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Research Profile

Dr Colin Young 

Career Profile

Almost 20 years of front-line practice – as a generic social worker (Buckinghamshire), then attached to the Neurology Unit at the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff (1985 – 1995), and then as a GP attached social worker (1995 – 2002)  – this extensive practice informs my teaching and research.

Employed as an Associate Tutor, Cardiff University 1995-2002, and as a Professional Tutor, 2002 – present.

I  have lead responsibility for developing service user and carer involvement on the new MA in social work course.

I  have been  involved with self-help groups, particularly providing advice on the role of the social worker to the MS Society, and assisting in the formation of a local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. I regularly provide informal advice to organisations such as Age Concern, Carers Centre and People First (learning disability).  Advised on policy development on carers issues to carers’ groups and Local Authorities. Actively involved with BASW,  helping to facilitating the Special Interest Group in older people, and providing feedback on Welsh Assembly Government publications on adults.

I have lead responsibility for registration of academic staff, with a social work qualification, with the Care Council for Wales.

Memberships / External Activities

I am a member of British Association of Social Workers.(BASW).  I am a full member of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation. Member of the Stroke Research  Development Group. Various consultancy  inputs to Local Authorities, e.g. Community Care Law, Young Carers. I am a referee for the journal Research, Policy and Planning. 

I review books on a variety of topics related to social with adults for the British Journal of Social Work. A recent example can be found in  The British Journal of Social Work (June 2009)  vol. 39, no 4 pp 776- 779.    


I have undertaken a number of presentations at conferences in recent years, and include links here  to the relevant web-sites, for the 2 most recent ones:

Enclosed below is a link to a presentation given on risk and professional artistry, with Professor Tom Horlick-Jones,  at the British Sociological Association and City University London, Risk Conference - 27th February 2009:

I contributed to the development of a presentation delivered by one of our service user partners – Cardiff and Vale Coalition of Disabled People – 17th – 18th November 2009 –conference on service user involvement and participation in social care, at the University of Kassel, Germany:

Teaching Profile

Main teaching areas in social work :

  • Anti-discriminatory practice, particularly: ageism, and social models of disability;
  • Carers’ issues, especially young carers;
  • Health related social work;
  • Community Care law and social work  practice with all adult groups.

I developed teaching modules on a Post-Qualifying (PQ) Community Care course that ran from 2003 to 2007. I now teach a module on advanced social work practice with adults contained in the new PQ MSc. in Social Work Programme run by Cardiff University