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Simon joined the College in 2002 as an associate tutor and researcher on the then Central London Connexions Pilot. Prior to his appointment, Simon worked in a number of youth work contexts including community based youth work, faith based youth work and centre based youth work. As a practitioner, Simon was heavily influenced by the ideas of deliberative democracy, community practice and rights, as a way of engaging young people; principles that have provided a constant theme in his research, teaching and management responsibilities. .
As part of the HE programme team Simon helped to develop a specialist interest in ethics and values in youth work. In his most recent publication, Philosophy in Youth and Community Work (2014, with Mike Seal), he has put together a range of philosophical reflections that encourage practitioners to look beyond the assumptions and rhetoric of youth work values; encouraging philosophical enquiry as a tool for reflection on professional practice.
Since joining the College in 2002 Simon has held several positions. As fulltime lecturer and programme director for the College’s HE programme Simon held managerial responsibility for programme quality, monitoring and evaluation and programme validations, until November 2016 when he took on the role Head of Department, HE Programmes, where he now takes the lead role in the management and service delivery of the College’s Higher Education Programmes.
Publications: Differentiated Teaching and Learning in Youth Work (2010) Sense (with Brian Belton) and Philosophical Perspectives in Youth Work (due Aug 2011) Russell House (with Mike Seal).