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Jo Williams

Jo has 25 years’ experience of direct practice in social care settings with both children and adults. Initially she worked in residential settings for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities. After qualifying as a social worker, she specialised in adoption, looked after children and children with disabilities; working for 10 years managing teams of social workers. Since 2015, Jo has been a Senior Lecturer for the University of Bedfordshire, delivering the Frontline programme.

Research interests

Jo’s main area of research interest is in relation to reflective supervision. Specifically, the emotional and relational landscape of this and “what makes good reflective supervision?” and how the relational and emotional aspects of supervision can impact on risk assessment and decision making in social work. Jo has also co-written a book exploring multi-agency professional relationships from a systemic perspective, and how fostering communities of practice can meet the therapeutic needs of children who are in foster care and adoptive families. Through her work with Frontline, Jo has an emerging interest in partnership teaching with experts by experience; and how they can meaningfully contribute to the planning, delivery and evaluation of social work education.


Diploma in Social Work, BA (Hons) Child and Adolescent Studies, MA in Social Work Leadership and Management

Selected publications

Kinman, G., McMurray, I., and Williams, J. (2014) ‘Enhancing Self Knowledge, Coping Skills and Stress Resistance’ in Grant, L. and Kinman, G. (eds.) (2014) Developing Resilience for Social Work Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Richardson, M., Peacock, F. (eds.) with Brown, G., Fuller, T., Smart, T and Williams, J. (2016) Fostering Good Relationships: Partnership Work in Therapy with Looked After and Adopted Children. London: Karnac Books.


Jo leads on law teaching for the Frontline programme and also lectures on direct work with children. Additionally, she works with the experts by experience group who contribute to teaching over the Summer Institute.

Location: London

1 Rosebery Avenue,

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