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School of Health and Society

Valerie Houghton



I work for people with learning disabilities, in both community and institutional settings. I have lots of experience of working with adults, children and families; managing staff teams; developing new services; and evaluating services.

I am a member of VERA delivering PASSIING workshops and evaluating services across the country. to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities.


  • Decision Making in Social Work and Learning Disability Nursing Module lead.
  • Comparative Perspectives Module lead.
  • Academic Misconduct Officer for School of Health and Society.

Teaching interests: devaluation, disablism, ethics, research methods, challenging behavior, positive risk taking and safeguarding, abuse and neglect, staff culture and organizational culture, and hate crime.

Research Interests

I am currently undertaking a PhD investigating the motivations of perpetrators of disablist hate crime.

Qualifications and Memberships

NMC registration (RNMH, Specialist Practitioner, and Registered Teacher; HEA Fellow.


Houghton, V. (2013) Team Working In Worsley, A. Mann, T. Olsen, A. Mason Whitehead, E. Key concepts in social work practice, Sage, London