Dr Robin Sen

BA (Hons), Dip SW, SFHEA, MSW, MPhil, Msc, PhD

Department of Sociological Studies

Lecturer in Social Work

Dr Robin Sen
+44 114 222 6463

Full contact details

Dr Robin Sen
Department of Sociological Studies
Room LG27
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Robin took up his current post as a Lecturer in Child and Family Social Work at Sheffield in September 2010. Prior to that he was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Strathclyde for three and a half years.

Robin's practice background is as a children and families practitioner in Glasgow, where he had a particular focus on working with looked after and accommodated children.

Robin is also a qualified Practice Teacher in social work.

Research interests

All of Robin's research has been connected to issues in children and families practice, with particular emphasis on issues of safeguarding and work with looked after children.

Robin is currently developing work looking at how looked after children use new technology and professional responses to this.


Journal articles


  • Sen RN (2015) Video Enhanced Reflective Practice with Social Workers In Landor M, Todd L & Kennedy H (Ed.), Video Enhanced Reflective Practice Professional Development through Attuned Interactions Jessica Kingsley Publishers RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sen RN (2012) Residential Child Care Legal Foundations and Requirements In Davies M (Ed.), Social Work's Knowledge Base Palgrave Macmillan RIS download Bibtex download


  • Mason P, Ferguson H, Morris K, Munton T & Sen RN (2017) Leeds Family Valued. Evaluation Report RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sen RN & Lister P (2011) Evidence-informed Performance Improvement National Performance Indicator: Increase the overall proportion of local authority areas receiving positive child protection inspection reports RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sen RN (2009) Evaluation of Scottish Marriage Care Counselling Service Data RIS download Bibtex download
  • 2017-18 Title: Exploring similarities and differences in child welfare between the UK and New Zealand
    • Sponsor: Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research Mobility Programme Award
  • 2016-17 Title: Developing specialist practice resources for child welfare and family support practitioners (with Dr Harriet Churchill and Dr Jadwiga Leigh)
    • Sponsor: Innovation, Impact and Knowledge Exchange (IIKE) support fund, University of Sheffield
  • 2015-16 Title: An Evaluation of Leeds City Council Social Care Innovation Programme (with Prof. Kate Morris)
    • Sponsor: DfE / Leeds City Council
  • 2013 Title: Evaluation of a Family Recovery Project (with Dr Harriet Churchill)
    • Sponsor: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council / University of Sheffield
  • 2011-12 Title: Video Interaction Guidance Pilot with Newly Qualified Social Workers
    • Sponsor: Higher Education Academy
  • 2010-11 Title: Literature Review: Improving Child Protection Practice in Scotland
    • Sponsor: Institute for Innovation and Research in Social Services
  • 2010-11 Title: Analysis of Selected Significant Case Reviews
    • Sponsor: Glasgow Child Protection Committee
  • 2009-11 Title: Evaluation of the Graded Care Profile : Parental and Practitioner Perspectives
    • Sponsor: The British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • 2008 Title: Professionals’ Experience of Managing Contact
    • Sponsor: University of Strathclyde
  • 2007 Title: Literature Review : Historic Abuse in Residential Child Care
    • Sponsor: Scottish Government
Teaching activities

This year Robin is sole co-ordinating:

  • SCS6064 Skills for Direct Practice on the MA in Social Work;
  • SCS633 Evidence Informed Practice on the MAIP;
  • SCS6667 Out of Home Care on the MAIP.

With Nora McClelland and Bev Jowett, Robin is managing a University Engaged Curriculum Funding Award to develop a series of Living Library Events within social work modules.

Robin is an External Examiner on the MA in Social Work at Cardiff University.

See MA Social Work and MA Advanced Professional Practice.

Practice interests

Robin's interests derive from issues that he grappled with as a practitioner and have subsequently developed through teaching and research.

  • Looked after children: Robin is interested in work to improve outcomes for looked after children, social work decision making around children’s placements and the management of contact.
  • Evidence based interventions with vulnerable children and families: Robin is interested in developing a clearer evidence base for effective social work intervention with children and families to address identified concerns.
  • Organisational issues and their impact on children and families practice: Robin is interested in how organisational and political issues impact on the delivery of social work services and how effective frontline social work practice can successfully develop within these frameworks.