Mr Colin Elton

Senior Lecturer Social Work & Social Care

Email address: Phone number: 01902 321190 Location: Wolverhampton City Campus Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Community and Society Areas of expertise: Social Work Management Safeguarding Children Social Care Complaints & Representations


Have worked in the social care industry from 1981 – 2003. Although experienced in generic social work my career has focused upon working with children and families. Between 1991 – 2003 I became involved in managing social work staff working with children and families and safeguarding children.


From 2003 – present I have worked in further and higher education establishments where I have used my knowledge of the social care industry to teach social care and social work students in preparation and reediness for working in this industry.


Current appointment Senior Lecturer Social Work & Social Care 1st September 2010 – present.

Current Main Teaching Areas:

BA (Hons) Social Work

BA (Hons) Social Care




Research interests

  • Attachment Disorder
  • Looked After Children
  • Safeguarding Children

Membership of professional bodies


Dip SW

PG Diploma Health and Social Services Management

Advanced Award in Social Work

Professional Register Entry: Registered Social Worker (HCPC)


Cert eD PGCE- 2006 


Dip SW                                                                                                            December 2016

PG Diploma Health and Social Services Management

Advanced Award in Social Work

PIN No: SW24558.

Professional Register Entry: Registered Social Worker (HCPC)                              November 2018


December 2016


November 2018

Previous professional experience

Birmingham City University Senior Lecturer Social Work – 2009 to 2010.

Responsible for teaching on the BSc (Honours) in Social Work and have a significant administrative role combined with teaching on this degree programme. These responsibilities include providing opportunities for a group of students to receive tutorial support and also to monitor and support their leaning whist on compulsory placements required by the General Social Care Council. This role requires significant work with partner agencies.  

Walsall College Lecturer in Health and Social Care -  2004 to 2009.

I undertook teaching responsibilities for BTEC First Diploma in Health and Social Care, BTEC National Award, Cert and Diploma in Health and Social Care, Access to Social Work and Foundation Degree in Community Health and Social Care in partnership with Wolverhampton University. I have previous experience of teaching on a range of Health and Social Care and Early Years courses. I have Course management responsibilities for all HE provision in the School of Care attend HE exam board and planning meetings, am a Tutorial Champion and attend regular cross college meetings to share good practice and undertake group and individual tutorial work with students on a weekly basis and make visits to students on work experience placements. I also mark, Internally Verify and Moderate students work and working closely with External Examiners and Wolverhampton University in these processes.

Cannock Chase Technical College, Course Tutor – 2003 to 2004.

As a course tutor I was responsible for a specific group of students on the Advanced Health and Social Care Course (B-TEC National) and have to monitor their work and set targets through individual tutorials. I negotiate a range of placements for my tutor group ranging from Hospitals to Schools and monitor the students during their time there. I was also responsible for delivering lessons on Sociology, Social Policy, Special Needs and Protecting Children. I also teach Communications as a Key Skill. I set and mark assignments in line with the brief from the examining body and I also moderate other lectures marking.

Sandwell Borough Council Attendance Strategy Manager – 2002 to 2003.

Service Manager for the Education Welfare Service with senior management (third tier) responsibilities in the LEA and lead officer for all child protection matters and mentoring Head Teachers through issues of Child Protection allegations against staff members, producing attendance targets, Public Service Agreements and working and negotiating with the DfES.

Birmingham City Council Locality Manager Children & Families – 2001 to 2002.

Senior Manager responsible for the delivery of Assessment & Care Management functions of the Children & Family Teams providing Child Protection and Family Support Services under Section 17 & 47 Children Act 1989. I became involved in the development of Action Learning Sets offering support to senior managers to develop managerial strategies to assist the process of change.

Staffordshire County Council Team Manager, Children & Families – 1991 to 2001.

Managing a team of Family Support Workers, Social Workers & Senior Practitioners responsible for delivering Assessments under the DOH guidelines for the Assessment Framework. This includes Child Protection Investigative Work and Family Support Packages in order to promote the welfare of the child. My Team was responsible for initiating Care Proceedings and Adoption work where necessary. I continued to offer student placement on my team as an accredited practice teacher

Wolverhampton Borough Council, Community Social Worker – 1988 to 1991.

Generic Social Work post in which my caseload was predominantly childcare and Child Protection weighted. I worked with children in both residential and foster care placements, Adoption, Wardship and instigated Place of Safety Orders and Care Proceedings under the Children & Young Persons Act 1969. I undertook training as an Approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act 1983. I worked with a number of service users who had severe mental health problems and also other adults who required support to live within the community. I became a practice teacher and worked with both Student Social Workers and trainee Social Workers.

Wolverhampton Borough Council, Senior Education Welfare Officer – 1986 to 1988.

Responsible for managing a team of 5 Education Welfare Officers, a Child Employment Officer & Team Clerks. The aim was to provide a social work service to children who were displaying difficulty in attending school and where necessary instigate legal proceedings under the Education Act 1933 or Care Proceedings under the Children & Young Persons Act 1969.

Wolverhampton Borough Council, Education Welfare Officer – 1982 to 1986.

Working in a Secondary School supporting the feeder Primary Schools to provide a social work service to address children’s attendance and alleviate their difficulties to enable them to reach their full potential. Instigating court proceedings in protracted cases of irregular school attendance to fulfil the Local Authorities duties.

Wolverhampton Borough Council, Trainee Education Welfare Officer – 1980 to 1982.

On the job training, which entailed shadowing an experienced Education Welfare Officer and seminars on Education and Child Care Law and other in service training.