Telephone:020 7815 6737
School/Division:Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care
Darlene Lamont obtained her first degree in Canada in 1980 before obtaining a post as a Probation & Parole Officer specialising in work with female offenders. Following this Darlene qualified as a social worker in the United Kingdom in 1984 and has been employed for most of the intervening years within national or local government bodies working in either Adult or Children's Services.
Darlene has a particular interest in Women's issues as a result of a growing specialism in direct work with women and child survivors of Domestic Abuse. She also worked on the first education pilot for perpetrators of spousal assault; was on the board of directors of her local Victim Support, and held two past Directorships for two Refuges for women and child survivors in Canada and the United Kingdom.
After achieving her post graduate Masters in Professional Education & Training and Advanced Award in Social Work, Darlene was seconded to the post of Project Manager of eight strategic projects involving local authority learning and development partners across the South West London region. She commissioned one of the first service user and carer projects as well as a variety of practice learning pilots focussed on increasing the quantity and quality of placements; common practice learning (HEI) paperwork, the first Step Up to Social Work pilot and an Assessor Development course for NVQ/QCF assessors.
During her time in the public service, Darlene has been a manager and practice educator of two student units. She has additionally mentored, assessed and taught hundreds of social work students of all levels and in a variety of placement settings towards their graduate diplomas and degrees. Darlene is an action learning facilitator, coach and mentor for the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment for graduate students delivering social work education and training courses to experienced social workers in-house. She has recently been involved in assisting Human Resources staff to rewrite job descriptions and career progression schemes linked to the new Professional Capabilities Framework.
Darlene's current focus involves teaching a post graduate module to social workers who recently completed their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment and trainee Practice Educators.
Darlene Lamont is a registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council; an Associate Fellow with the Higher Education Academy; a member of The College of Social Work.
Until recently Darlene volunteered in the community as a carer for an older person with physical disabilities; a backup Foster Carer; and bid writer for Charitable organisations.
Darlene had a cameo role in a recent UK Hip Hop video and has lead music and poetry groups in maximum security prisons.