Dr Dan Allen

Social Work Lecturer

Office Times

  • Monday 8.30am-5.30pm (unless teaching)
  • Wednesday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm (unless teaching)


Dr Dan Allen of Salford University has a background in social work research and practice with Roma, Gypsy and Traveller children, families and communities. By attempting to link the fundamental concerns of social work practice with theory development and wider contextual challenges, Dan continually seeks to improve service provision and advance the knowledge, values and skills which inform social work practices and traditions with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people on a more general basis.


  • Social work
  • Child Protection
  • Family Support
  • Law and Policy
  • Social Work Theories and Methods
  • Social Work Research
  • Skills Development
  • Social Work with Gypsies, Roma and Travellers
  • Community Development
  • Fostering and Adoption
  • Leaving Care
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Resilience

Research Interests

Dan's research interests focus on the welfare and inclusion of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities; participatory, co-produced and action research; social justice; equality and human rights; family support and child protection; fostering and adoption; looked after children; child sexual exploitation; child and family social work; social work theories and methods; identity; resilience; social policy; pedagogical advancements in social work education.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BA (Hons) Social Work
  • Masters (Social Work)
  • Research PhD (Social Work)
  • Registered Social Worker with HCPC
  • Member of the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit
  • Member of CYP@Salford
  • Trustee Romani Arts and Cultural Centre


Allen, D (2016) ‘Its in their Culture’: Working with automatic prejudice towards Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in Care Proceedings’ Seen and Heard, 26(2) pp 40 - 52.

Allen, D (2016) ‘Is Discrimination Natural: Social Work with Roma children and Families', in: Bhatti-Sinclair, K & Smeathurst, C (eds.), Social Work Skills, Policy Press, Bristol, UK.

Allen, D & Cemlyn, S (2016) ‘Outreach: Care experiences amongst Gypsy/Traveller families', in: Williams, C & Graham, M (eds.), Social work in a diverse society: Transformative practice with black and ethnic minority individuals and communities, Policy Press, Bristol, UK.

Greenfields, M., and Allen, D. (eds) (2015) The well-being of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Children and Families - investing in the future by supporting families experiencing migration, exclusion, racism and stress, Todays Children Tomorrows Parents 40 & 41(1).

Allen, D. (2015) Protecting the cultural identity of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children living in the public care system. In Greenfields, M., and Allen, D. ed. Todays Children Tomorrows Parents 41(1), pp 122- 139.

Allen, D. & Baker, T. & Rootes, D. (2014), 'Becoming a student Nurse Social Worker: An interpretive phenomenological analysis of the experience of interprofessional education', Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 4(1), pp.1-14.

Allen, D. (2013), A Gypsy and Traveller Journey Through Foster Care: Emotional Resilience Versus The Experience Of Being Shamed, in: 'World Congress on Resilience', University of Timisoira, Timisoira, Romania, pp.156-167.

Allen, D., and Adams, P. (2013) Social work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children. London: British Association of Adoption and Fostering.

Allen, D. (2012) 'Gypsies, Travellers and social policy: misconceptions and insignificance', in: Richardson, J & Ryder, A (eds.), Gypsies and Travellers: Accommodation, empowerment and inclusion in British society. Bristol: Policy Press, pp.83-99.

Allen, D. (2012), Changing Relationships with the Self and Others: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of a Traveller and Gypsy life in public care, PhD, De Montfort University, Leicester, England.

Richardson, J., & Allen, D., Brown, J., Cemlyn, S., Greenfield, M., and Lishman, R. (2010), 'Somerset Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation Assessment', for: Somerset County Council, De Monfort University, Leicester, England