Foluke Blackburn

Foluke Blackburn

Associate Director & Lecturer in Social Work, Children & Families


I have experience (over 25 years) working with children, young people and vulnerable families. My 1st degree was a BA Biblical studies after which I was ordained as a church minister. I later went on to work for a local authority with disaffected young people, including children in residential and foster care. I then moved to the staff development section and began training social workers to work with children and young people. In 2001 I moved to the university to teach on the post qualifying programme, where I remain to date. I also serve my local community in a leadership role within a church, this includes (amongst other duties) working with vulnerable adults, children and families.


I teach on the MSC Applied Social Work Practice. I lead 3 modules ASYE, Consolidation and Working with Children and young people I am currently developing a 4th Working with diverse communities.

Research Interests

My research interests include

  • Working with children and families
  • Ethnic identity development
  • Teaching/ student engagement

Qualifications and Memberships

1994-1996: Masters of Adult Education (with Distinction) (University of Sheffield)

1992: Postgraduate Diploma in Training and Management: (Salford University College)

1990:   Certificate in Counselling (RSA): (Cornwall College of Arts and Technology)

1988: Certificate in Teaching (City and Guilds) (Cornwall College of Arts and Technology)

1985-1988: Bachelor of Arts: Biblical Studies (Harvest Bible College)


Blackburn,F.Murphy,M. and Long,T.(2009) The Pinnacle Project: Final Report, London, Action for Chidlren.

Blackburn,F. Harlow,E (2007) A Foster Carers Perspective, Social Work and Social Sciences Review : An international Journal of Applied Research. Vol 13(2).

Blackburn,F, McLaughlin H(2004) Transience the forgotten face of social work, Community.