Kate Parkinson

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Buildings C602

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Current positions

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.

Areas of research

Family Group Conferences, Family Led Decision Making, Service User Participation, Child Protection


  • 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.