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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


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

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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?, Heslop, P., McAnelly, S., Wilcockson, J., Newbold, Y., Avantaggiato-Quinn, M., Meredith, C. 28 Nov 2019, In: The Journal of Adult Protection
  • Foster fathers performing gender, Heslop, P. 6 May 2019, In: Journal of Family Social Work
  • Kinship care a brief practice guide, Heslop, P. 2019
  • Quick guide - Looked after Children Series: Assessment, Heslop, P. 2019
  • Social Work, 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

PGR Supervision

Mark Telford Start: 17/03/2017


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