practice Educators Professional Standards – Stage 1 & 2.
  • Member of the Teaching Partnership – Practice Learning.