Dan Fauset

Dan Fauset BA (Hons) LLM (Distinction) FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Law and Criminology


I joined the Department of Law and Criminology in 2013 having previously taught the postgraduate Legal Practice Course and Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law. Prior to that I practised law in both the private and public sector (at various local authorities) advising and representing clients in a range of legal specialisms including family law, public law, education law and human rights. I also completed a legal internship at the UK office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).


Since joining Sheffield Hallam University I have taught on a range of academic modules on the Law and Criminology degree courses as well as supervising a number of dissertations. I also teach on postgraduate Masters level modules. My main teaching interests are in the area of family law and I design and deliver the Family Law Policy and Practice module to undergraduate final year law students. I also teach the Introduction to Criminology and Practice module for Law with Criminology students. In the criminology field I have an interest in the study of victimisation and human rights and teach on related modules to first and second year criminology students. I also provide regular personal support to students as an Academic Advisor and in 2021 following nomination by students I achieved an Outstanding Academic Advising Award by the University's College of Social Sciences and Arts. I have previously also been nominated for the University's Inspirational Teaching Award.


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts


  • Law and Criminology


  • I teach on the Law, Law with Criminology and Criminology degrees.


  • Family Law Policy and Practice
  • Introduction to Criminology and Practice
  • Victims Offenders and Vulnerabilities
  • Human Rights and Crime
  • Supervision of dissertations and LLM by Research


My main research interests include child protection and state intervention. In particular, I am interested in the impact of legislation, policy and state actions on the private interests of the child and family and the associated human rights context. Since joining the university I have completed a LLM by Research on the subject and published in this area. I have also delivered conference papers focussing on recent changes to care proceedings and the impact on the role of the state as a whole and in regard to private family life.

Fauset, D. (2020). The reforms to care proceedings – one step forward and two steps back? A critical evaluation of the new legal framework and its impact on the pre-proceedings stage. Child and Family Law Quarterly, 32 (1), 13-29

Conference papers:

Fauset, D. (2015) Child protection: The new legal framework. A step forward or step back?, Sheffield Hallam Public Law Conference, Sheffield Hallam University 2015.

Fauset, D. (2016) Taking children into care - justice sacrificed upon the altar of speed?, presented at symposium Child Sexual Exploitation: Learning from Rotherham and Beyond, Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield 8 July 2016

Fauset, D. (2018) Care proceedings reforms: Reduced delay or more frontloading? A review of recent changes and impact, Sheffield Hallam Public Law Conference, Sheffield Hallam University, 11 April 2018


Other activities

I hold a professional qualification as a solicitor (non-practising) and am on the Law Society's roll of solicitors. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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