Hayley Douglas

Senior Lecturer in Youth and Community Studies

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Hayley is a JNC professionally qualified Youth Worker with 20 years’ experience of working with young people in a variety of settings; including in youth clubs, outreach and detached youth work and work with youth justice and young carers. Hayley uses this experience to inform her teaching on the youth work courses at WGU.

Hayley is currently programme leader for the level 7 MA programmes, and teaches on a number of the undergraduate modules also, as well as short courses such as Digital Youth Work, Mentoring and Safeguarding. Hayley is passionate about youth work, and teaching others to work with young people.

Foremost Hayley believes that everyone should have the opportunity to study at University, and that everyone can achieve with hard work, determination and the right support.

Hayley is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and External Examiner on similar courses at DeMontfort University and Cardiff Metropolitan University. In her spare time Hayley currently supports a local church as Safeguarding Officer, and enjoys being outside exploring North Wales with her family and their dog.


Year Publication Type
2024 Pracademia—Role Modelling HyFlex Digital Pedagogies in Youth Work Education , Journal of Applied Youth Studies. [DOI]
Hayley Douglas;Jess Achilleos;Yasmin Washbrook;Mandy Robbins
Other Publication
2023 A joint children and adult approach to safeguarding, Social Work in Wales. [DOI]
Hayley Douglas & Helena Barlow
Book Chapter
2022 Discovering Discourse Analysis: Uncovering the ‘Hidden’ in youth work research, Methodological approaches to research in youth work: Changing the paradigm, 
Douglas, Hayley
Peer Reviewed Journal
2021 Educating Informal Educators on Issues of Race and Inequality: Raising Critical Consciousness, Identifying Challenges, and Implementing Change in a Youth and Community Work Programme, [DOI]
Achilleos, Jess;Douglas, Hayley;Washbrook, Yasmin
Peer Reviewed Journal

Programs/ Modules Coordinated

Title Subject
Professional Supervision YCW608
Research Project YCW609
Theorising Youth and Community Work YCW713
Leading and Managing Professionals EDM706
Research Methods YCW508
Working Together To Safeguard Self and Others YCW413
Critical Pedagogy and Anti-Oppressive Practice YCW709
Philosophy in Youth and Community Work YCW710
Professional Placement 2 YCW711
Dissertation YCW714