Permala Sehmar

BA, MA, Postgraduate Diploma

Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

Full contact details

Permala Sehmar
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU
  • MA Social Research,  The University of Sheffield
  • MA Social Work, The University of Sheffield
  • Post Grad Diploma Youth and Community Work (JNC), Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA (Hons) History and Social Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University   
Research interests
  • Domestic abuse, family violence, gender-based violence;
  • Children and families social work practice and inequality;
  • Restorative practice;
  • Everyday family life and state intervention.

Thesis Title: Exploring family practices in the context of domestic violence and abuse and state responses

My PhD thesis is an explorative qualitative study researching family experiences of domestic abuse and state intervention from children and families social work. The study focuses on family practices, how families 'do' family, in the context of domestic abuse and state responses. The research aims to explore and understand the lived complexity of family life in situations of adversity.

Research group



Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose DTC 1+3 Scholarship (2016). This is a collaborative scholarship between The University of Sheffield and a Local Authority in the north of England. 

Teaching activities

I have contributed to teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) on the MA Social Work Course (Year 1 and Year2) each year from 2017, on the following modules:

- SCS6063 Safeguarding in Social Work Practice
- SCS6064 Further Knowledge, Skills and Values

I have also provided MA Dissertation Supervision and marking and been a Practice Educator and Assessor.

Professional activities

I am a qualified and registered social worker. I have substantial experience of social care and social work as a practitioner, team manager and service manager, in both the voluntary and statutory sectors. This includes work with children, young people and families, child protection, youth work, residential work and working with survivors of abuse. 

Publications and presentations

C. Webb, M. Heneghan, P. Sehmar and K. Morris (2018) Care Crisis Review: Care-experienced Young People and Adults Survey Results. Family Rights Group

C. Webb, M. Heneghan, P. Sehmar and K. Morris (2018) Care Crisis Review: Professionals Survey Results. Family Rights Group

Conference presentations
Families speaking: Exploring restorative practices with families in the context of domestic violence and abuse (DVA) at the 3rd European Conference on Domestic Violence, Oslo, September 2019.