Staff profile

Jess Jackson

Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Applied Social Work

Jessica Jackson presenting in a lecture theatre.


Health, Social, and Community Work


College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care



I am a senior lecturer in Social Work and currently the programme leader for the BA (Hons) Applied Social Work.

I am responsible for the overview of the regulated undergraduate Social Work programme. 

Prior to joining the University, I have been a practising social worker in a range of settings and I still work as an independent social worker today.  

Teaching responsibilities

I am module leader for Assessing Risk Need and Vulnerability on the BA, International Social Welfare on the MA and teach across other modules on the programmes. 

Professional interests

I am also an expert witness for domestic abuse work in the family courts providing comprehensive risk assessments of perpetrators to assist in decision making for children. 

Research interests

My research interests include gender bias in family courts and the revictimisation of domestic abuse survivors through child protection and the family courts. 

I am currently studying an MSc in Attachment Theory, Research and Practice. 

Membership of professional bodies

Social Work England 


Experience in industry

I have worked in social care since 2006 starting as a volunteer for women's aid and becoming a qualified social worker in 2011. I have managed multi-professional teams in mother and child residential, child development services and at Pause working with women subject to recurrent care proceedings and child removals. My focus over the last four years has been implementing evidence-based services.  

I continue to be an independent social worker in my areas of specialism (domestic abuse, trauma and children in care). 

In 2019 I made the final of the NSPCC child protection trainer of the year for my trauma focused parent and child in foster care programme of training. 

I have worked with the National Association of Therapeutic Parents (NATP) and the Centre of Excellence in child Trauma (COECT) for several years as a trainer and trauma lead/advisor for professionals and carers supporting trauma-impacted children. 


In the media

I have been involved in radio and TV interviews regarding teenage parenting and child trauma. I wrote an article for adoption today magazine around the realities of becoming an adoptive parent. 

I have featured on the centre of excellence in child trauma podcasts on several occasions.