Fellow of the Probation Institute
Dave Ward is Professor of Social and Community Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. Graduating in Law and then Social Work, he worked as a Probation Officer before moving to the University of Nottingham where he was Probation specialist and Head of Social Work Programmes.
Particular interests lie in groupwork and in work with offenders, especially young people in trouble. He argues for the application of groupwork principles and values, to front-line practice, to training, to research and to teamwork and management. In recognition of his contribution to groupwork, he has been made International Honoree by the North American Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups and Visiting
Professor to the University of Montreal, Canada. He was a Board member of a Probation Trust, is a member of the Quality Assurance Board of the Prison Service Training Directorate and Trustee of the Torbay Youth Trust.