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Last updated 23rd March 2023


Kate is a qualified social worker and had practiced for 15 years in children and families social work, before taking moving into the academic environment. Kate worked for 8 years at the University of Salford as a Lecturer in Social Work and Programme Leader for the MA, Social Work before moving to Huddersfield to take up her current post.  Whilst in practice, Kate established and managed a Family Group Conference Service in the Midlands and is passionate about Family Group Conferences (FGCs) and other forms of Family Led Decision Making in social work. Kate has many publications on the subject of FGCs and continues to research and write in this area. Kate and a colleague, Deanna Edwards developed the Post Graduate Certificate in FGCs at the University of Salford, in partnership with the Family Rights Group, the only postgraduate qualification in FGCs in England and Wales.  Kate is the Book Review Editor for Child Abuse Review and is a reviewer for Policy Press and for the journals, Child Care in Practice and Social Work Education.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

External Examiner, University of Leeds

Sep 2020 → …

External Examiner, University of Sunderland

Sep 2019 → …

External Examiner, University of Chester

Sep 2017 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Family Group Conferences
  • Family Led Decision Making
  • Child Protection


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