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Professor of Child Protection Research, University of Kent

David Shemmings is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, and Co-Director of the university's new Centre for Child Protection. His interest, experience and expertise are in child protection.

He is also visiting Professor of Child Protection Research at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

He is the author of more than 60 articles, books and chapters on relationally-based social work theory, research and practice. In 2010 he co-authored a government-funded, C4EO Knowledge Review on Working with Highly Resistant Families.

Currently he leads the Advanced Child Protection stream within the West London Alliance Post-qualifying Initiative (involving eight London boroughs) and I also direct the Assessment of Disorganised Attachment and Maltreatment (ADAM) Project in 23 child protection organisations across the UK and Europe.


  • 2007–present
    University of Kent , Professor of Social Work


    University of East Anglia, PhD


  • 2012
    ‘Gaining the Trust of ‘Highly Resistant’ Families: Insights from Attachment Theory and Research’, Child & Family Social Work