Dr Jon Symonds
PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons), MA (Hons)
- Conversation Analysis
- social work
- family support
Senior Lecturer in Social Work with Children and FamiliesSchool for Policy Studies
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My research interests focus on understanding and improving practice in professional encounters, informed by my background as a registered social worker. I am experienced in making direct recordings of practice and using Conversation Analysis to identify (and improve) specific components of professional interaction. I have applied this to my doctoral research on the recruitment of fathers to parenting programmes as well as in other funded projects. My other research interests are in families, parenting and fatherhood, and practitioner engagement skills. I am an original member of the UoB Conversation Analysis Research Group.
Older men at the margins (OMAM) with Dr Paul Willis, Tricia Jessiman and Professor David Abbott.
Outcomes in social care assessments (OSCA) with Professor Liz Lloyd and Dr William Turner.
Recruiting fathers to family support services with South Gloucestershire Council.
The values of assessment (2017) with Professor Val Williams, Dr Sue Porter, Caroline Miles, Mike Steel and the West of England Centre for Inclusive Living.
Fathers with learning disabilities and their experiences of social care (2017) with Dr Daryl Dugdale.
Telephone calls to GP receptionists (2016) with Professor Elizabeth Stokoe and Dr Rein Sikveland.
Understanding the causes of miscommunication in primary care consultations for children with acute cough (UnPAC) (2015) with Dr Christie Cabral and Dr Rebecca Barnes.
'Have you got a partner as well?' Engaging fathers and other carers with parenting programmes: a study using Conversation Analysis (2015) PhD thesis.
DescriptionConnected aims to help decision-makers in Adult
Social Care (ASC) make better decisions by growing their ability to use
research evidence. We are a partnership of Local Authority ASC departments,…
Managing organisational unitBristol Medical School (PHS)
01/09/2021 to 28/02/2025
Identifying communicative expertise in child and family social work supervision: interdisciplinary and international perspectives
DescriptionAt their best, social workers support children and their families to overcome the biggest challenges in their lives, but in order to do this, social workers need to be effectively…
02/03/2020 to 31/07/2020
03/02/2020 to 28/02/2022
DescriptionFamily support services are tasked with promoting the wellbeing of children by providing support to them and their families. However, services often find it difficult to recruit fathers and therefore…
01/10/2016 to 31/07/2017
Older men at the margins: a study of older mens experiences of seeking social engagement and combating loneliness in later life.
DescriptionIn collaboration with Age UK, this 2-year project identified how older men (65+) from hard-to-reach and seldom-heard groups experienced loneliness and social isolation and sought to alleviate this in later…
30/09/2016 to 30/04/2018
“We need you to notice us, we need you to not dismiss us, we need to feel heard”: A Narrative Inquiry Into the Experiences of Young People with Mental Health Needs Who Are Receiving Outreach Hospital Education.
An exploration of social worker relationships, roles and the wellbeing of children in long-term care
Using Participatory Action Research to Develop a Resource for use in Reflective Supervision in Child and Family Social Work
Men and Welfare
- Chapter in a book
Children and Youth Services Review
- Other contribution
- E-pub ahead of print