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School of Health and Society

Kate Parkinson

Lecturer in Social Work


I have been a qualified social worker since 1998, having gained 15 years post qualifying experience in social work and social work management before becoming a social work academic. My research interests include Family Group Conferences and strengths based approaches to practice, young people missing from home and the transition from social work practice to academia.


  • Teach on Step Up to Social Work programme
  • Teach Family Group Conferences, Strengths Based Practice and Restorative Approaches
  • Module Lead for Ideological Development of Social Work Practice

Teaching interests:

  • Children and families social work
  • Restorative practices
  • Strengths based approaches
  • Family group conferences
  • Poverty and social work

Research Interests

Currently I am undertaking research in the following areas:

  • Family Group Conferences
  • Poverty and Social Work
  • The Transition from Social Work Practice to Academia

Qualifications and Memberships

HCPC registered, HEA Fellow, BASW member.


Parkinson, K. & Rogers, M. (2017), 'Exploring approaches to child welfare in contexts of domestic violence and abuse: family group conferences" ', Child and Family Social Work, 1-8.

Parkinson, K & Edwards, D 2016, 'Family Group Conferences and Safeguarding Children', Seen and Heard, 26(3), pp.38-53.