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Angie Bartoli

Angie Bartoli

My interest in disaster work stems from my volunteer work in Romania in the early 1990s, after the fall of Ceausescu, which exposed the overcrowded and inhumane conditions in the orphanages. I was hugely impacted by the experience – the sights, sounds, smells and resilience of a generation robbed of a childhood and hidden away in the most appalling conditions. Not long after this, in 1994 I qualified as a social worker and have worked with children and families within the statutory and voluntary sectors as a practitioner and manager. I worked for a period of time with the Department of Education and was a Training Manager for a Local Safeguarding Children Board.  I am now a social work educator working at Nottingham Trent University and gained my Professional Doctorate in 2016.  Since becoming the Vice Chair for BASW (England), I have been involved in the BASW England campaign to raise awareness and formalise the important role social workers play in disaster recovery and I have had the privilege of meeting a number of colleagues involved in social work in disasters and those with lived experience.