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Cardiff University Reader appointed as board member at Wales’ social care regulator

28 May 2024

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A Cardiff University Reader in the School of Social Sciences has been appointed as a board member at Social Care Wales, the country’s regulatory body for social work and social care.

Abyd Quinn Aziz has been named by Social Care Wales as one of its new appointments after an open recruitment took place in 2023.

Mr Quinn Aziz is one of 5 appointees who will commence his role this year, with the other 6 who commence their role the following year.

The board is collectively responsible for making sure that Social Care Wales’s strategic direction is focused on the well-being goals for Wales.

Mr Quinn Aziz said:

I’m absolutely delighted to have been appointed as a board member for Social Care Wales. My aim is to support the good work of Social Care Wales as well as challenging the areas that require further development, in practice, social work and social care education and improvement.
Abyd Quinn-Aziz Reader

“I will be working with 14 other lay and social care members on the board with a range of backgrounds, such as lived experience of using services, senior roles in public services, politics and practice.”

His appointment comes after a suggestion by a colleague working on antiracism within the Welsh Government, who championed Mr Quinn Aziz’s wealth of experience working with social care and social work, coupled with his work on racism and social justice.

He added, “On top of this experience, being an immigrant to the UK and a person of colour  gives me valuable insights which I use to inform my work. Being invited to the table will allow me to dismantle some of the barriers and bring a different voice to the board.

The former Programme Director for Cardiff University’s social work master’s which is accredited and regulated by Social Care Wales, will further strengthen the links between social work education and provision in Wales.

Mr Quinn Aziz’s has been appointed after 25 years of experience in personal, professional, practical and managerial roles within social care.

He previously set up services in London and Wales before teaching on the social work qualifying programme at Cardiff University, now for 20 years.

His most recent practice roles were in chairing Child Protection Conferences and setting up the first Family Group Conferencing project in South Wales.

The Social Care Wales board role will last 4 years commencing in April 2024 following ministerial approval.

Find out more about Social Care Wales and Cardiff University’s Social Work master’s.

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