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Ian Jone

Ian Jones

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Social Work and Health


I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work, Care & Community. Currently Course Leader for the Masters in Youth Work Leadership and Practice (PSRB validated) / Masters in Leadership and Practice with Young People Degree

MA roles include Course Leader, Admissions Lead, Placement Coordinator, NEC Coordinator & External Liaison Link (Collaborations & Partnerships), Personal Tutor & Dissertation Supervisor.

I teach the following modules:

  • Research Project/Dissertation
  • Professional Practice (Placement)
  • Leadership & Management in Practice

Previousley supported teaching across various degrees: FdA Working with Children, Young People and Families; BA Youth Justice; and BA Youth Studies.

Member of the School Employability Working Group.

Previousley a staff representative on the School Research Ethics Committee (SREC) 2020-2022.

Lead for the Professional Practitioners Network (PPN).

Career overview

Drawing from 30 years practice experience of working with children, young people and families in the statutory and third sectors. Ranging from volunteer through to Children's Services Area Manager; Play Organisation Co-Founder/Director and  School Governor (Primary/Secondary). Work included issue-based group work; 1:1 support; detached and outreach; case work; crime diversionary; equality, diversity and inclusion;  participation/voice and influence; community capacity building; play work; youth exchange (International Youth Festival, European cultural/educational visits, education/life skills through arts, alternative schools); Duke of Edinburgh Award, National Citizen Service.

Discipline professionally qualified, am involved with various bodies/agencies that work with children and young people. Currently a Strategic Development Committee Member of PALYCW-Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth & Community Work which develops links/collaborations with a wide range of local/regional/national/international agencies/organisations that work with young people.

Teaching since 2013, initially supporting PGD students in professional practice to becoming the Programme Lead for a suite of youth work and community development courses L2/L3, BA (hons) and PGD/Masters. Joined NTU in 2020 as Senior Lecturer working across the portfolio of 'Youth'  degrees.

Part way through PhD research study focusing upon contemporary child welfare practice in England drawing upon the notion of Social Pedagogy as a possible conceptually based approach for practice and improved outcomes for children and young people.

"A phenomenological mixed-methods exploratory study of the ‘Children's Workforce’ consideration of social pedagogy."

Research areas

I am interested in a range of social justice areas including children, young people and families. Key themes of interest include:

  • Informal / Social Education Pedagogies
  • Social Pedagogy
  • Practitioner Research Methodologies
  • Kinship Foster Care

Member of:

  • Centre for Policy, Citizenship & Society Research Centre (CPCS)
  • Youth Research Group
  • Citizenship, Democracy and Transformation Research Group (CDT)
  • Critical Criminology and Social Justice Research Group (CCJ)
  • Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families (NCCYPF)
  • School of Social Sciences Practice Pathway Panel

Current Research Study:

"A phenomenological mixed-methods exploratory study of the ‘Children's Workforce’ consideration of social pedagogy."

Other Current Research:

  • Proposal: 'Kinship Care and Contact' - updating and expanding the typology of 'contact' in relation to recent technological developments.
  • Proposal: Exploring DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) a model of therapy created by Dan Hughes that was created specifically for children who have experienced developmental trauma. Collaboration with Local Authority Social Work Service.

External activity

External Examiner: University of Bradford – BA (hons) Working with Children, Young People & Families

Strategic Development Committee (SDC) member of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth & Community Work (PALYCW) TAG:PALYCW (

Reviewer - Education Sciences (ISSN: 2227-7102): Education Sciences | An Open Access Journal from MDPI International peer reviewed open access journal published monthly online by MDPI.

Reviewer - Youth (ISSN: 2673-995X): Youth | An Open Access Journal from MDPI International, peer reviewed, open access journal on education, sociology, economics, cultural studies and other social perspectives of youth and young adulthood published quarterly online by MDPI.

Reviewer - IJERPH (ISSN: 1660-4601): International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | An Open Access Journal from MDPI, an interdisciplinary, open access journal published semi-monthly online. It covers Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Public Health, Environmental Health, Occupational Hygiene, Health Economic and Global Health Research, etc

Reviewer – Teacher Education (MDPI) Teacher Education

Reviewer – Behavioural Sciences (MDPI) Behavioural Sciences is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal of psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, behavioural biology and behavioural genetics.


Jones, I.D,; Brady, G. (2022) Informal Education Pedagogy Transcendence from the ‘Academy’ to Society in the Current and Post COVID Environment. IN Alldred, P & Howard, F (Eds.)  Education Sciences, Educating Informal Educators (Special Issue Print). Link to Book Chapter:

Jones, I.D,; Brady, G. (2022) Informal Education Pedagogy Transcendence from the ‘Academy’ to Society in the Current and Post COVID Environment. International Journal of Education Sciences. Special Issue, Educating Informal Educators, 12, 37.

Jones, I. (2021) The Journey So Far: The Pandemic, Life-changes, and what happened to my Haltung? Social Pedagogy Development Network (SPDN) Webinar. Exploring Social Pedagogy Concepts during Turbulent Times. Presenting auto-biographical case study of Academic and Kinship Carer role in the pandemic.

Jones, I. (2019) What does social pedagogy mean to to you? Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) Annual Conference. Workshop delivery - bringing together stakeholders, trainers, researchers, organizations and those interested in the notion of social pedagogy and its uses. Lincoln.

Jones, I. (2019) Children's Workforce understanding of Social Pedagogy in England - an exploratory study. Research Poster Presentation - Postgraduate Research Society Conference. Leeds Beckett University.

Jones, I. (2018) Comparative Analysis of Research Fields and Designs.  University Centre - Bradford College Symposium.

Jones, I. and Rodgers-Gray, T. (2016) The Faculty Research Centre, 'REFLECT' and the key themes of social pedagogy, safeguarding and comparative practice through international collaboration. "The Bradford College Spring Colloquium - Exploring the Bradford Context". Conference in sharing and celebrating the scholarship and research portfolio of the faculty as 'teacher-scholars'; and showing our role as contributors to the social, economic and cultural life of people and communities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Jones, I. (2016) Social Pedagogy, Youth and Social Transformations, a UK context. International Conference on Social Pedagogy: To explore the theoretical concept of social pedagogy, comparative practice and border pedagogy from a UK perspective. Abstract and full paper published in E-Book. University of Girona, Spain.

Jones, I. (2016) Social Pedagogy, Comparative Practice and Border Pedagogy. Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action and Participation.  Liverpool Hope University.

Jones, I and Koral, N. (2015) Questioning Teaching and Learning in Youth and Community Work, New Communities of Practice - where should the craft of youth work fit?  'Questioning Paradigms in Youth and Community Work – Imagining a Different Future', Annual Conference: Education Otherwise – Creating Communities of Practice. Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth and Community Work.

Jones, I and Roders-Gray, T. (2015) Recognising Heterogeneity and its Impact.  University Centre - Bradford College. The findings of the three scholarly activities in relation to ‘Internationalisation: Comparative Practice in Social Care, Scandinavia and the UK.’

Jones, I. (2015) The Future Challenges both in NGO, Youth Work and Cultural Management, to try to find answers to the current and future questions. 'Future in Our Hands’ Humak University of Applied Sciences, Finland.

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