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Mr Rick Pearl

Profile summary

Professional biography

I qualified as a Social Worker in 1998 and have worked continuously in Adult Services since then, first with Oxfordshire Social Services and since 2003 with the City and County of Swansea. I am an advocate of relationship-based Social Work and believe that the manner in which Social Workers practice is of vital importance to those with whom they are working.

I have worked with members of the Service User and Carer group attached to the Social Work Degree in Wales since joining the OU and in 2018 we published our first paper detailing our research into the effectiveness of Service User and Carer feedback for students studying on the Social Work Degree.

Research interests

Multi-disciplinary casework with adults who display extreme challenging behaviour and complex psychological issues.

Service user and carer feedback for Social Work students - how to enable people to say what they think and how to use this effectively.

Teaching interests

Social Work Practice Modules

Current Social Work Practice Assessor


Service user and carer feedback: simply pass/fail or a genuine learning tool? (2018)
Pearl, Richard; Williams, Helen Myfanwy; Williams, Lynn; Brown, Ken; Brown, Brenda; Hollington, Lee; Gruffydd, Mari; Jones, Roy; Yorke, Stephen and Statham, Gwyneth
Social Work Education, 37(5) (pp. 553-564)