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School of Health and Society

Dr Annie Wood

Lecturer in Social Work


I have been employed as a Lecturer in Social Work since November 2017. Prior to that I worked in Salford Children’s Services for fourteen years. My professional background is in child protection and court work, Looked After children, fostering and adoption, gaining a senior practitioner role in 2008. I worked on the Emergency Duty Team providing out-of-hours duty cover across adult, children’s and mental health services. I have undertaken independent safeguarding investigations into allegations against professionals and I was a member of the major incident team for Salford City Council, supporting members of the public in the aftermath of major/critical incidents. Prior to qualifying as a social worker, I worked in mental health, homelessness, older people’s care, drugs and alcohol, supported housing and as a volunteer counsellor for ChildLine North West.


I teach on a range of modules across the pre and post-qualifying social work programmes. I am the module leader for the following modules: • Understanding Social Work Research (MA) • Research in Practice (MA) • Assessment and Intervention (BA) • Children and Families: Theory, Research and Legislation (Step Up to Social Work) I am the skills coordinator and simulation lead for the MA programme. I am one of the two designated safeguarding officers for the social work department and I also coordinate Fitness to Practise investigations.

Research Interests

I undertook ethnographic research into domestic abuse in Salford, interviewing women survivors of violence and abuse and locating their experiences within a wider cultural context. I was part of a research team evaluating a domestic abuse education programme in high schools in Salford. I supervise PhD students on a range of social work-related topics. My particular research interests are domestic abuse, sexual violence, gender and trauma.

Qualifications and Memberships

1996: BA (Hons) – Canterbury Christ Church College/Kent University 2002: Certificate in Counselling Skills – North Trafford College 2003: Diploma/MA in Social Work – Manchester University 2004: Diploma in Criminology – Rusland College 2009: Post-qualifying Childcare Award – Salford University 2010: MSc in Childcare and Family Practice – Salford University 2016: Professional Doctorate – Salford University 2019: Post-graduate Certificate in Academic Practice – Salford University HCPC registered social worker – SW18763 Fellow of Higher Education Academy – PR 168486

Postgraduate research

Domestic abuse, sexual violence, trauma