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Gavin  Tucker

Gavin Tucker

Senior Lecturer

School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

023 8201 2600 ext. 2600 Room no. RM115

Biography

I have been at Solent University since January 2016. Prior to that I was senior lecturer in social work at London Metropolitan University. I began my career in higher education as a social work lecturer at Havering College, in East London.

I am also a qualified and HCPC registered social worker. I have spent a lot of my time in practice working with young people in the criminal justice system. My most recent post in practice was as a practice manager in a London youth offending team. Among other roles, I have also worked in child protection as a social worker, I have been a residential worker in a children’s home and I have worked in the voluntary sector, both with children and adults. I also have previous experience working as a volunteer community mediator, helping resolve community-based disputes. 

Taught courses

Further information

  1. Industry experience

    Gavin's industry experience includes working as a practice manager and social worker in a London youth offending team. Follow the link below for more information...
    • Practice manager and social worker in a London youth offending team.
    • Practitioner in a national voluntary sector organisation, supporting families.
    • Child protection social worker in a large local authority.
    • Family centre worker with a unitary local authority.
    • Residential worker in a local authority children’s home.
    • Project worker for a national mental health charity working with younger adults.
    • Project worker for a local charity working with homeless adults.
    • Volunteer community mediator and volunteer mental health advocate. 
  2. Research interests

    Gavin's research interests include the experience of young people in the criminal justice system, especially during resettlement after time in custody and education provision for young people in the criminal justice system.
  3. Awards

    Gavin's awards include a BA Archaeology (University College London), an MSc International and European Politics (Edinburgh University)...
    • BA Archaeology (University College London).
    • MSc International and European Politics (Edinburgh University).
    • MSc Social Work (Southampton University).
    • PG Cert in higher education teaching (Anglia Ruskin).
    • Graduate Certificate in systemic practice (Institute of Family Therapy).
    • Graduate Certificate in social work practice education (PEPS 1 and 2, Open University).
  4. Work in progress

    Gavin is planning to begin a doctorate, looking at the education opportunities available to young people involved in the criminal justice system.