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Hilary Jenkinson has been a lecturer at the School of Applied Social Studies since 1994. Previously she worked in youth work, residential childcare, and as a researcher. Currently Hilary teaches in the areas of groupwork and social work with young people across a number of courses in the school including, the Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Social Work programmes. Hilary is Director of the Bachelor of Social Work programme in the School of Applied Social Studies. Hilary is a research associate with the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21), and a member of the children and youth research cluster. Her research interests include staff support and supervision in youth work, young people's experiences of social work, and youth workers' experiences of challenging behaviour.
Hilary is a peer reviewer for the journal Child Care in Practice
Hilary commenced her career in the Department of Applied Social Studies as a Research Officer carrying out action research in an arts based pilot project in Tralee, for young people who had left school early. Her research focus has continued in the area of youth and has focused on both early school leaving, and developing a social work curriculum which adequately prepares professionals to work effectively with young people. In subsequent years her research focus has also encompassed the area of stress, staff support and supervision within the helping professions and she provides consultancy to a number of agencies in relation to the above.
She has made a significant contribution in relation to researching and collating information regarding the history and development of youth work in Ireland. She has also made a contribution to the literature within a social work context regarding developing best practice with social work with adolescents. In addition she has made contributions to youth work publications regarding the prevalence of stress and the importance of receiving adequate support and supervision within the profession. She has recently published a paper in Child & Youth Services entitled 'The importance and benefits of supervision for youth work practice' (Vol 31, Issue 3, pp157-169). In 2010 Hilary carried out a piece of research which explored the experiences of youth workers dealing with challenging behaviour within a youth work setting. This is a qualitative study involving over 40 youth work practitioners in Ireland. The aims of the study are to explore the nature of challenging behaviour within a youth work context, and also identify effective practice in managing this behaviour. She has presented a number conference papers on this topic and has had an article recently published in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties entitled 'Youth workers' experiences of challenging behaviour: lessons for practice'
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 16: 1, 35 ¿ 46 (2011) Hilary's current research project concerns the changes and developments which have occurred in the youth work sector in Ireland over the past decade, and the factors which have influenced these developments. This has invovled carrying out interviews with people centrally involved with Irish youth work in order to elicit a representative and grounded picture of the journey travelled and issues arising in the sector.
Hilary is a research associate with the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century (ISS21), and is a member of the children and youth research cluster.
Provision of training and mentoring in relation to staff support and supervision policies and procedures in YMCA Ireland
Provision of consultancy training in Dealing with Challenging Behaviour in Young People for Youth Work Ireland/Irish Youth Work Centre
Research Related Consultancy
2001 - 2008: Implementing staff support and supervision policies and procedures in YMCA Ireland
2007 - present: Provision of consultancy training in Dealing with Challenging Behaviour in Young People for Youth Work Ireland/Irish Youth Work Centre
2007 - present: Provision of consultancy training in Supervision in Youth WorkFor Youth Work Ireland/Irish Youth Work Centre
Hilary teaches in the areas of groupwork and social work with young people across a number of courses in the School, including the Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work Courses. She endeavours to apply principles of experiential and reflective learning models to her teaching which aim to advance students' learning through participation, reflection, interaction and reflection. Students are facilitated to engage in a process of critical analysis of professional knowledge in light of their own life and professional experiences, thus furthering the development of their own professional identities.