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Amanda Cecchinato

Mandy Cecchinato BA(Hons), MA, PCCE, AMBDA

Senior Lecturer, Children Young People and Families

Summary

Mandy has 17 years of experience of working with children, young people and families in both education and social care settings. Her interest is parenting and its role in prevention and early intervention. Since joining Sheffield Hallam University, Mandy has been involved in teaching on the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) in Working with Children, Young People and Families . She has become particularly interested in widening participation and in supporting disabled students. She has an MA in specific learning difficulties and is especially interested in experiences of dyslexic students in higher education.

  • About

    Mandy has 17 years of experience of working with children, young people and families in both education and social care settings. Her particular interest is parenting and its role in prevention and early intervention. She worked within Sheffield Local Authority to develop parenting interventions train and support practitioners. She also helped develop and embed assessment and evaluation strategies with the multi agency support teams.

    Since joining Sheffield Hallam University, Mandy has been involved in teaching on the Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) in Working with Children, Young People and Families. She has become particularly interested in widening participation and in supporting disabled students. She has an MA in specific learning difficulties and is a specialist dyslexia teacher and assessor. This specialist knowledge in has enabled her to embed a programme of study skills within the foundation degree with the aim of raising the confidence and attainment of students, many of whom have come from non traditional routes to university. She is also the disability and inclusion coordinator for the department of social work, social care and community.

    Mandy is also interested in developing the employability of students and has worked with colleagues to build and maintain partnerships with stakeholders within the neighbouring local authorities and key voluntary sector organisations to ensure that course graduates are equipped with the most relevant skills and knowledge.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Parenting, Prevention and Early Intervention, Inclusion, Specific Learning Difficulties

  • Teaching

    Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies

    Health And Wellbeing

  • Research

    • Art and Design Research Centre

    Experiences of Social Work students with dyslexia on placement.

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