Lee Pollard

Lee Pollard Prof.Doc, M.A, B.A, Dip SW, Dip He SW, Pg Cert LTHE, FHEA

Course Leader, BA Social Work


Qualified as social worker in 1997. Worked as a children and families social worker for Kirklees MBC and SHELTER. Became the Principal Child Protection Trainer for both Rotherham and Barnsley LSCB before moving into a management position for Barnsley LSCB. Began current post in 1997. Obtained my Doctorate in 2014.


Lee Pollard began his career in child protection social work in 1995. He has since worked as a children and families social worker, Principal Child Protection Training Officer and Safeguarding Children Board Development Officer for Rotherham and Barnsley local authorities.

He began his current post at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007. Social Worker Experience of Fatal Child Abuse, An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, is the culmination of four years' work and marks the completion of his Doctoral thesis. He has delivered papers on the subject of fatal child abuse at a number of conferences, most recently at the ISPCAN International Congress in Dublin and Edinburgh

Fatal Child Abuse, Phenomenology, Research


Department of Social Work and Social Care and Community Studies

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Currently undertaking a number of projects relating to my Doctoral thesis.

Children and Families Social Work practice, research methods

B.A. MSW. Professional Doctorate

Evidence Informed Social Work, Research Methods for Social Work


Journal articles

Nelson, P., Bissell, P., Homer, C., Pollard, L., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (2020). Is Childhood Obesity a Child Protection Concern? The British Journal of Social Work. http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcaa100

Pollard, L. (2018). Social worker experience of fatal child abuse. British Journal of Social Work, 48 (7), 1948-1966. http://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcx138

Conference papers

Pollard, L. (2014). Social worker experience of fatal child abuse, an interpretive phenomenological analysis. In BASPCAN Congress : New directions in child protection and wellbeing : making a real difference to children's lives, Edinburgh, 12 April 2015 - 15 April 2015.


Nelson, P., Bissell, P., Pollard, L., Homer, C., & Powell-Hoyland, V. (n.d.). Is childhood obesity a child protection concern? Sheffield Hallam University.

Theses / Dissertations

Johnson, D. (2015). Exploration of a new conceptualisation of leadership, utilising an appreciative inquiry approach. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Pollard, L., & Gordon, F.


Nelson, P., Homer, C., Bissell, P., Powell Hoyland, V., & Pollard, L. (2020). ‘When do we say Oh well you are going to die young but whey hey and when do we decide to do something about it? 'Childhood obesity - a child protection concern or a step too far?'. Presented at: European and International Congress on Obesity

Postgraduate supervision

2 supervisory completions.

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