School of Sociology and Social Policy

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Helen Woods

ESRC PhD Candidate, Faculty of Social Sciences



I graduated from the University of Bradford in 2000 with a BA Hons in Applied Social Studies and Social Work. I then worked as a probation officer in a Youth Offending Team. Subsequently my social work within YOTs continued and I have also worked as a Family Worker and Senior Practitioner with families affected by drug and alcohol use, undertaken child protection social work, adult safeguarding and Residential Childcare. Prior to commencing my PhD I worked as a Project Manager within a local authority delivering training to the children's workforce and developing resources relating to substance misuse by young people and families.

Following completion of the Global Citizenship, Identities and Human Rights MA at Nottingham I then applied for PhD funding from the ESRC to follow up my dissertation on young people in Residential Care. Having completed a Masters in Research Methods in 2015, I am now working on my PhD due for completion in 2018, a mixed methods qualitative study which seeks to understand the meaning of living in Residential Care for Children in the UK.

I am currently co-convenor for UON's Post-graduate Children and Childhood network and am a member of the Centre Department's Centre for Social Research.

Expertise Summary

Professionally: Youth Offending. Substance Misuse. Family work.


Sociology of Children/Childhood.

Children's Residential Care.


Family life.

Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching on the Policy and Social Justice module at undergraduate level.

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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