Dirk Robertson is a professional speaker and author of:
Martial Arts for People with Disabilities
Violence in the Workplace
Bad Day for a Fat Boy
He is the past Chair of The Alumni Mentoring Committee and past Member of the Executive Committee of the London School of Economics and Political Science and former Representative to Parliament for the National Body for Social Work.
Born in Glasgow by a Scots father and a Dutch mother, Dirk began a social work career in 1979, specializing in the field of children and families, juvenile offenders, disability and family law. He has held several National (United Kingdom) posts in social welfare developing social policy before embarking on a career in acting and writing. He is a trained Shakespearean actor, lecturer and consultant in Social Welfare/Media Studies. Among his credits, he has served as a teacher in Creative Writing and Drama at the Young Offenders Institution in Huntercombe, Nuffield, England; a coordinator for the Family Center in Camden Social Services; a senior social worker for Enfield Social Services; a Parliamentary Officer - The British Association of Social Workers and an Officer-in-Charge of an adolescent Unit in the Nottinghamshire Social Services Department. He has also served as a researcher for a comparative study between Norway and the United Kingdom - Oslo, Juvenile Crime and Alternatives to Custody, funded by The Council of Europe.
He worked to restructure aspects of the Cleveland (UK) Social Work Department's child care policy after a major national child abuse enquiry; chaired the Department of Health's national enquiry into residential provision in England; the London Borough's review and analysis of provision for vulnerable young adults and the Coalition of Young People and Social Security.
Film work includes:
The Young Poisoner's Handbook
Stage work includes:
The Government Inspector (Almeida Theatre) London
Dirk has appeared on the American Television show Perspectives with host Barbara Berlin.
They discussed his film career, his writing career, including his latest thriller, Deep Powder, his knitting, and many of his other projects.