Jane Laing


Department of Sociological Studies

University Teacher in Social Work

+44 114 222 6408

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Jane Laing
Department of Sociological Studies
Room G42
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Jane joined the department in September 2014.

Jane qualified as Social Worker in 1999 from the University of York and has since worked in a statutory setting in Children and Young People and Families services. Her most recent post was as a Local Authority Social Work Consultant, supporting newly qualified Social Workers in their first three years of practice as part of their Assessed and Supported Year of Employment.

As part of this role, Jane also took a specialist lead in the Social Work assessment of adult sexual and violent offenders and was very much involved in mentoring and training of Social Workers in the assessment of convicted or alleged offenders and their non-abusing partners.

Jane has extensive experience in authoring Person Posing Risk assessment reports and providing witness testimony in both private and public law matters.

Teaching activities

Since joining the department, Jane has contributed to the teaching for social work practice on the MA Social Work and provides tutorial and dissertation support.

Professional activities

Jane's professional interests are in relation to adult violent and sexual offenders; investigative interviewing and the assessment of adults in a Child Protection context. She is also very interested in the support and training offered to Social Workers in specialist areas of assessment.

Conference presentations

Laing, J. (2015) ‘Engaging and supporting 'High Risk' Families’, Child Welfare, Children's Rights and Family Support: Tensions and Possibilities, Department of Sociological Studies 65th Anniversary Conference.

Laing, J. (2015) Sheffield Council Lunchtime Seminar Events ‘A Fighting Chance? - Providing Post-adoption Support for Young Parents who have had their Children removed from their Care’, Masterclass.

Laing, J. (2016) 'Collusive parents? Or in denial? How should we work with families who fear incrimination in cases of sexual abuse?' Masterclass Presentation. Speaking Out for Social Work – Crossing Divides and Building Relationships' Conference; Sheffield University in partnership with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and the centre for Social Work Practice.