Centre for Social Work Practice

Events: Regional Groups

The South Coast

University of Sussex

Regional Co-ordinator: Prof Michelle Lefevre
Michelle is Professor of Social Work at the University of Sussex where she is also the Academic Lead for Impact in the School of Education and Social Work, and Co-Director of CIRCY (the Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth). Prior to her academic career, Michelle worked in child protection as a social worker and arts psychotherapist. She received a National Teaching Fellowship in 2015 for her research and pedagogical work on developing practitioners’ engagement and communication with children. She has published this work widely, through journal articles, book chapters, and in her Policy Press book on ‘Communicating with Children and Young People: Making a Difference’ which will shortly be appearing as a 2nd edition.

Michelle’s recent research includes two studies for the Children’ Commissioner for England, one on good practice in child protection in secondary schools and the other on professional responses to child sexual exploitation. She is currently researching social workers’ conversations and interactions with children during home visits and the implementation of a contextual safeguarding system in a local authority. Michelle is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Child and Family Social Work, regional co-ordinator for the South-East branch of the Centre for Social Work Practice and a member of the BASW Children and Families Policy, Practice and Education Group.


Sussex: Michelle Lefevre - m.lefevre@sussex.ac.uk

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