Skip to main content
School of Health and Society
Kate Parkinson

Location and contact

Allerton Buildings C605

T: 0161 295 6545

Kate Parkinson


I have been a lecturer at the University of Salford since 2013. Prior to that I worked as a children and families social worker for 15 years in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. During that time, I established two services: an advocacy service for children and young people attending child protection conferences and a family group conference service. I also managed a group of 4 Sure Start Children’s Centres, developing services in response to local need.


Most of my teaching is on the BA Social Work. I lead two modules:

  • Understanding International Health and Social Welfare
  • Assessment and Intervention in Social Work

I also teach:

  • strengths based approaches to social work, particularyfamily group conferences.
  • Children and families law

Research Interests

I am interested in the use of family group conferences (FGCs) in social work decision making and much of my research and writing focuses on this. I am also interested in young people missing from home.

I am currently co editing and writing a book on the use of FGCs in social work practice, which is due for publication in March 2018. I am evaluating 2 FGC services and undertaking research on young people missing from home.

Qualifications and Memberships

HCPC Registered

HEA fellow MA/Diploma in Social Work PGCaP.

Post Qualifying Award in Social Work (Child Care Award)

Post Graduate Certificate in Children’s Rights and Youth Advocacy

Practice Assessor’s Award