Portrait of Dr Tracee Green

Dr Tracee Green

Lecturer in Child Protection
Admissions Tutor, MA Advanced Child Protection

About

Dr Green has a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Social Work and a PhD in Social Policy and Social Work. Her PhD focused on forensic parenting assessments. Her research project, 'Forensic Parenting Assessments Using PAMS and Better Outcomes', was a mixed methods design looking at practitioners’ perception of PAMS, their use of PAMS and whether the use of PAMS helps or hinders in meeting better practice standards in forensic assessments. 

Dr Green enjoyed 14 years of social work experience, providing a variety of services for children and families. Her work within a family assessment and support unit focused on providing expert assessments on parenting capacity and risk for care proceedings and Public Law Outline (PLO) purposes. She facilitated the introduction and implementation of a new evidence based practice tool – Parenting Assessment Manual Software (PAMS) 3.0 – within her team’s parenting assessments. After becoming familiar with PAMS, she was motivated to start her PhD with a focus on using PAMS in a forensic setting. 

In addition, Dr Green has experience working with parents who have learning needs, mental health needs and parents who have been involved with domestic abuse and the misuse of substances. She has provided a variety of supportive interventions including undertaking direct work with children, providing individual parenting support to parents and facilitating systemic family work with vulnerable families. She has also co-facilitated numerous groups including evidence based parenting groups and focused children’s groups.  

Research interests

Dr Green’s research interests include looking at the impact of supportive interventions with families who have a Child Protection Plan or who are involved in Care Proceedings or Public Law Outline (PLO). She is also interested in Care Proceedings and PLO process; particularly with regard to expert parenting and risk assessments. 

Following the implementation of Parenting Assessment Manual Software (PAMS) into forensic parenting assessments within her own practice, she wanted to learn more about how it was being used in other forensic assessments and explore the possibility of standardising elements of these assessments to promote quality assurances. She started her part-time PhD in 2012 with a focus on parenting assessments undertaken in Care Proceedings and Public Law Outline. Her research was called: Forensic Parenting Assessments Using PAMS and Better Outcomes. It was a mixed methods design that incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods. 

Dr Green is also interested in research with regard to teaching and learning. She has been involved in an evaluation of a simulation (myCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court) to support the development and learning of courtroom skills and she is currently involved in a study exploring how non-synchronous online forums are used by inter-professional child protection practitioners to reflect on their practice.  

Teaching

Dr Green teaches on modules on the MA for Advanced Child protection programme. She also shares responsibility for reviewing and updating module materials and ensuring the integration of innovative and effective teaching methods within the MA. 

She is also the lead trainer for 'myCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court'. This innovative simulation has been designed in a partnership between the Centre for Child Protection and Cafcass and aims to support child protection workers in developing confidence with their court room skills. See myCourtroom training for further information. 

Publications

Article

  • Reeves, J., Green, T., Marsden, L. and Shaw, N. (2017). myCourtroom: Rosie’s family go to court; the use of simulations in preparing social workers for court. Social Work Education [Online] 37:234-249. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2017.1391772.
    The role of social workers in court, how they prepare, train, write and present their reports, has been the focus of much debate. Key messages from research tell us that social workers often find court work stressful; they can lack confidence in writing reports giving evidence and being cross examined. Pre-qualification training in this area can be patchy, with many workers reporting they often learn ‘on the job.’
    This article documents the journey from analysing primary and secondary research findings, via a partnership between the University of Kent Centre for Child Protection and Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), to develop a training simulation for practitioners to increase their knowledge, preparation and practice for court. The partnership turned these research findings into an interactive, immersive simulation to give practitioners the space to reflect upon and critique their experiences of court. Findings from an initial evaluation of the simulation were positive with participants highly rating its usefulness in developing court room skills and knowledge.

Book

  • Reeves, J., Shemmings, D., Green, T., Abbotts, H. and Marsden, L. (2016). Training Pack: ’myCourtroom’ Rosies Family Go to Court. [Web resource]. University of Kent and Cafcass. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2017.1391772.
    The role of social workers in court, how they prepare, train, write and present their reports, has been the focus of much debate. Key messages from research tell us that social workers often find court work stressful; they can lack confidence in writing reports giving evidence and being cross-examined. Pre-qualification training in this area can be patchy, with many workers reporting they often learn ‘on the job.’ This article documents the journey from analysing primary and secondary research findings, via a partnership between the University of Kent Centre for Child Protection and Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), to develop a training simulation for practitioners to increase their knowledge, preparation and practice for court. The partnership turned these research findings into an interactive, immersive simulation to give practitioners the space to reflect upon and critique their experiences of court. Findings from an initial evaluation of the simulation were positive with participants highly rating its usefulness in developing courtroom skills and knowledge.

Internet publication

  • Reeves, J. and Green, T. (2016). Learn As a Group: Using Research in Court Work [Web resource]. Available at: https://www.ccinform.co.uk/learning-tools/learn-on-your-lunch-using-research-in-court-work/.
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