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Tilia Lenz

Senior Lecturer Social Work and CPD Framework Social Sciences. (She/her)

Diplom Sozial Pedagogin (Dipl. Soz.Ped) 2004, BA Children and Families 2010, Practice Educator (PE), MA Leading and Developing Services 2018, Senior Fellow HEA 2022

I am a Senior Lecturer for Social Work and the CPD Framework lead for Social Sciences.

I qualified Social Pedagogue in Germany in 2004 and undertook further training as psychotherapist, working with children and adults in early intervention settings.

Since 2006 I have been living, working and studying in the UK. As a registered Social Worker, I spend 15 years in front line Children’s Services as a practitioner and manager. I supported students on placement as Practice Educator.

I undertook my MA studies in Managing and Developing Services in Health and Social Care at BU with the focus on Organisational Cultures and Staff Performance and completed this in 2018.

In 2019 I joined the Pan-Dorset Social Work Teaching Partnership as a Lecturer Practitioner Consultant, with the aim to bridge the gap between academia and practice. Since 2021 I have been a full time member of staff at BU.

I am now undertaking research for my PhD on ‘Relationship Performance Management in Child Protection’. I have a particular interest in practitioner wellbeing and resilience and how this impacts on practice.

I also teach on the qualifying degree courses and am unit lead for Law and Social Policy where I can share my passion for Human Rights and Equality.

I feel passionate to enable practitioners to further their learning and expertise by accessing CPD courses. As the Framework Lead I develop opportunities with practice partners to meet the needs of the workforce in ever changing and demanding environments.

Research and Recent Publications
I am engaged in Social Policy development and government calls for evidence on issues of leadership in Health and Social Care settings.
  • Social Exclusion in the UK: The lived Experience, Book Chapter
  • County Lines and the impact on Rural Communities, Community Care Magazine 2019
  • Application of Attachment Theory in Leadership, SWN 2023

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