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Dr Robert Geraint Johns

Senior Lecturer


    Robert joined UEL in 2003 as Head of Social Work and then Field Leader but since taking phased retirement in 2010 has worked as a 0.3 senior lecturer specialising in social work law. He has over 30 years' experience of statutory social work across the full range: youth justice, childcare, mental health, vulnerable adults and also as an independent children's guardian. With degree qualifications in social policy, law and social work he has taught applied social work law and social policy in higher education since 1986 on both professional qualifying and post-qualifying courses. He was a Teacher Fellow at De Montfort University and at UEL led the development of the MA in Social Work taught jointly with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. At Post-Qualifying level he has been involved in teaching and externally examining a range of programmes in the fields of child care, mental health, and safeguarding adults.



    Johns R.; 2011; Using the Law in Social Work (fifth edition). Learning Matters; Exeter. ISBN 978 0857254054
    Johns R.; 2010; Social Work, Social Policy and Older People. Learning Matters; Exeter. ISBN 978 1844453498

    Chapters In Books

    Johns R.; 2010; Vulnerability, Autonomy, Capacity and Consent in The Law and Social Work: Contemporary Issues for Practice: Long, L-A, Roche J. and Stringer, D. [eds.]; Palgrave: Basingstoke ISBN 9780 230 543034


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    Books Braye S and Preston-Shoot M, with Cull L-A., Johns R. and Roche J.; 2005; Teaching, learning and assessment of law in social work education. Social Care Institute for Excellence / Policy Press; London. ISBN 1904812201

    Johns R., Braye S. and Preston-Shoot M.; 2005; Law in Social Work Education: Reviewing the Evidence on Teaching, Learning and Assessment Social Work Education 24(5) ISSN 0261-5479

    Johns R.; 2004; Of unsound mind? Mental health social work and the European Convention on Human Rights. Practice 16(4)

    Johns R.; 2004; Of unsound mind? Mental health social work and the European Convention on Human Rights. Practice 16(4)

    Johns R.; 2003; Web based learning in social work law. Social Work Education 22(5) ISSN 0261-5479

    Johns R. and Sedgwick A.; 1998; Law for Social Work Practice: Working with Vulnerable Adults. Macmillan; Basingstoke

    Johns R. and Ruegger, M.; 1997; Using Theories in Social Work: Systems Theory. Open Learning Foundation; London

    Chapters in Books Johns R.; 2007; Teaching social work law in Social Work: A Companion to Learning: Lymbery, M. and Postle, K. [ed.]; Sage; London. ISBN 9781412920025

    Johns R.; 2001; Promoting quality parenting in Working with Children and their Families (Open University K204 course text): Tucker, S. [ed.]; Sage; London

    Refereed Articles Johns R.; and Saito, Y; 2008; Japanese students’ perceptions of international perspectives in social work. International Social Work 52(1): 60–71

    Johns R.; 2007; Who Decides Now? Protecting and Empowering Vulnerable Adults Who Lose the Capacity to Make Decisions for Themselves. British Journal of Social Work 37(3), April 2007, pp.557-564.

    Johns R. and Robson P.; 2006; Strengthening Partnership. Social Work Education 25(4) ISSN 0261-5479

    Braye S., Preston-Shoot M. and Johns R., 2006; Lost in translation? Teaching law to non-lawyers: reviewing the evidence from social work Law Teacher 40(2): 131-150



    Social work law, social work practice in statutory agencies particularly in a court context.

    Protection of children and vulnerable adults.

    Mental capacity and mental health.

    History of social work, especially residential care for young people.

    Providing consultancy for advocates for people seeking redress for past actions of social workers (as, for example, social work expert in court proceedings).



    SK1302 Social Work Law 1
    SK2302 Social Work Law 2
    SKM402 Law and Social Justice
    BA (Hons) Social Work
    MA Social Work
    Short Course: Best Interest Assessor: Deprivation of Liberty training
    Registered Social Worker - GSCC
    Fellow of Higher Education Academy
    External examiner for social work programmes at: Leeds University, Essex University, Goldsmiths College University of London