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Professor David Ward

Job: Professor of Social and Community Studies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort, University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7705




Research group affiliations

  • Centre for Social Action
  • Community and Criminal Justice
  • Participation and Social Justice Research Group

Research interests/expertise

  • Groupwork
  • Social action
  • Empowerment and user involvement
  • Social exclusion and inclusion
  • Young people and social policy
  • Social work in the voluntary sector
  • Probation, prisons and police.

Honours and awards

2010: International Honoree, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups (North America). Award for ‘life-time’ contribution to the theory and practice of social group work.

2011: Professeur invite, Ecole de Service Social, Universite de Montreal, Canada.

Membership of external committees

  • Health Professions Council (2012 ongoing) Appointed as Partner-Visitor.
  • Member HM Prisons HR Directorate Learning and Development section (2009 – ongoing), co-opted member of Quality Assurance Board.
  • Ministry of Justice, Nottinghamshire Probation Trust, (2007 continuing) Board member (Home Sec. Appointment): Chair of Practice Quality Assurance and Serious Further Offending subcommittee.
  • Cooperative Financial Services (Cooperative Bank and Britannia Building Society) (2010-2012) Member of Customer Consultative Council.
  • Annual Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference (2008 – 2011) Planning Group.

Membership of professional associations and societies

British Association of Social Workers

Professional licences and certificates

University of Nottingham MA Applied Social Science / Certificate of Qualification in Social Work 1972.

General Social Services Council Registered Social Worker Reg. No. 1027815

Conference attendance

32nd Annual Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Montreal, Canada, June 2010.

20 Years of Self- Directed Groupwork: Lessons for Participation and Empowerment in the 21st Century’ (presentation by invitation).

Consultancy work

University of Montreal and Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (2011 – 2013 at first instance).

Consultant to Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded research project on the Social, Educational and Activist Worlds of Gender Nonconforming Children in Canada.

Currently, member of Quality Assurance Board of HM Prisons HR Directorate, Learning and Development Section. Attend and advise on prison service’s internal inspections of prison training departments.

Home Office, Police Leadership and Powers Unit (PLDPU) (2004 - 2006): Consultant on the development of a new Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP), a training programme for newly recruited police officers.

Current research students

1st Supervisor for Ausrine Bremner

2nd Supervisor for: Charlotte Knight, Ika Ruddock, Annette Crisp, Andrew Hill, Sofia Rista

Externally funded research grants information

National Childrens’ Bureau on behalf of ‘Participation Works’ (2008 – 2010) (Project Director). Evaluation of Participation Works, a scheme to develop capacity of voluntary organisations effecting children to involve children in all aspects of the organisation’s functioning and activity. Publication: Fleming J, Ward D and Yates S (2010) How To: use a consortium-working approach, London: National Children’s Bureau.

Howard League for Penal Reform (2010-2012) National Lottery (Co-researcher). Evaluation of URBoss, a participation-based scheme to provide legal support services to and influence, through evidence, services for young people sentenced to custody.

Professional esteem indicators

Editorial Boards: Managing Editor: British Journal of Community Justice;

Editorial Board Member: Groupwork.

Journal Reviewing:

  • Social Work Education;
  • Journal of Social Work;
  • British Journal of Social Work;
  • Groupwork;
  • British Journal of Community Justice;
  • European Journal of Social Work;
  • Practice.