University of Hertfordshire

Professor Brian Littlechild



Research interests

Brian has a long-standing commitment to the development of the profession of social work, and social work research, education and training, and co-production and risk assessment in mental health and children's work

 Brian has published 42 books/book chapters, 31 refereed articles,  undertaken 20 funded research projects, and presentes 46 refereed conference papers including

  • Violence and child protection work: Collaborative project with Hertfordshire Social Services Department
  • Dealing with conflict in young people’s residential childcare, Hertfordshire County Council, 2005-2007 (NSPCC funded)
  • Co-applicant, successful bid Benefits for Patients funding with Hertfordshire Partnership Trust, Research into the Whole Life Approach, £230,000, 2008
  • Evaluation of Strengthening Families Parenting Programmes, Hertfordshire County Council, 2008-2011 (agency funded)
  • Co-applicant, successful bid for EU Daphne Project, Domestic Violence and Mental Health, 2010
  • Lead applicant, successful bid for EU ERASMUS grant, MSc Recovery and Social Inclusion, 2011
  • Current:  (with Professor Chris Goddard and Community Care): the experiences of social work and social care staff of working with aggressive clients.


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