Before coming to MMU, I led Social Work and Criminal and Community Justice teams at other universities. I have been a lecturer in mental health for fifteen years.
Prior to becoming a lecturer, I spent fourteen years in various roles within the mental health service, in particular as an Approved Mental Health Professional.
Thirty years ago I founded (in Sheffield) the first service for male sexual abuse survivors outside London and am a well-respected figure in the survivor community having been a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Rape and Sexual Abuse and executive member of The Survivor's Trust.
I currently manage the teams delivering social work, social care and social change degrees.
I have conducted research into the needs and experiences of male survivors for some time, but have also provided consultancy and published on the mental health needs of asylum seeker children. More recently, I have diversified into other areas of mental health promotion and am working on developing resilience in children which was the main focus of my PhD.
My areas of interest are:
P. Allen, I. Warwick, J. Begum (2004). New in our Nation. SAGE Publications Limited.
IR. Warwick (2006). Gender and the politics of service provision for adults with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Critical Social Policy. 26, pp.467-479.
IR. Warwick, R. Neville, K. Smith (2006). My Life in Huddersfield: Supporting Young Asylum Seekers and Refugees to Record Their Experiences of Living in Huddersfield. Social Work Education. 25(2), pp.129-137.
'Competency in Practice Assessment.' ALPS-CETL Conference. Leeds University 16th March 2010
'The Use of Mobile Technology in the Assessment of Students.' ALPS-CETL conference. University of Huddersfield. 16th September 2009.
'Common Competency maps'. ALPS-CETL conference. University of Huddersfield. 16th September 2009.
'Trauma and recovery: a comparison of mental health social work responses in the UK and in Cambodia.' 5th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health, Hong Kong. 2006.
'Professional Responses to Sexual Abuse Survivors', Rape Crisis Centre conference, Derby, March 2005.
'The Needs of Asylum Seeker men who have been sexually assaulted' Global Social Work conference, Adelaide, October, 2004
'The experience of male survivors of sexual abuse attending for colonoscopy.' World Council of Enterostomal Therapists: 2003. Plenary presentation.
'Medical examinations and invasion. The experiences of male survivors' National Organisation for Male Victims of Sexual Violence, 2003: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
'Sexual Abuse and Male Identity.' Northern and Yorkshire Division of Royal College of Psychiatry conference. April 2005
'Working with male and female survivors of childhood sexual abuse' Gender and Child Welfare conference, University of Huddersfield, April 2005
'Assessing Dangerousness with Social Work Students on Placement', Mid-Yorkshire Social Work Education and Training Planning Group Conference, 2001, Bradford
I have spoken across the world in Australia, USA, Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK on the issues facing male sexual abuse survivors.