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Miss Jenny Simpson

Profile summary

  • Regional Academic Staff
  • Staff Tutor
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
  • Regions & Nations (HWSC)
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Professional biography

Jenny Simpson took up post as Head of Social Work (England) in September 2017.  Previously she worked as a regional academic manager working for The Open University, on its undergraduate social work programme in the south of England. As a social work practitioner, she specialised in children and family social work, in particular foster care. She has also worked extensively with educational establishments in the area of child protection and building resilience in Looked After Children.

Research interests

Jenny is particularly interested in the area of  'social media'/ 3G communication and contact for Looked After Children.  Another interest Jenny has is in social work as a profession and she has recently had published an article loss and grief as experienced by Social Workers


Jenny is currently undertaking a PhD with Edinburgh University where the focus of her research is Looked After Children and issues related to contact.   Her study of this area provides an opportunity, unlike existing research, to capture how  contact between LAC and their birth families has changed as a result of 3G telecommunications and social media, and whether or not there is a tangible impact in terms of key areas of local authority care e.g. placement stability; reunification and safeguarding. 

Teaching interests

Jenny supports the delivery and development of the current Open University social work curriculum through her work as a Module Team member for K216 (Applied Social Work Practice).  She is currently part of a working group within the University's Social Work Department which  has been tasked with developing the practice component of the new social work degree.  This involvement has prompted further personal interest in the implementation of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) by local authorities and she has worked closely with a number of Social Work Education Groups to regarding the development of regional moderation panels. 



Staying in touch in the digital era: New social work practice (2017)
Simpson, J. E.
Journal of Technology in Human Services, 35(1)
Taking advantage of dissonance: a CPD framework (2017)
Simpson, Jennifer Evyonne; Bardsley, Janet; Haider, Sharif; Bayley, Kenneth; Brown, Gill; Harrington-Vail, Amanda and Dale-Emberton, Ann
Journal of Children's Services, 12(1) (pp. 1-15)
Addressing the needs of the children’s integrated workforce: A method for developing collaborative practice through joint learning (2016-11-01)
Harrington-Vail, Amanda; Simpson, Jenny; Haider, Sharif; Bardsley, Janet; Brown, Gill; Bayley, Kenneth and Dale-Emberton, Ann
Journal of Playwork Practice, 3(2) (pp. 107-124)
Developing a CPD Framework in a time of organisational cultural conflict (2016-04)
Simpson, J.; Bayley, K.; Haider, S.; Bardsley, J.; Brown, G.; Dale-Emberton, A. and Harrington-Vail, A.
Organisational Studies and Innovation Review, 2(2) (pp. 64-70)
A divergence of opinion: how those involved in child and family social work are responding to the challenges of the Internet and social media (2016-02-01)
Simpson, Jenny
Child and Family Social Work, 21(1) (pp. 94-102)
Technology and the fostered child: A new social work response (2015)
Simpson, Jenny
Sociological Studies of Children and Youth, 19 (pp. 351-367)
"It's good to talk?" (2014)
Simpson, Jenny
Every Child Journal, 4(2) (pp. 49-54)
Managing unregulated contact in the age of new technology: Possible solutions (2013-12)
Simpson, Jenny
Adoption and Fostering, 37(4) (pp. 380-388)
Grief and loss: a social work perspective (2012-12)
Simpson, Jennifer E.
Journal of Loss and Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping, 18(1) (pp. 81-90)
Rethinking empirical research into Children in Care and Contact (2016-08-26)
Simpson, Jenny
In : 6th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work (25-26 Aug 2016, Zwolle, Netherlands)
Taking advantage of dissonance: the development of a CPD model for a children’s integrated service (2016-07-31)
Simpson, Jenny; Marsh, Glynis; Haider, Sharif; Bardsley, Janet; Bayley, Kenneth; Brown, Gill; Harrington-Vail, Amanda and Dale-Emberton, Ann
In : European Business and Management Conference (7-10 Jul 2016, Brighton, England)
Staying in touch in the digital era: New social work practice (2016-06-29)
Simpson, Jenny
In : Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016 (27-30 Jun 2016, Seoul, South Korea)
Developing a CPD Framework in a time of organizational cultural conflict (2016-04-15)
Simpson, Jenny; Bardsley, Janet; Bayley, Kenneth; Haider, Sharif; Brown, Gill; Dale-Emberton, Ann and Harrington-Vail, Amanda
In : MBAcademy International Business Conference (15-17 Apr 2016, Brunel University, London)
Developing a model of CPD for a children’s integrated workforce (2015-11)
Simpson, Jenny; Bardsley, Janet; Bayley, Kenneth and Haider, Sharif
In : National Children and Adult Services Conference (14-16 Oct 2015, Bournemouth)
"Out with the old and in with the new": The need for social work practice to be informed by the sociology of childhood (2015-07-27)
Simpson, Jenny
In : 5th International Conference on Sociology and Social Work 2015. New Directions in Critical Sociology and Social Work: Identity, Narratives and Praxis (26-27 Aug 2015, University of Chester)
Gathering perspectives on CPD (2015-07-17)
Simpson, Jenny; Haider, Sharif; Bardsley, Janet and Bayley, Kenneth
In : JSWEC 2015 (15-17 Jul 2015, Open University, Milton Keynes)
Unsupervised contact in the age of new technology: possible solutions (2015-04)
Simpson, Jenny
In : BAPSCAN Congress 2015 (12-15 Apr 2015, Edinburgh)
Making connections between practitioner's personal use of social media and social work practice (2014-07-23)
Simpson, Jenny
In : JSWEC 2014 Social Work Making Connections (23-25 Jul 2014, Royal Holloway, University of London)
Whose risk? The mobile phone, risk and the looked after child (2014-05-19)
Simpson, Jenny
In : Safeguarding Vulnerable Children and Adults: Risk and Vulnerability. International Professional Symposium. (19-20 May 2014, High Wycombe, UK)
Vulnerability and safeguarding: the social work 'trump cards' for the digital age (2013-06-24)
Simpson, Jenny
In : Social Media in Social Research (24 Jun 2013, London)
Technology in Social Work Education: Educators’ Perspectives on the NASW Technology Standards for Social Work Education and Supervision (2017-01)
Anthony, Becky; Baker, Lisa; Brady, Shane R.; Counselman-Carpenter, Beth; Cummings, Stephen; Curington, Allison M.; Ferrari, Katherine D.; Fink-Samnick, Ellen; Goldkind, Lauri; Joiner, Janet M.; Jones, Nathalie; King, Dione M.; Marquart, Matthea; Parga, Jennifer; Quinn, Carlene; Rembold, Liz; Schwartz, Sara L.; Simpson, Jenny; Singer, Jonathan B.; Taylor, Amanda M.L.; Young, Jimmy A. and Zgoda, Karen
University at Buffalo School of Social Work, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY.