Sue Peckover

Dr Sue Peckover PhD, MMed.Sci., PgCert.Ed. BSc(Econ)., RHV, RGN, FHEA



I joined SHU in January 2014 having previously held posts in the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies at the University of Huddersfield and at the University of Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery.


I have a professional background in health visiting and currently teach on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) programme.

My teaching and research interests lie in the field of child and family health and welfare, public health, safeguarding children, domestic abuse and e- technologies.

Specialism: Health Visiting


2018-2019: Evaluation of 0-19 SCPHN role in Barnsley.
2017-2018: South Asian women’s experiences of accessing specialist paediatric allergy services in Sheffield. Funded by CLARCH Y+H.
2017-18: Student views about the value and impact of behaviour change skills in the SCPHN curriculum.

2012-2013: Legitimacy and Fallibility in Child Welfare Services. Funded by Research Council of Norway. With Dr Marit Skivenes (PI, Bergen University College, Norway), Professor Nigel Parton (University of Huddersfield), Professor Tarja Poso (University of Tampere, Finland), Professor Jill Berrick (University of California, Berkeley, USA).

2011-2013: Evaluation of 'Enhancing MARAC' Project. Calderdale Women Centre and Foundation for Families. Principal Investigator. With Dr Berenice Golding and Peter Cooling (University of Huddersfield).

2010-2011: Accomplishing Serious Case Reviews in the NHS. Principal Investigator. With Dr Sue Smith (Pennine NHS Trust) and Fiona Wondergem (University of Huddersfield).

2010: Evaluation of MAZE project, WomenCentre, Halifax.

2006-2008: ‘Error, Blame and Responsibility in Child Welfare: Problematics of governance in an Invisible Trade’. ESRC Funded project (Public Services Programme). PI Professor Sue White, University of Birmingham

2005-2007: ‘Tracking children and accomplishing risk: e assessment in child welfare’. ESRC funded project (e Society). PI Dr Christopher Hall, University of Durham.

2003-2004: ‘An exploration of issues facing District Nurses and Health Visitors in providing clinical placements for pre-registration nursing students’. University of Sheffield (with Lynn Kenyon, now Sheffield Hallam University), funded by Sheffield Health and Social Care


Appleton, J., & Peckover, S. (Eds.). (2015). Child Protection, Public Health and Nursing. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press Ltd.

Appleton, J., & Peckover, S. (Eds.). (2015). Child Protection, Public Health and Nursing. Edinburgh: Dunedin Academic Press Ltd.

Journal articles

Peckover, S., Jay, N., Chowbey, P., Rehman, N., & Javed, F. (2021). British South Asian mothers' experiences of seeking help for their food allergic child. Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 51 (7), 951-954.

Peckover, S., Shearn, K., Wood, D., Frankland, S., & Day, P. (2020). Extending the Scope of Health Visiting and School Nursing Practice Within a 0–19 Service. Journal of Health Visiting, 8 (10), 426-434.

Day, P., Peckover, S., Hazelby, G., Chauhdry, H., Kirkham, L., & Mcaleavy, J. (2018). Putting new therapeutic communication skills into public health nursing practice: the student experience. British journal of school nursing, 13 (8), 386-392.

Berrick, J.D., Peckover, S., Poso, T., & Skivenes, M. (2015). The formalized framework for decision-making in child protection care orders : a cross-country analysis. Journal of European Social Policy, 25 (4), 366-378.

Peckover, S., & Trotter, F. (2015). Keeping the focus on children: the challenges of safeguarding children affected by domestic abuse. Health & Social Care In The Community, 23 (4), 377-407.

Peckover, S., & Golding, B. (2015). Domestic abuse and safeguarding children : critical issues for multiagency work. Child Abuse Review, 26 (1), 40-50.

Peckover, S. (2014). Domestic abuse, safeguarding children and public health : towards an analysis of discursive forms and surveillant techniques in contemporary UK policy and practice. British Journal of Social Work, 44 (7), 1770-1787.

Peckover, S., & Everson, A. (2014). Putting men’s abuse of women on the childcare agenda : an innovative specialist domestic abuse project. Practice: Social Work in Action, 26 (3), 143-159.

Peckover, S., Mogotlane, S., Glavin, K., & Aston, M. (2013). Public health nursing in the 21st century : challenges and opportunities for women and children’s health. Nursing Research and Practice, 2013, 1-2.

Peckover, S. (2013). From ‘public health’ to ‘safeguarding children’ : British health visiting in policy, practice and research. Children & Society, 27 (2), 116-126.

Peckover, S., Smith, S., & Wondergem, F. (2013). Doing ‘Serious Case Reviews’ : the views and experiences of NHS named and designated Safeguarding Children professionals. Child Abuse Review, 24 (5), 365-377.

Saario, S., Hall, C., & Peckover, S. (2012). Inter-professional electronic documents and child health : a study of persisting non-electronic communication in the use of electronic documents. Social Science and Medicine, 75 (12), 2207-2214.

Pithouse, A., Broadhurst, K., Hall, C., Peckover, S., Wastell, D., & White, S. (2012). Trust, risk and the (mis)management of contingency and discretion through new information technologies in children's services. Journal of Social Work, 12 (2), 158-178.

Peckover, S., & Smith, S. (2011). Public Health Approaches to Safeguarding Children. Child Abuse Review, 20 (4), 231-237.

Wastell, D., Peckover, S., White, S., Broadhurst, K., Hall, C., & Pithouse, A. (2011). Social work in the laboratory : using microworlds for practice research. British journal of social work, 41 (4), 744-760.

Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., White, S., Hall, C., Peckover, S., Thompson, K., ... Davey, D. (2010). Performing 'initial assessment' : identifying the latent conditions for error at the front-door of local authority children's services. The British journal of social work advance access, 40 (2), 352-370.

Hall, C., Parton, N., Peckover, S., & White, S. (2010). Child-centric information and communication technology (ICT) and the fragmentation of child welfare practice in England. Journal of Social Policy, 39 (03), 393-413.

Wastell, D., White, S., Broadhurst, K., Peckover, S., & Pithouse, A. (2010). Children's services in the iron cage of performance management : street-level bureaucracy and the spectre of Švejkism. International Journal of Social Welfare, 19 (3), 310-320.

Pithouse, A., Hall, C., Peckover, S., & White, S. (2009). A tale of two CAFs : the impact of the electronic Common Assessment Framework. British journal of social work, 39 (4), 599-612.

Peckover, S., Hall, C., & White, S. (2009). From policy to practice : the implementation and negotiation of technologies in everyday child welfare. Children & Society, 23 (2), 136-148.

White, S., Hall, C., & Peckover, S. (2009). The descriptive tyranny of the Common Assessment Framework : technologies of categorization and professional practice in child welfare. British Journal of Social Work, 39 (7), 1197-1217.

White, S., Broadhurst, K., Wastell, D., Peckover, S., Hall, C., & Pithouse, A. (2009). Whither practice-near research in the modernization programme? Policy blunders in children's services. Journal of Social Work Practice, 23 (4), 401-411.

Peckover, S., White, S., & Hall, C. (2008). Making and managing electronic children : E-assessment in child welfare. Information, Communication and Society, 11 (3), 375-394.

Hall, C., Peckover, S., & White, S. (2008). Social work in the information age. Community Care, 19, 26-27.

Kenyon, L., & Peckover, S. (2008). ‘A Juggling Act’: an analysis of the impact of providing clinical placements for pre-registration students on the organisation of community nursing and health visiting work. Nurse Education Today, 28 (2), 202-209.

Connolly, M., Hall, C., Peckover, S., & White, S. (2007). E-technology and information sharing in child welfare Learning from the English experience. Children Australia, 32 (4), 4-8.

Peckover, S., & Chidlaw, R.G. (2007). The (un)-certainties of district nurses in the context of cultural diversity. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 58 (4), 377-385.

Peckover, S., & Chidlaw, R. (2007). Too frightened to care? Accounts by district nurses working with clients who misuse substances. Health & Social Care In The Community, 15 (3), 238-245.

Featherstone, B., & Peckover, S. (2007). Letting them get away with it: fathers, domestic violence and child welfare. Critical Social Policy, 27 (2), 181-202.

Ellis, L., & Peckover, S. (2004). Research governance and postgraduate nurse education: the tensions and some solutions. Nurse researcher, 11 (1), 32-45.

Peckover, S. (2003). Health visitors' understandings of domestic violence. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 44 (2), 200-208.

Peckover, S., & Winterburn, S. (2003). Teaching research to undergraduate community nursing students: reflections upon curriculum design. Nurse Education in Practice, 3 (2), 104-111.

Peckover, S. (2003). 'I could have just done with a little more help': an analysis of women's help-seeking from health visitors in the context of domestic violence. Health & Social Care In The Community, 11 (3), 275-282.

Sue, P. (2002). Domestic violence: the role of the practice nurse. Nursing in Practice, 8, 38-40.

Peckover, S. (2002). Focusing upon children and men in situations of domestic violence: an analysis of the gendered nature of British health visiting. Health & Social Care In The Community, 10 (4), 254-261.

Peckover, S. (2002). Domestic abuse and women's health: the challenge for primary care. Primary health care research and development, 3 (3), 151-158.

Peckover, S. (2002). Supporting and policing mothers: an analysis of the disciplinary practices of health visiting. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 38 (4), 369-377.

Peckover, S. (1998). Domestic violence: on the health visiting agenda? Community practitioner : the journal of the Community Practitioners' & Health Visitors' Association, 71 (12), 408-409.

Conference papers

Jay, N., Peckover, S., Rehman, N., Javed, F., & Chowbey, P. (2021). South Asian mothers' views and experiences of accessing paediatric allergy services in Sheffield for their babies and/or young children (Abstract only). Clinical & Experimental Allergy, 51 (1), 165.

Peckover, S., Jay, N., Chowbey, P., Rehman, N., Javed, F., & Cooke, J. (2020). South Asian mothers' views and experiences of accessing paediatric allergy services in Sheffield for their babies and/or young children [abstract only]. Allergy, 75, 262-263.

Wastell, D., White, S., Broadhurst, K., Hall, C., & Peckover, S. (2009). The chiasmus of design: Paradoxical outcomes in the E-government reform of UK children's services. 17th European Conference on Information Systems, ECIS 2009.

Book chapters

Hall, C., Peckover, S., & White, S. (2014). e-Solutions to sharing information in child protection: the rise and fall of ContactPoint. In Thrift, N., Tickell, A., Woolgar, S., & Rupp, W.H. (Eds.) Globalization in Practice. (pp. 219-222). Oxford: Oxford University Press:

Peckover, S., Broadhurst, K., White, S., Wastell, D., Hall, C., & Pithouse, A. (2011). The fallacy of formalisation: practice makes process in the assessment of risks to children. In Kemshall, H., & Wilkinson, B. (Eds.) Good practice in assessing risk : current knoweldge, issues and approaches. (pp. 84-101). London: Jessica Kingsley

Peckover, S. (2009). 'Health' and safeguarding children: an ‘Expansionary Project’or 'Good Practice'? In Broadhurst, K., Grover, C., & Jamieson, J. (Eds.) Critical perspectives on safeguarding children. (pp. 149-169). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons

Peckover, S. (2009). Domestic abuse and safeguarding children. In Hughes, L., & Owen, H. (Eds.) Good practice in safeguarding children: working effectively in child protection. (pp. 143-162). London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Peckover, S. (2001). Domestic violence and protecting babies; the role of health care professionals. In Gordon, R., & Harran, E. (Eds.) Fragile: handle with care. Protecting babies from harm. A reader. (pp. 125-134). Leicester: NSPCC

Other activities

I lead the '0-19 Research Network: Yorkshire and the Humber'. This initiative, funded by the NIHR CRN (Y+H), aims to enhance the research engagement and capacity of professionals working in 0-19 services. 

We hold regular informal meetings which aim to enable practitioners (mainly health visitors and school nurses) to network and engage with researchers and research opportunities concerned with improving the public health of children and young people. 

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