Dr Darrel Williams BSc, MA
Tel: 01267 676808
Lecturer on the undergraduate and postgraduate professionally qualifying Youth and Community Work programmes. Also Fieldwork Coordinator for the programmes.
Senior Lecturer School of Social Justice and Inclusion: working as part of the programme team to develop and deliver a range of undergraduate and post graduate modules as part of professionally qualifying programmes of study. Coordinating fieldwork learning.
Currently researching Youth Work and well-being. Also practice Assessor – Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University: assessing youth and community and community development students on placement
I am a member of the Training Agencies Group Cymru, the group which acts as a forum for collaboration in Youth and Community Work training across Wales. I am also a member of the Youth Work Alliance Wales, a cross sector forum the coordination of issues relating to Youth Work across Wales.
Currently teaching in the areas of reflective practice, fieldwork, experiential learning, and research methods. Modules include: Research Methods for the Youth Service, Supervision and Support Skills, Focused Practice, Detached and Outreach Youth Work along with undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation supervision.
My research interests include the well-being of young people, the effects of new forms of media and the changing face of Youth Work in the public sector.
I have gained considerable experience through a career in the public sector including being involved in the validation of a number of programmes within the School of Social Justice and Inclusion and also professional endorsement of our BA and MA Programme. I have also been a member of the endorsement panel for the undergraduate youth work programme at UWN. I am also research active in the field of wellbeing and currently involved in research in a local authority youth service.
Previously I have had responsibility for strategic oversight of the maintained youth service within a local authority including responsibility for strategic planning, resource and performance management. A team of 45 full time and 120 part time staff, a budget of £1.2M PA. Also liaison with WG and providing strategic leadership for the maintained youth sector across Wales through chairmanship of the Principal Youth Officers Group.
I have enjoyed membership of the UK expert working group which developed current National Occupational Standards for Youth Work. I also act as visiting H.E. tutor and was a member of the sector skills council Country Panel. My MA level dissertation topic critically explored whether professional supervision can improve practice. I am also trained as an Estyn peer assessor, ISO inspector.
I have undertaken a number of projects in collaboration with National Foundation for Educational Research, have secured training grants from Welsh Government.