Anna Fairtlough has worked at Goldsmiths since 2001, having previously worked as a social worker, social work manager, and in social work training and development. She teaches and tutors on all the social work programmes at Goldsmiths. She represents the department in various external groups such as the South and West London social work reform partnerships. She has developed and now convenes the MA in Practice Education, a Post-Qualifying programme that supports social workers to support and teach others and to lead professional practice. Her research interests include: practice development and learning; equalities in professional education; social work with parents.
- 1978 BA Hons. History, Sussex University
- 1982 MA Social Work, University of East Anglia
- 1982 Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, CCETSW
- 1996 Practice Teaching Award, CCETSW
- 2001 NVQ Level IV Human Resource Development, Open University
Since arriving at Goldsmiths, Anna has played a major role in developing and writing validation documents of all of the social work programmes the department offers. These include: the MA in Social Work, the BA in Social Work, and the PQ programmes. Specifically, she was responsible for writing and implementing the MA in Advanced Social Work (Practice Education) and now convene this programme. She makes a substantial contribution to the teaching on this programme and manages all aspects of recruitment, delivery and quality assurance.
On the MA and the BA in Social Work Anna teaches primarily in the field of children and families social work. She has reviewed and prepared teaching materials on adolescence, ageing and disability, assessment in child-care social work practice, child protection and planning for looked after children. She has developed teaching and learning materials for professional development seminars, and a range of workshops including gender and social work, lesbian and gay issues in social work, attachment theory, anti-oppressive practice and domestic violence. She is a personal tutor to MA and BA students and act as dissertation and extended essay supervisor to MA and BA students.
Areas of supervision
Anna has supervised research in the following areas:
- (PhD): Black families’ experiences of child protection systems
- (MA): Various, in all areas of child and family social work specialising in parenting, domestic violence and child welfare and safeguarding
Anna has been invited to present papers at the 9th and 12th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference, 'Futures - Changing Families - Changing World' An International Conference on the Family, and ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect. She has been asked to speak by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (2009 and 2010) and for the international conference 'Victimisation of Children and Youth: An International Research Conference Portsmouth' in the U.S.
Diversity and progression in social work training and practice education; evaluation of training for work with parents initiatives; lesbian and gay parenting; parenting and domestic violence; multi-generational, multi-family group work with teenage mothers
Fairtlough, Anna. 2017. Professional Leadership for Social Work Practitioners and Educators. London: Routledge. ISBN 9781472467539
Fairtlough, Anna. 2018. Professional Leadership for Relationship-Based Practice. In: Gillian Ruch; Danielle Turney and Adrian Ward, eds. Relationship-Based Social Work: Second Edition. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 237-256. ISBN 9781785922534
Fairtlough, Anna. 2011. Growing up with a Lesbian or Gay Parent: Young People’s Perspectives. In: Patricia Dunk-West and Trish Hafford-Letchfield, eds. Sexual Identities and Sexualities in Social Work: Research and Reflections from Women in the Field. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 71-88. ISBN 978-0-7546-7882-3
Staempfli, Adi and Fairtlough, Anna. 2019. Intervision and professional development: an exploration of a peer-group reflection method in social work education. The British Journal of Social Work, 49(5), pp. 1254-1273. ISSN 0045-3102
Murphy, Eleanor and Fairtlough, Anna. 2014. The Successful Reunification of Abused and Neglected Children with Their Families: A Case-FIle Audit. The British Journal of Social Work, 45(8), pp. 2261-2280. ISSN 0045-3102
Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. A Qualitative Study of Marginalised Social Work Students' Views of Social Work Education and Learning. The British Journal of Social Work, n/a, n/a. ISSN 0045-3102
Fletcher, Joan; Fairtlough, Anna and McDonald, Lynn. 2013. Engaging Young Parents and Their Families in a Multi-family Group Work Intervention : Lessons from a Pilot in England. Practice: Social Work in Action, 25(3), pp. 151-167. ISSN 0950-3153
Fletcher, Joan; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Beyond Equal Access to Equal Outcomes: The Role of the Institutional Culture in Promoting Full Participation, Positive Inter-Group Interaction and Timely Progression for Minority Social Work Students. British Journal of Social Work, n/a, n/a. ISSN 0045-3102
Fairtlough, Anna; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students on Social Work Programmes: Developing a Framework for Educational Practice. The British Journal of Social Work, 43(3), pp. 467-485. ISSN 0045-3102
Fairtlough, Anna; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Black social work students’ experiences of practice learning: Understanding differential progression rates. Journal of Social Work, n/a, n/a. ISSN 1468-0173
Fairtlough, Anna; Bernard, Claudia A.; Fletcher, Joan and Ahmet, Akile. 2013. Experiences of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Students on Social Work Programmes: Developing a Framework for Educational Practice. British Journal of Social Work, 43(3), pp. 467-485. ISSN 0045-3102
Fairtlough, Anna and Geyer, Connie. 2011. Standards and training for work with parents across Europe: successes and challenges in developing a community of practice. European Journal of Social Work, 14(4), pp. 563-578. ISSN 1369-1457
McDonald, Lynn; Conrad, Tammy; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan; Green, Liz; Moore, Liz and Lepps, Betty. 2009. An evaluation of a groupwork intervention for teenage mothers and their families. CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK, 14(1), pp. 45-57. ISSN 1356-7500
McDonald, Lynn; Conrad, Tammy; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan; Green, Liz; Moore, Liz and Lepps, Betty. 2009. An evaluation of a groupwork intervention for teenage mothers and their families. Child and Family Social Work, 14(1), pp. 45-57.
Fairtlough, Anna. 2008. Growing up with a lesbian or gay parent: young people's perspectives. Health and Social Care in the Community, 16(5), pp. 521-528.
Fairtlough, Anna. 2007. Adapting the voice-centred relational method of data analysis: reading trainees accounts of their learning on a pilot programme for practitioners working with parents. Learning in Health and Social Care, 6(1), pp. 2-13. ISSN 14736853
Fairtlough, Anna; Forrester, Donald and Bennet, Yommi. 2007. Describing the needs of children presenting to children’s services: issues or reliability and validity. Journal of Children's Services, 2(2), pp. 48-59. ISSN 1746-6660
Fairtlough, Anna. 2007. Mothering Through Domestic Violence by Lorraine Radford and Marianne Hester. Child Abuse Review, 16(5), pp. 345-346. ISSN 0952-9136
Fairtlough, Anna. 2006. Social Work with Children Affected by Domestic Violence: An Analysis of Policy and Practice Implications. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 6(1), pp. 25-47. ISSN 15404714
Fairtlough, Anna. 2006. Making Practice Learning Part of our Core Business: A Case Study of Organisational Change. Social Work Education, 25(5), pp. 518-532. ISSN 02615479
Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2012. Toolkit of resources for use by social work educators for cultivating a diverse and inclusive learning environment for learning about difference.
Fairtlough, Anna; Hughes, Rachel and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. South East London Teaching Partnership Evaluation Report June 2018. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED.
Hughes, Rachel; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2018. Appendix D Theory of Change for the 2018-19 evaluation. Project Report. South East London Teaching Partnership.
Fairtlough, Anna. 2016. City of London and Goldsmiths Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) Solihull Approach (SA) Research - Interim and Final Reports. Project Report. Goldsmiths/City of London.
Bernard, Claudia A.; Fairtlough, Anna and Fletcher, Joan. 2011. Diversity and Progression among Social Work Students in England. Project Report. Kings College, London, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, London.
McDonald, Lynn; Conrad, Tammy; Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan and Green, Elizabeth. 2008. Implementation and evaluation of the UK pilot of a multi-generational, multi-family group intervention for teenage parents.. Other. UNSPECIFIED.
Fairtlough, Anna; Fletcher, Joan; Green, Elizabeth and Collander-Brown, Kirsty. 2008. Skills for Care Post-Qualifying (PQ) Innovation Fund – second round Integrating employer workforce planning and service user and carer perspectives on practice education with the new PQ award framework. Other. Skills for Care.
Fairtlough, Anna; McDonald, Lynn; Fletcher, Joan and Green, Elizabeth. 2007. Parenting in the 21st Century: Interim (2006) and Final (2007) Evaluation Reports A Leonardo da Vinci Community Vocational Training Action Programme. Other. UNSPECIFIED.
Fletcher, Joan; Fairtlough, Anna; Green, Elizabeth and McDonald, Lynn. 2007. FAST babies London Pilot: Training Implementation, Adaptation and Evaluation.. Other. UNSPECIFIED.
Fairtlough, Anna. 2007. Final Report on FAST Babies London Pilot Training, Implementation, Adaptation and Evaluation: Multi- Family Groups for Young Mums. Other. UNSPECIFIED, SE London.
Fairtlough, Anna; Geyer, Connie and Green, Elizabeth. 2004. A Core Curriculum for Staff working in Parenting Education and Support - An evaluation of the Pilot Programme. Other. UNSPECIFIED.