Simon Frost


Simon Frost (Senior Lecturer)

020 7540 4917

Simon Frost is Programme Director for the MA Youth Work, Community Learning and Development Programme and the College’s academic link with Canterbury Christ Church University. Since joining the programme team in September 2002, he has developed a specialist interest in ethics and values in youth work. In his most recent publication, Philosophy in Youth and Community Work (2014, with Mike Seal), he has developed a range of philosophical reflections that encourage practitioners to look beyond the assumptions and rhetoric of youth work values; encouraging philosophical enquiry as a tool for reflection on professional practice.

Prior to joining the College, Simon was a Senior Youth Worker at the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey for three years and, prior to that, a Community Youth Worker based in Merrow, Surrey. As a practitioner, Simon was heavily influenced by the ideas of deliberative democracy, community practice and rights, as a way of engaging young people; principles that have provided a constant theme in his research and teaching.

Simon has a Cert HE in Youth Work and Theology from the University of Wales, a BA (Hons) in Informal Education from Canterbury Christ Church University and an MA in Ethics and Values in Education (Philosophical Perspectives) from the Institute of Education. As a senior academic at the College, Simon has responsibility for quality monitoring, evaluation and validation work.

He has performed a number of research roles for the College including: working on a large scale evaluation project for the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Education (an evaluation of the English government myplace initiative); an evaluation for the Central London Connexions Partnership pilot programme; and as a researcher on an evaluation of the YMCA England Leadership and Management Strategy.

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