Lucy Ryan

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room C604

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Current positions

Lecturer in Social Work


I qualified as a Social Worker in 2001, having previously undertaken voluntary positions in third sector organisations with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. I then spent ten years working for a Local Authority, firstly in statutory children and families teams working with children in need, looked after children and on safeguarding cases. I later worked in CAMHS (child and adolescent mental health services).

I became a Lecturer in Social Worker in 2011, having discovered a love of teaching through developing training programmes in my previous roles. I moved to the University of Salford in 2013.


I mainly teach on the MA and BA Social Work Programmes, leading two modules:

  • Introduction to Professional Social Work (MA Social Work)
  • Assessment & Intervention in Social Work (BA Social Work)

I also teach specific lectures on other programmes particularly around parenting, adoption, child mental health and other issues in social work with children and their families.

Teaching interests
  • children and families social work,
  • adoption,
  • parenting,
  • child mental health.

Research Interests

  • Parenting - particularly adoptive parenting and issues of gender in parenting
  • Children's and young people's mental health - including how this is impacted by children and young people's relationships and friendships
  • Adoption and looked after children
  • Issues in social work education

Qualifications and Memberships

  • BSc (HONS) Psychology & Linguistics (Lancaster University, 1998)
  • POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE Professional Development in Voluntary Organisations (Middlesex University, 1999)
  • MA Applied Social Studies (Lancaster University, 2001)
  • DIPLOMA IN SOCIAL WORK (Lancaster University, 2001)
  • POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE Academic Practice (University of Salford, 2015)
  • Registered Social Worker with the HCPC
  • Fellow of the HEA