Lucille Allain initially joined Middlesex University in 2002 as a Principal Lecturer/Joint Appointment. Prior to this she worked as a social worker and social work manager in local authority child and family social work teams. Lucille has experience of managing social work programmes at Middlesex University as Director of Programmes and at the University of East London as Associate Dean.
She has been an independent member of a local authority Fostering Panel since 2010 and is currently Vice-Chair of the Tri-Borough Adoption and Fostering Panel.
Membership and Qualifications
BA Politics/History, MSc Research Methods, PG Diploma Social Work, CQSW, PG Cert Management, PG Cert HE, Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, Member of The College of Social Work
Department of Mental Health and Social Work
Cocker, C : Allain, L. (2008) Social Work with Looked After Children. Exeter: Learning Matters
Allain, L. Cosis-Brown, H. Danso, C. Dillon, J. Finnegan, P. Gadhoke, S. Shamash, M. : Whittaker F. (2006) User and Carer Involvement in Social Work Education- A University Case Study: Manipulation or Citizen Control? Social Work Education, Vol. 25, 4, 403-413
Allain, L. (2007) An Investigation of how a group of social workers respond to the cultural needs of black, minority ethnic looked after children. Practice, Vol. 19, 127-141
Recent Conference Presentations:
Cocker, C. Allain, L. Dugmore, P. (July 2005) Social Work Joint Appointments: Partnerships between Universities and Local Authorities. 7th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference, Loughborough University
Allain, L. : Hingley-Jones, H. (July 2006) Different or the Same? How Two London Boroughs are Integrating Services for Disabled Children. 8th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference, Cambridge University
Allain, L. : Cocker, C. (June 2007) Looked After Children and Mental Health: Issues for Practice- a Social Work Perspective; ‘Promoting the Health of Looked After Children- Study Day: Middlesex University
Allain, L. : Dugmore, P. (September 2007) From Pedagogy to Practice- Interprofessional Learning in the Children’s Workforce: Lessons from a London Borough. International European Interprofessional Education Network (EIPEN)
Learning & Teaching Interests
Lucille's main teaching interests are in the following areas: child and family social work, skills development, the theory/practice interface, assessing readiness for practice, infant and young child observation and inter-professional learning. Lucille is an advocate of service user involvement in social work education and has developed teaching practice in this area including short films and has worked collaboratively with service users to produce publications.
Research Outputs & Interests
Lucille's research is focused on social work practice with looked after children, young people leaving care and on inter-professional learning and practice in child and family social work. She has also developed and delivered a number of knowledge transfer projects and training programmes for local authority social workers, managers and other professionals. This training has been focused primarily on contemporary practice, management and supervision in child and family social work. She has extensive experience of social work curriculum development, professional requirements and professional development in social work education.