Lara Parish-Mackin

Lara is a practice tutor for the South East and East of England regions. She has been a practicing social worker and manager for the last 12 years. She has worked across a number of statutory teams, including assessment, family support and child protection, youth offending and unaccompanied minors. Lara was a consultant social worker during the evaluation of the Reclaiming Social Work model across five different local authorities. This was an opportunity that further embedded systemic ideas and developed her leadership skills.

Research interests

Lara is currently completing research alongside Hannah Thompson with regard to assessment feedback and social work practice development, exploring direct observations during the Frontline programme. This is being supported via the Tavistock and Portman Trust.


Lara has taught at the summer institute since 2016 and facilitated the systemic elements of the course. She has been a practice educator for seven years, and supported students and ASYE social workers, which is a role she has always valued and taken pride in. Lara is a trained facilitator in restorative practices and has led training for a local authority. In addition, she has been a lead in teaching the law and emerging practice to professionals within a youth offending setting.


Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education Masters Level (HEA Fellow)

Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families

MA Social Work

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Practice Educator Award (Levels 1 and 2)

Location: London

Coram Campus
41 Brunswick Square