Hazel qualified as a social worker in 1994 and worked as a statutory social worker with adults and older people.
In 2001 she commenced teaching on undergraduate courses in social work on a range of modules at levels 4, 5 and 6.
In recent years Hazel taught social work at the University of Essex and enjoyed a brief return to frontline practice as a social worker in a hospital discharge team.
She's also practice-taught and assessed social work students on placement as a practice educator, mentored trainee practice educators and provided independent training on safeguarding to social care workers.
Hazel was awarded the Marc Lain award for outstanding academic achievement for her master's dissertation on the social construction of elder abuse.
In recent years Hazel has taught skills-based modules such as Readiness for Direct Practice, Lifespan Development, Safeguarding and Reflective Practice.
She is keen to support students in developing the knowledge values and skills required for rights-based social work practice and is a passionate advocate of co-production. She believes social work education is enriched by the participation of those who use services.
Wherever possible, Hazel engages the input of those with lived experience of social work interventions in the design and delivery of teaching and in the assessment of student achievement.
Her academic interests include the protection and safeguarding of adults.