Donna Peach

Lecturer in Social Work


I have enjoyed a rewarding career in social work since 1985 with roles that have included: working therapeutically with children; senior management; cafcass, expert witness for the family courts. I am optimistic about the future of social work providing we hear the voices of children, families and those who work with them.


Children and Family Law, Court Skills, Assessment and decision making, critique of attachment and relationship theories and their application, child sexual abuse, adoption, qualitative research methodologies, developing critical thinking and writing skills.

Research Interests

My research interests are situated within a critical social psychology paradigm and include: adoption, childhood sexual abuse, parenting, familial relationships, social and familial policy, power relations, feminist theory, social protest, ethics, social media, qualitative methodologies, pluralism, dialogism, phenomenology and discourse analysis.

My doctoral research explores the experiences of prospective adoptive parents.

In addition,

  • Principal Investigator Rotherham CSE Needs Analysis study
  • Principal Investigator: Evaluation of Barnados 'Real Love Rocks' CSE awareness resource
  • Principal Investigator: Evaluating the Greater Manchester Police CTZN project,
  • Project Manager: Joint University of Salford and the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust development of a n engagement model to improve communication and understanding of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Qualifications and Memberships

2013 - 2017 Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology) (from the University of Huddersfield).The lived experience of prospective adoptive parents

2012 MSc (Distinction) Family and Child Psychology (from the University of Chester).

2011 BSc (Hons) First Class Psychology (from the Open University).

1995 Diploma of Higher Education: Social Work (from University College Salford).

2015 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) (from University of Salford).

HCPC British Association of Social Work

British Psychological Society

HEA Fellow


Book: Developing Skills for Social Work Practice (2016) Rogers, Whittaker, Edmondson & Peach