Valerie Houghton

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room C508

Please email for an appointment.


Current positions



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
  • Registered Teacher
  • HEA Fellow.