Lucille Allain is Associate Professor (Practice) Social Work in the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine at Middlesex University. She is Director of Programmes, Social Work and teaches undergraduate and postgraduate social work students and experienced practitioners undertaking CPD programmes.
Lucille qualified as a social worker in 1992 with a postgraduate social work award. Her first degree was in history and politics and she holds an MSc Social Research Methods, a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health and Social Services Management.
Lucille is a professionally registered social worker with the HCPC and has over 20 years' experience working in the fields of child protection and looked after children in London local authorities. She worked as a social worker, team manager and strategic commissioning manager before moving to a joint appointment role with Middlesex University and Barnet Council. There she successfully developed a postgraduate social work trainee scheme for a number of London boroughs. Lucille has worked at Middlesex University for over 10 years and has also led social work at the University of East London in the role of Associate Dean.
Lucille is currently an independent panel member and Vice-Chair of the Tri-Borough Fostering and Adoption Panel and is a lay member of Brent Council's Local Safeguarding Children's Board.Lucille is currently completing doctoral research focused on young people leaving care and service user involvement in social work education. One of her current, jointly-led research projects involves researching the impact of Special Guardianship Orders on looked after children and their carers. In her other research, she is the principal investigator in a project evaluating interprofessional working relationships between social workers in adult social care and trainee GPs across north and east London.
In addition, Lucille is also currently involved in pedagogic research focused on infant and young child observation as a teaching and learning tool. Lucille has published two books, the first a jointly-authored text exploring social work with looked after children, and the other an edited book on the subject of advanced social work practice with children and families. Lucille has also written a number of journal articles and presented her work at national and international conferences.
Lucille has taught on social work programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate level since 2002. She has expertise and an interest in child and family social work, including looked after children and fostering and adoption. She also has expertise in skills teaching and preparing pre-qualifying students to meet readiness for direct practice requirements.
She teaches qualified social workers practice education and supervision skills. She is experienced in curriculum design for professional social work education programmes and has extensive experience of successfully building and enhancing employer stakeholder engagement within the curriculum and involving service users and carers.
Lucille's research is rooted in her interest in professional social work practice, in particular in the field of looked after children, fostering and adoption and leaving care. Lucille has also published in the area of interprofessional practice and education. She has presented her work at a number of conferences, including the Joint Social Work Education Conferences and at European Social Work Research Conferences. Currently Lucille has been researching practice relating to the experience of looked after children, their carers and professionals who are the subject of Special Guardianship Orders. She is also leading on a project with trainee GPs and adult social care where the focus is on evaluating interprofessional working in adult social care. Lucille is currently editing and contributing to a book on observation in health and social care, along with colleagues Helen Hingley-Jones and Clare Parkinson.
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
Hingley-Jones, H & Allain, L, (2008) 'Integrating Services for Disabled Children and their Families in two English Local Authorities'. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 22 (5)
Bell, L. and Allain, L. (2010) 'Exploring Professional Stereotypes and Learning for Inter-professional Practice: An Example from UK Qualifying Level Social Work Education'. Social Work Education, The International Journal, p1470-1227Villadsen, A, Allain, L, Hingley-Jones, H and Bell, L (2012) 'The use of role-play and drama in interprofessional education: An evaluation of a workshop with social work, midwifery, early years and medical students. Social Work Education Journal, 31(1) pp75-78
Cocker, C. and Allain, L. (2013) Social Work with Looked After Children (2nd edition) Exeter, Learning Matters
Cocker, C. and Allain, L. (2008) Social Work with Looked After Children Exeter, Learning Matters
Cocker C and Allain L (eds) (2011) Advanced Social Work with Children and Families (Post Qualifying Social Work Practice) Exeter, Learning Matters
Allain L, Cocker C with Hinds O, Naluwaga E and Babondock A (2011) 'What's Important for Looked After Children? The Views of Young People Leaving Care' in C Cocker and L Allain (eds) Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families Exeter, Learning Matters
Allain, L and Hingley-Jones, H (2011) 'Policy and Legislative Frameworks in Contemporary Child and Family Social Work 'in C Cocker and L Allain (eds) Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families Exeter, Learning Matters
Allain, L and Hingley-Jones, H (2011) 'Safeguarding children: the complexities of contemporary practice and the importance of working with emotions' in C Cocker and L Allain (eds) Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families Exeter, Learning Matters.
Allain, Lucille and Parkinson, Clare and Hingley-Jones, Helen (2017) Concluding thoughts: observation looking forward. In: Observation in Health and Social Care: Applications for Learning, Research and Practice with Children and Adults. Hingley-Jones, Helen and Parkinson, Clare and Allain, Lucille , eds. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London. ISBN 978-1-84905-675-5
Parkinson, Clare and Allain, Lucille and Hingley-Jones, Helen (2017) Introduction. In: Observation in Health and Social Care: Applications for Learning, Research and Practice with Children and Adults. Hingley-Jones, Helen and Parkinson, Clare and Allain, Lucille , eds. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-1-84905-675-5
Hingley-Jones, Helen (2017) From observation, via reflection, to practice: psychoanalytic baby and young child observation and the helping professions. In: Observation in Health and Social Care: Applications for Learning, Research and Practice with Children and Adults. Hingley-Jones, Helen and Parkinson, Clare and Allain, Lucille , eds. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London, pp. 1-25. ISBN 978-1-84905-675-5
Hingley-Jones, Helen and Parkinson, Clare and Allain, Lucille (2016) ‘Back to our Roots?’ Re-visiting psychoanalytically-informed baby and young child observation in the education of student social workers. Journal of Social Work Practice, 30 (3). pp. 249-265. ISSN 0265-0533
Allain, Lucille (2016) The Involvement of Young People Leaving Care in Social Work Education and Practice. DProf thesis, Middlesex University.
2015: Principal investigator- funding obtained for HENCEL project to teach London-based GP trainees about social care and work with adults, with Professor Kay Caldwell, Helen Hingley-Jones, Linda Bell, Edward Carter, Kate Okonkwo, Theresa So- £30,000
2014-15: Grant obtained (Middlesex University Small Grants) for research project 'Exploring the use of connected person's placements and Special Guardianship Orders across three local authorities', with Helen Hingley-Jones- £4,000
2013- 'Step Up to Social Work' programme- income of £120,000 for UEL delivered in partnership with three local authorities
2013- Project grant of £10,000 to develop e-learning materials UEL
2010-11: London Borough of Haringey training for overseas social workers (contributed to developing and delivering training): £6,0002008-12: Children's 'common core' workforce training (contributed to developing and delivering training in London Borough of Barnet): £60,000.
Lucille chairs the Social Work Stakeholder Group at Middlesex University and has extensive professional links with local authorities and a range of employers. She has experience of developing partnership networks and designing and delivering innovative programmes in health and social care.