Jon is Director of Focused on Learning. He is an experienced and forward-thinking social work practitioner and manager who has worked in the not-for-profit, academic and statutory sectors for over 20 years. Until January 2010, he was a senior manager in one of Scotland’s largest Social Work Services and was responsible for social work information, data protection, eCare, internal and external communications strategies, media relations and IT systems.
He delivered the nationally recognised ‘Online Child Protection Register’ for Fife, winner of the eGovernment Awards in 2008, and developed the Social Work Learning Portal. He also developed and manages the Virtual Learning Centre, an internet-based online learning environment to support students on a number of social work related courses, particularly Social Work law – now a large and dynamic Community of Interest.
Jon has had a lead role in contributing to local and national strategies for Modernising Government, eLearning, and supporting frontline staff, and is a former member of the eHealth Board for the NHS in Fife. He has a proven track record in developing and delivering a range of training courses and has specialist knowledge of information governance, data protection, eCare, communications, business planning, and consultation.
Jon is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Dundee and a guest lecturer on the BA in Social Pedagogy at the University of Aberdeen. He has additional qualifications in PRINCE 2, Moodle and Mahara and is completing his MA in Online and Distance Education with the Open University.
Jon is a member of the Association of Learning Technology, the Association of Social Care Communicators, the British Computer Society, the eLearning Alliance, and SOCITM – Society of Information Technology Management.
In his spare time, Jon is heavily involved in a number of charities and voluntary organisations. He is a Trustee of the Social Workers’ Educational Trust, a Director of the BASW Foundation, and a Trustee of Fife Gingerbread.
Dunn, S., Braddell, A., and Bolton, J. (2013) Learning technologies in social care: a guide for employers. Skills for Care, May 2013
Bolton, J. (2011) Use but don’t abuse social media sites. Community Care, p.30.
Bolton, J. (2010) Social Media in the Social Services, [e-book]: IRISS. Available at http://comment.iriss.org.uk/content/social-media-social-services
Bolton, J. (2001) Safe Surfing – tackling common questions on internet safety. Professional Social Work, August 2001, pp10-11.
Bolton, J. (2001) e-mpowering others – using information and communication technology with children and young people looked after by Fife Council. Professional Social Work, October 2001, pp15-16.
Bolton, J., Taylor, AML., and Turner, D. (2013) ‘Collective Consciousness through Creative Connectivity’, keynote presentation at JSWEC, the Joint Social Work Education & Research Conference, Royal Holloway, 11 July 2013.
Bolton, J. (2012) ‘Professionalism in the Digital Age’, paper presented at JSWEC, the Joint Social Work Education & Research Conference, Manchester, 2 July 2012.