Julie Lawrence

Julie Lawrence

Lecturer in Social Work

  • Allerton C604
  • T: 0161 295 6983
  • E: j.lawrence@salford.ac.uk
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Office Times

Monday 8.30 am –4.30 pm

Tues 8.30 am -4.30 pm

Wed 8.30 am -12.30 pm


Julie is a registered social worker and a lecturer in social work. She has held a number of posts during her social work career, such as: magistrate’s courts liaison officer, probation assistant, transition co-ordinator, senior social worker, team manager and policy adviser based within the probation service and local authority statutory services.

Her research and teaching interests lie primarily within the field of intellectual disabilities, both children and adults. She has also undertaken research within the sphere of ‘vulnerable adults’ which is inclusive of adults with a diagnosis of learning disabilities and mental health issues. She works in collaboration with a number of agency partners and contributes towards on-going agency developments and related evaluation projects.

In addition to this, Julie offers research based teaching to a variety of social work and nursing students studying on various programmes. This is linked to her areas of specialism in learning disabilities (children & adults) and also multi-disciplinary practice across both voluntary and statutory agency contexts. Julie is an MSc and PhD supervisor for both nursing students and registered social workers who wish to pursue additional academic qualifications by undertaking either systematic reviews and/or research projects.


Continuous Professional Development: Social Work

  • Applied Critical Reflection
  • Risk and Analysis (adults)
  • Research Methods (MSc/PhD level)
  • MSc Dissertation Supervision
  • PhD Thesis Supervision
  • MA (1/2) (social work skills)
  • Personal Tutor

Research Interests

Julie completed her PhD study in August 2016 which explored the contribution of social work within a multi-disciplinary team. The context was an adults’ learning disabilities service in England.

Her other research interests consist of: • citizenship and vulnerable adults

  • health & social care integration
  • human rights, serious case reviews, best interest & capacity
  • multi-disciplinary working between allied professional groups
  • personalisation - the transformation agenda
  • spirituality and its contribution towards health and wellbeing
  • young people in transition from children's services to adults

Julie has completed a number of collaborative research projects. These have included: 

  • Regional Coordinator for the Making Research Count Initiative (GM)
  • Skills for Care: Strengthening Employer Engagement in the delivery of social work education in England
  • George House Trust (GM): Older Gay Men and their housing and support needs
  • Pendleton Together Housing Trust: Addressing the needs of vulnerable adults through a multi-agency approach (on-going).

Qualifications and Memberships

Academic Qualifications


  • B.A. (Hons) Consumer Studies (University of Liverpool)


  • M.A. Applied Social Studies (Social Work) (University of Liverpool)


  • PhD Doctor of Philosophy: Social Work (viva imminent) (University of Keele)

Professional Qualifications


  • Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (University of Liverpool)


  • Practice Teaching Award (University of Keele)


  • Certificate of Registration: Social Worker
  • Registration Number: SW81843

Professional Memberships: 2016 - onwards

  • British Association of Social Workers (Member)
  • International Federation of Social Workers (Member)
  • European Social Work Research Association (Member)
  • NHS National Institute for Health Research (School for Social Care Research) (Member & Bid Reviewer)


Journal Article: Lawrence, J.A., Myers, S., Rogers, M (2016) Exploring the perspectives of gay men living with HIV and their concerns for care in older age. Health & Social Care in the Community (publication imminent)

Journal Article: Lawrence, J.A. & Brook, L. (2015) The Notion of Citizenship for People with Intellectual Disabilities in the UK: A life of their own. Social Work and Social Sciences Review Vol 17 (3)

Book Section: Lawrence, J.A. (2012). Multi-professional Working. In Key Concepts in Social Work (pp. 151-155). London: Sage.

Poster presentation: Lawrence, J.A. (2011) Agreement or Acquiescence? Issues of Informed Consent within Research. Exhibited at the European Conference of Social Work Research, St. Catherine’s College Oxford University

Reviews: Lawrence, J.A. (2010). Social Work with People with Learning Difficulties in Practice. In Practice Social Work in Action 22 (2) pp. 135-136