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jo ward

Principal Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social Work and Health


As principal lecturer in the Division of Social Work and Professional Practice, Jo has a management role within the social work team, specialising in Continuous Professional Development. Jo teaches about adoption and children in care, examining contemporary policy and practice. Jo is module leader for Leadership, Management and Safeguarding and Action Learning, which apply leadership and management theories to social work. She also acts as a dissertation supervisor. Jo is the course leader for the MA in Professional Practice.

Jo also carries out research into various aspects of adoption and children in care, with links to local adoption agencies and local authorities; she is currently researching the impact of government adoption policies, and in a separate project, the links between infertility and adoption.

Career overview

Jo was a social worker for 20 years before joining NTU, latterly as the manager of an adoption support team in a local authority.

Research areas

Jo's research interests are:

Recent - the development of adoption in a historical context; the uses of adoption in an international context; an evaluation of a partnership between a local adoption agency and a local authority.

Current - the implementation of government adoption policy, especially around adopter recruitment; the links between infertility and adoption.

External activity

Chair of a local voluntary agency adoption panel.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Collaboration with local authorities to design and deliver postqualifying social work training
  • In research, Faith in Families adoption agency; Family Care adoption agency, both in Nottingham