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Dr Philip Heslop

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Phillip qualified as a social worker in 1992 and is a registered practitioner with the Health Care Professions Council. For twenty years he specialised in working with children and young people ‘looked after’ by foster carers and was a member of the
Fostering Network’s national steering group focusing on fostering children with
disabilities and support groups. Philip has a particular interest in autism, is
a member of the National Autistic Society (NAS) national council and is a
Trustee with Gateshead Autism Group, where he helped set up an arts project
with children and young adults on the autism spectrum.  His research interests include autism, foster care, grandparents / kinship care and fathers / male carers. Philip has provided training for parents, carers and professionals on autism, written
articles on foster care and autism and has set up support groups for fathers and
male carers with the NAS and Daisy Chain.

Philip Heslop

Campus Address

Room H201 Coach Lane Campus East

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Foster fathers performing gender: The negotiation and reproduction of parenting roles in families who foster., Heslop, P. 20 Oct 2020, In: Journal of Family Social Work
  • Social Work Theory In Practice, Meredith, C., Heslop, P. 2020
  • Sticking to our values, Heslop, P., Riddlesden, N. 1 Jun 2020
  • Do parents and carers experiencing violent and challenging behaviour from their children fit with a safeguarding model of support?: Messages from a Facebook study, Heslop, P., McAnelly, S., Wilcockson, J., Newbold, Y., Avantaggiato-Quinn, M., Meredith, C. 28 Nov 2019, In: The Journal of Adult Protection
  • Kinship care a brief practice guide, Heslop, P. 2019
  • Quick guide - Looked after Children Series: Assessment, Heslop, P. 2019
  • Social Work: From Assessment to Intervention, Heslop, P., Meredith, C. Jan 2019
  • Uncertain Futures: Reporting the Experiences and Worries of Autistic Adults and Possible Implications for Social Work Practice, Rodgers, J., Herrema, R., Garland, D., Osborne, M., Cooper, R., Heslop, P., Freeston, M. 1 Oct 2019, In: British Journal of Social Work
  • Integrating simulation into the social work curriculum, Heslop, P., Dodds, C., Meredith, C. Nov 2018, In: BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Using simulation-based education to help social work students prepare for practice, Dodds, C., Heslop, P., Meredith, C. 4 Jul 2018, In: Social Work Education

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Oral presentation: BASW Webinar - Social work with autistic people during COVID 19 and beyond. 2020
  • Examination: Experiences of foster care parents caring for non-family related foster children in de Deur, Gauteng Province, South Africa 2020
  • Membership of committee: BASW Special Interest Group social work with autistic people and people with learning disabilities (External organisation) 2020
  • Membership of committee: BASW - CPD pathway BASW capabilities statements re autistic people and people with a learning disability (External organisation) 2019
  • Membership of committee: BASW Homes not Hospitals (External organisation) 2019
  • Oral presentation: BASW Capabilities Statement Launch - Contextualizing social work and autism 2019
  • Oral presentation: Social work and autism 2019
  • Membership of committee: British Association of Social Work (External organisation) 2019
  • Hosting an academic visitor: Gerard Jefferies 2019
  • Other: Loneliness and young men 2019

PGR Supervision

Mark Telford Start Date: 17/03/2017 End Date: 01/08/2017


  • PhD June 26 2015
  • Childcare MA June 30 2007
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2015
  • Social Worker Health & Care Professional Council (HCPC) 2014

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