The Centre for Child Protection

High Quality Child Protection Training, study & research


Our academic expertise


Academic staff

Staff Name Job Title
Professor David Shemmings Centre Co-director and Professor of Child Protection Research
Professor Jane Reeves Centre Co-director and Director of Studies
Vanisha Jassal Lecturer in Child Protection
Tracee Green Lecturer in Child Protection

Honorary Lecturers

Staff Name Job Title
Lissil Averill Social Worker, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
Alice Cook Senior Family Support Worker, St Michael's Fellowship, London
Yvalia Febrer Senior Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire
Fran Feeley Social Worker, St Michael's Fellowship, London
Donald Findlater Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Detective Inspector Dominic Kilbride Kent Police
Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Long Kent Police
Dr Elena Martellozzo Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Middlesex University
Melanie Perry Children's Safeguarding Social Worker, Norfolk
David Phillips Manager, Moorfield Family Assessment Centre, Enfield
Yvonne Shemmings Continuing Professional Development Consultant in Child Protection
Dr David Wilkins Senior Lecturer, University of Bedfordshire

Visiting Professors

Staff Name Job Title
Professor Harry Ferguson Professor of Social Work, University of Nottingham
Professor Donald Forrester Professor of Social Work, University of Bedfordshire

Current PhD students

Student Name Subject
Alice Cook Unresolved loss and trauma and their effects on child maltreatment
Mel Hamilton-Perry Traveller families and attachment to people and place
Mary Smith Early intervention and support with vulnerable families
Dr David Wilkins How social workers use knowledge about disorganised attachment to assess risk and help families

If you’re interested in doing a PhD, email sspssr-pg-admin@kent.ac.uk or call 01227 827958 / 01227 827613 / 01227 823684 for all postgraduate enquiries.


Support staff

Staff Name Job Title
James Redmond School Business and Administration Manager
Lucy Druesne Senior Operations Manager, Kent Innovation & Enterprise
Paul Glover Business Support Manager
Harriet Armstrong-Viner Communications and Recruitment Manager
Karen Paine Business Development Manager
Mark O'Connor Distance Learning Technologist, Curriculum Development Team

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Last Updated: 15/03/2017