The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Researcher & Assistant Lecturer (Kent Law School)
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Siobhan has recently joined the Tizard Centre as a researcher to work with Michelle McCarthy on a NIHR School for Social Care funded project over 2 years investigating Domestic Violence and Women with Learning Disabilities.
A past student of Kent Law School (1992-1995) and a qualified Solicitor, Siobhan has retained her links with the University by working as an Associate Lecturer with the Kent Law School since 2003. In addition to experience in practice as a solicitor, Siobhan has worked on several ESF funded employment projects (2003-2006) with disadvantaged groups including ex-offenders and adults with learning and other disabilities providing training in legal aspects of equality. Past employment also includes experience within the Criminal Justice system as an Investigations Adviser and Trainer with Kent Police (1998-2001) and more recently in the community, as a Support Worker with Adults with learning disabilities.
Siobhan is passionate about issues of equality and human rights particularly for disadvantaged and minority groups and has a keen interest in the role of law as an instrument for social change.
Siobhan continues to work as an Associate Lecturer with Kent Law School teaching on undergraduate modules; Obligations, Family Law and Equity. She also has experience of teaching on Labour, Public and Criminal Law modules both at Kent and at DKIT in Ireland.back to top
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Currently working with Dr Michelle McCarthy (Tizard Centre) on an NIHR funded project on Domestic Violence and Women with Learning Difficulties. This is an area which is wholly under-researched in the UK and internationally and the project hopes to build on the small body of existing research on domestic violence for women with physical and sensory impairments. Project findings will be disseminated not only through the usual academic avenues of journal papers and presentations but also directly to women with learning disabilities and professionals, support services and practitioners in Social Care.
Siobhan's main research interests are domestic violence, equality/disability and criminal justice amongst others.back to top
Siobhan's main expertise lies in advising on legal aspects of equality and disability. Consultancy experience includes advising projects on equality/disability policies and implementation of the same and with the Kent Police. Siobhan was involved in reviewing area policies to ensure compliance of working practices and new legislation.back to top