Richard Martin

Richard W Martin

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Masters in Social Work


Richard graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2004 with an Honours degree in Social Work Studies. He then practised as a qualified and registered social worker in local authority children and families teams and became a service manager for Children in Care in 2009. Richard returned to Sheffield Hallam University in 2010 to complete a Masters in Research (MRes) and began lecturing in Social Work in 2011. He was appointed as a full-time Senior Lecturer in 2013


Richard undertakes a lead role in child and family law, children and families practice, looked after children, research methods in social work and the MSW Dissertation. He became the Course Leader and Assessment Officer for the Masters in Social Work in 2015.

Richard has taken the lead researcher role in an evaluation of a Sheffield based project working with vulnerable young women and been involved in inter-disciplinary research into early career professional resilience. He has recently had a paper published on the development and delivery of a children and families module and is currently co-researching the progress and experience of foundation degree students who progress into a career in children and families social work.


Social Work


2012 Research Associate: Early career professional resilience: interdisciplinary insights to inform creative practice development. SHU Imagine Project: Sheffield Hallam University

2012 Lead researcher: Independent Audit and Evaluation of the Nurture-By-Nature Project For the Young Women’s Housing Project Sheffield. Sheffield Hallam University Centre for Health and Social Care Research

2015 Practising for social work practice: Integrating knowledge and skills for social work with children and families. Presented at the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, European Congress Bucharest 2015 and Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference 2015. Milton Keynes UK

2016 Sukey Tarr and Richard Martin. A long way from Oxbridge but still on the frontline. Presented at the UK Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference 2016. Milton Keynes, UK


Journal articles

Webb, J., Wilkins, D., & Martin, R.W. (2022). (How) are decisions made in child and family social work supervisions? Qualitative Social Work, 21 (6), 1252-1273.

Nelson, P., Homer, C., & Martin, R.W. (2020). What makes a looked after child happy and unhappy? Adoption and Fostering, 44 (1), 20-36.

Martin, R. (2016). Practising for social work practice: Integrating knowledge and skills for social work with children and families. Social Work Education, 35 (5), 576-588.

Probst, H., Boylan, M., Nelson, P., & Martin, R.W. (2014). Early career resilience: interdisciplinary insights to support professional education of Radiation Therapists. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 45 (4), 390-398.

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