Dr Harriet Churchill
Lecturer in Social Work
(BA, PG Cert, PhD)
Telephone: 0114 222 6440 (external), 26440 (internal)
Room: Elmfield, LG14
Harriet joined the Department of Sociological Studies in September 2008 having previously taught at the University of Manchester (2005-2008) and been a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Leeds (2003-2005).
Harriet is a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellow. She is also a member of the Social Policy Association (SPA) Executive Committee, with a focal remit of Membership Secretary (2015-2018), and is on the Editorial Board for Social Policy and Society.
Harriet is the Department of Sociological Studies' Lead Co-ordinator for Research Ethics Governance.
Harriet is the Co-Lead for the Lifecourse and Inter-generational Relations Cluster.
Harriet's research interests bridge social policy and sociology with a focus on the analysis of policies, services and everyday lived experiences in relation to childhood, young people, parenthood and family support. She is interested in the relationship between child, family and social policy, and engages in critical policy analysis for improvements in child welfare and family support entitlements, provisions and services. Harriet has completed qualitative research about lone mothers’ experiences of negotiating motherhood and paid work, parental empowerment in Sure Start Children’s Centres and parents of teenagers’ experiences of participating in group parenting programmes.
Harriet's current research focuses on policy, practice and research innovations in the broad field of integrated and intensive family support services across the UK and more widely in international terms.
Harriet contributes to teaching on our MA Social Work, BA Sociology/Social Policy and MA Social Policy programmes.
Harriet is Module Convenor for the following modules:
Harriet also contributes significantly to the following modules:
Students who share similar research interests to those listed below are welcome to discuss the possibility of postgraduate supervision:
To find out more about our PhD programmes, go to:
Publications since 2005
Churchill, H., Morris K and Richardson-Foster, H (2018) Exploring the lessons from the dissemination of research to the judiciary involved in public family law and child care proceedings, University of Sheffield: Sheffield.
Churchill, H (Forthcoming, 2016) Whole Family Support Part 1: Whole Family Engagement, Child Welfare Practice Resources Series, Department of Sociological Studies: University of Sheffield.
Churchill, H (Forthcoming, 2016) Whole family support Part 2: Whole Family Assessment, Child Welfare Practice Resources Series, Department of Sociological Studies: University of Sheffield.
Churchill, H (Forthcoming, 2016) Whole Family Support Part 3: Whole Family Support and Services Delivery, Child Welfare Practice Resources Series, Department of Sociological Studies: University of Sheffield.
Churchill, H and Sen, R (Forthcoming, 2016) A local evaluation of an ‘edge of care’ family recovery programme, Department of Sociological Studies: University of Sheffield.
Churchill, H. & Sen, R. (2016). Introduction: Intensive Family Support Services: Politics, Policy and Practice Across Contexts. Social Policy and Society, 15:2, pp 251-261 doi:10.1017/S1474746416000026
Churchill, H. & Fawcett, B. (2016). Refocusing on Early Intervention and Family Support: A Review of Child Welfare Reforms in New South Wales, Australia. Social Policy and Society, 15:2, pp 251-261 doi:10.1017/S1474746416000038
Churchill, H. and Sen, R. (Eds.) (2016). Intensive Family Support Services: Politics, Policy and Practice Across Contexts [Themed section]. Social Policy and Society, 15 (2), pp. 251-336.
Churchill, H. (2016). One step forward, two steps back: Children and young people. In H. Bochel & M. Powell (Eds.), The Coalition Government and Social Policy Restructuring the Welfare State. Policy Press.
Churchill, H. (2013). Retrenchment and restructuring: family support and children’s services reform under the coalition. Journal of Children's Services, 8(3), 209-222. doi:10.1108/JCS-05-2013-0020
Churchill, H. A., & Clarke, K. (2013). Troubled and troublesome teens: Mothers' and professionals' understandings of parenting teenagers and teenage troubles. In V. Gillies, & J. McCarthy-Ribbens (Eds.), Family Troubles: Family Change and Family Experiences. Bristol: The Policy Press.
Churchill, H. A. (2012). Family support and the Coalition: retrenchment, refocusing and restructuring. In M. Kilkey, G. Ramia, & K. Farnsworth (Eds.), Social Policy Review 24: Analysis and debate in social policy, 2012 (pp. 35-54). Policy Press.
Clarke, K and Churchill, H (2012) ‘‘A chance to stand back’: Parenting programmes for parents of adolescents’, Children and Society, 26(4), pp. 316–327. doi: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2010.00346.x
Churchill, H (2011) Parental rights and responsibilities: Analysing policy and service user perspectives, Bristol: Policy Press
Churchill, H and Clarke, K (2009) ‘Investing in parent education: A critical review of policy and provision under New Labour’, Social Policy and Society, 9 (1), pp. 39-53. doi: 10.1017/S1474746409990182
Churchill, H (2009) `Every child´s voice matters?´, in Durose, C., Greasley, S and Richardson, L (eds), Changing Citizens: The impact of local governance on citizens, Policy Press.
Churchill, H and Clarke, K (2009) A small scale evaluation of Manchester City Council’s work with families with complex and multiple needs, In-house report for Manchester City Council Children’s Services Director, Manchester.
Churchill, H and Clarke, K (2008) A pilot evaluation of Manchester City Council’s Parenting Your Teen courses, In-house report for Manchester City Council Children’s Services Director, Manchester.
Churchill, H. A. (2008) 'Communities in control? The challenges of neighbourhood governance with reference to local government reform in England', Commonwealth Journal of Local Governance, 1(1), 49-69. doi:10.5130/cjlg.v1i0.757
Churchill, H (2008) 'Being a responsible mother: New Labour policy discourses versus lone mothers’ contextualised accounts', in Bridgeman, J., Keating, H and Lind, C (eds) Responsibility, Law and the Family, Ashgate Publishing.
Churchill, H and Clarke, K (2007) Parenting Interventions with the Parents of Adolescents: A review of approaches, programmes and outcomes, In-house report for Manchester City Council Children’s Services Director, Manchester.
Churchill, H (2007) `New Labour versus lone mothers´ discourses of parental responsibility and children´s needs´, Critical Policy Analysis, 1 (2) pp.170-183. doi: 10.1080/19460171.2007.9518517
Churchill, H and Sanders, T (2007) Getting Your PhD: A Practical Insiders Guide, Sage: London.
Churchill, H (2007) `Children´s Services in 2006´, in Clarke, K., Maltby, T and Kennett, P (eds) Social Policy Review 19: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, Bristol: Polity Press.
Churchill, H (2007) Decentralising public service provision and decision making to the neighbourhood level: Opportunities and challenges for local agencies, North West Improvement Network/ IPEG: Manchester.
Churchill, H (2007) Choice in public services: A review of the evidence, North West Improvement Network/ IPEG: Manchester.
Williams, F and Churchill, H (2006) Empowering parents in Sure Start Local Programmes, National Evaluation of Sure Start Report, NESS/2006/FR/018, London: DfES.
A full list of publications can be downloaded by clicking the link on the right of this page.