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Environmentally induced displacement
Refugees and asylum seekers
Ukraine case study

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Jess Grace Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work and currently the programme leader for the BA (Hons) Applied Social Work at the University of Derby. She is responsible for the overview of the regulated undergraduate Social Work programme. Prior to joining the University, Jess has been a practising social worker in a range of settings and still works as an independent social worker today. She is module leader for Domestic Abuse on the BA, Contemporary Issues in Social Work on the MA and teach across other modules on the programmes. Jess's professional interests include the impact of developmental trauma throughout the life cycle, systemic and multi-professional working, trauma informed care and supervision, domestic abuse and gender based violence. She is also an expert witness for domestic abuse work in the family courts providing comprehensive risk assessments of perpetrators to assist in decision making for children. Jess's research interests include gender bias in family courts and the re-victimisation of domestic abuse survivors through child protection and the family courts. she is currently studying an MSc in Attachment Theory, Research and Practice, and is a member of Social Work England. Jess has worked in social care since 2006, starting as a volunteer for women's aid and becoming a qualified social worker in 2011. She has managed multi-professional teams in mother and child residential, child development services and at Pause, working with women subject to recurrent care proceedings and child removals. Her focus over the last four years has been implementing evidence-based services.

Social Work, Childhood and Youth Studies
the University of Surrey
University of Derby
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Join Jess Grace Jackson as she delivers a powerful Spotlight on understanding displaced people, thinking specifically about the needs and vulnerabilities of displaced people and the role of social work in helping people who have encountered such hardship. Jess identifies the difference between a refugee and an asylum seeker, looks at the recent crisis in Ukraine and poses a scenario based activity involving an Afghani family, and the moral and legal implications of their case.

University of Derby
Social Work, Childhood and Youth Studies

University of Derby

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby offers industry-relevant, expert teaching, study and research. They offer industry-relevant, expert teaching, study and research. The University of Derby is a place where you can live your dream, where you can realise your vision for your future. It's a place where you can truly be yourself and where you can take your passion and talent and use them to create a better world. They have a long and proud heritage of using their knowledge and innovation to support the prosperity of the Derbyshire region, the nation and around the world. Their strong industry links, expert academics and real-world classroom facilities equip and prepare students to fulfil their potential, whatever their background.

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