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Dr Yohai Hakak
Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Research area(s)

Yohai's current areas of research interest are:

Embodiment in Academic and Professional Practice | Brunel University London

The migration of professionals

Mixed families

Religious minorities

Mental health

State power

Research grants and projects

Research Projects


Developing contemporary practice models and supporting newly qualified social workers' professional development: The role of the Practice Development Social Worker Program
Funder: Newham Local Authority
Duration: March 2022 - March 2024

The purpose of this exploratory project is to highlight stakeholders experience of the Practice Development Social Worker (PDSW) program within the workforce and the specific role it plays in supporting newly qualified social workers. Amongst other things, Practice Development Social Workers provides support to newly qualified social workers through individual coaching, group coaching and workshops to provide outstanding social work services that will affect positive change for children and young people. PDSWs also lead in developing a coaching model for social workers and practice leads that build a framework of practice. They collaborate with quality assurance to monitor the impact of practice development, provide support to the development and delivery of Newham’s learning and training programme, contribute to the overall service development within the local authority, and support the development of the authority's workforce retention programme.

Constructing Islamic Parenting in the West
Funder: British Academy
Duration: October 2013 - August 2014