Dr Martyn Higgins

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Associate Professor - Social Work

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    020 7815 8103
  • School/Division:
    Health and Social Care / Primary and Social Care

Martyn's main research interests are: social work education, newly qualified social workers experiences, concepts of professional identity, late modern theory and its application to social work.

Martyn's main areas of teaching are:

  • Partnership and participation
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Social policy
  • Human rights
  • Human growth
  • Children and families
  • Professional education
  • Interprofessional education
  • Conflicting and competing expectations: the routinisation and invisibilisation of LGBT narratives. Joint Social Work World Conference, Stockholm, July 2012.
  • Return to the front-line: a study on a project to prepare non-practising social workers to re-enter children and families' practice. JSWEC, University of Hertfordshire, July, 2011.
  • Research undertaken for PhD in 2011
  • Research undertaken for NQSW Project 2010
  • Research undertaken for Practice Learning Project 2010
  • Research undertaken for PhD in 2008

Most recent publications

Whittaker, AJ and Cheston, L and Tyrell, T and Higgins, MM and Felix-Baptiste, C and Harvard, T From Postcodes to Profits: How gangs have changed in Waltham Forest. project_report. London South Bank University, London.

Higgins, MM The judgment in Re W (A child): national and international implications for contemporary child and family social work. British Journal of Social Work, DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcy018

Higgins, MM Conflicting and competing roles and expectations: the conundrum of failing social work students on placements. European Research Institute for Social Work, 17. 38-46.

Higgins, MM Villains, fools or unsung heroes? A study of the contradictory narratives of social work identities in contemporary England. Czech and Slovak Social Work, 16. 57-65.

Higgins, MM ‘Cultivating our humanity’ in child and family social work in England. Social Work Education, 35. 518 - 529. DOI 10.1080/02615479.2016.1181161

Higgins, MM The professional capabilities framework and contemporary debates: implications for social work education in England. British Journal of Social Work, DOI 10.1093/bjsw/bcv018

More publications at LSBU Research Open

Registered social worker with HCPC.

Martyn is an external examiner at the University of Hertfordshire.

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