Lectures and Workshops

Dr Liz Davies, Emeritus Reader in Child Protection


I am able to offer the following lectures, role plays and workshops most of which are based on my written work as indicated.

LECTURES – 1 HOUR; some with related seminar activity

Child protection policy and practice

Social work research – a new model

Children’s Rights

Protecting children in a context of privatisation

Working with survivors of child abuse

Professional dangerousness

Assessing need and risk

Parental mental health problems and the impact on children

The politics of child protection including IICSA and recent developments


Working with the media to protect children. [Davies, L (2014) Working positively with the media to protect children. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 36:1, 47-58]

Professional accountability and integrity. [Davies, L (2012) The Social Work Toolkit; Professional Accountability. Hampshire. Palgrave] 

Genital Autonomy (Female genital and male genital cutting) [Dustin, D and Davies, L (2007) Female Genital Cutting and Children’s Rights: Implications for Social Work Practice. Child Care in Practice Vol. 13, No. 1, January 2007, pp. 3-16].

Children abused through a belief in spirit possession

Abuse of children in institutional and custodial settings

Lectures based on the main chapters of; Davies, L and Duckett, N (2016) Proactive child protection in social work. London: Sage

Emotional abuse , Neglect, Child sexual abuse, Physical abuse / Physical punishment

Organised abuse


A child protection conference

Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements

Jigsaw – a 40 person multi-agency role play.

 WORKSHOPS: 2-3 hours

Communication skills in children’s social work based on the 5 chapters of this book including dramatisation; Davies L and KerriganLebloch E (2011) Communicating with Children and their Families in the context of need and risk. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

  1. Engagement: initial contact with a child who is sexually exploited
  2. Negotiation: multi-agency communication during a strategy meeting
  3. Investigation: responding effectively to parental false compliance
  4. Use of power: communication with an unaccompanied asylum seeking child
  5. Persistence: promoting the rights of a disabled child

Therapeutic work with children using storytelling

Communicating with children. Theoretical perspectives

Achieving Best Evidence statutory guidance for the investigative interviewing of child witnesses. [Davies L and Townsend D (2008) Investigative interviewing of children. Achieving Best Evidence. Working Together Training Together. Dorset. Russell House].

Please contact; Dr Liz Davies, Emeritus Reader in Child Protection


Faculty of Social Science and Humanities,

Room TM231A, Tower Building, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB