I graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) in History before going on to complete Initial Teacher Training, followed by a Social Work Qualification at the University of Leeds. I later completed MA Law at the University of Sheffield and am currently undertaking PhD study at the University of Sheffield focussing on Child Protection Practice.
I have extensive practice experience in children and Families social work as a social worker and manager within Local Authority Children's Services. My professional interest is the context of substance misuse and child protection; aspects of neglect; the role of supervision; professional social work development and the development of services. My MA focused on the representation of children within a legal context and of disabled children, in particular.
I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2007 and I teach on the BA Honours Childhood Studies and Early Childhood Studies Degrees.
children's rights in a legal and policy context
sociology of childhood
Social Sciences and Arts
My PhD research is concerned with practice within the context of child protection and home visiting.
Banks, S., Allmark, P., Barnes, M., Barr, H., Bryant, L., Malcolm, C., ... Ward, N. (2011). Interprofessional ethics: a developing field? Notes from the Ethics and Social Welfare Conference, Sheffield, UK, May 2010. Ethics and Social Welfare, 4 (3), 280-296. http://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2010.516116