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Ian Jone

Ian Jones

Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences


Undergraduate teaching of  Working with Children, Young People and Families; Youth Studies; and Youth Justice. New Course Leader for the new Masters in Youth Work Leadership and Practice (PSRB validated) / Masters in Leadership and Practice with Young People starting in 2022/23.

School of Social Sciences staff representative on the School Research Ethics Committee (SREC).

Career overview

Statutory, Charitable and Third Sector

Children, Young People and Families

Community Capacity Building


Informal/Social Education

Social Pedagogy

Practitioner Research Methodologies

Drawing from at least 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 Primary/Secondary School Governor. Types of 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 Steering Group 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. Recently joined NTU as Senior Lecturer working across the following courses;  BA (hons) Youth Studies, BA (hons) Youth Justice and FdA Working with Children & Young People.

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

Member of:

Citizenship, Democracy and Transformation Research Group (CDT)

Critical Criminology and Social Justice Research Group (CCJ)

School of Social Sciences Practice Pathway Panel (Priority 5 Working Group: Increase our influence in developing policy and practice through consultancy, reputation building and external engagement, both UK and international)

Current Research Study:

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

External activity

Steering Group member of the Professional Association of Lecturers in Youth & Community Work (PALYCW)

Journal Article Reviewer - Education Sciences (ISSN: 2227-7102): International peer-reviewed open access journal published monthly online by MDPI.

Journal Article Reviewer - Youth (ISSN: 2673-995X): 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.


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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