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Claire lectures part-time at Teesside University and remains in practice part-time. She is Course Leader for the Contemporary Social Work post-qualifying programme, Module Leader for Research and teaches across BA and MA modules in Social Work and Trauma Informed Practice. 
 
Claire is a therapeutically trained Social Worker who specialises in preparing and supporting carers to provide loving homes for children who have experienced abuse, trauma and instability in their early lives. She has worked predominantly in adoption, fostering and special guardianship since qualifying in 2011. Prior to this, she spent five years working and volunteering in residential and community child and adult social care settings in the UK, Eastern Europe, India and Africa. During this time, Claire worked with homeless adults with learning difficulties, mental illness, domestic abuse and substance misuse problems.
 

Over the past decade Claire has developed an interest in international conceptualisations of permanence, equality and diversity and how research can inform and improve inclusivity in Social Work practice. She is passionate about social justice, promoting inclusion and supporting children's emotional well-being. Claire has a particular interest in research, support and empowerment for LGBTQ+ carers and care-experienced young people.

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