Mrs Julianne Harlow

Position: Senior Lecturer

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

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I currently work as a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programme but also contribute to the BA (Hons) in Child and Youth Studies. I am currently acting as stage three leader, supporting Early Childhood Studies students in the final year of their undergraduate programme. I also work in partnership with the British Red Cross to organise OFSTED recognised paediatric first aid training for Early Childhood Studies Students.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently contribute to the following modules:

  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies:
  • The Growing Child
  • Children's Health
  • Vulnerable Children and the Law

I also act as a personal tutor to students taking the Emerging Practitioner and Critically Reflective Practitioner modules and undertake a supervisory role for students who are undertaking the Independent Study module.

  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies:
  • The Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Professional interests


Child Public Health

Child Care Law

Safeguarding Children

Specailist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting

Quality Assurance

Research interests

Safeguarding Children

Child Protection

Cochlear Implants and the Best Interests of Very Young, Profoundly Deaf Children

The Physical Development of Children

Membership of professional bodies

NMC Registered Nurse (Adult)

NMC Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - Health Visiting

NMC Recorded Community Practitioner Nurse Prescriber

NMC Recorded Nurse Teacher

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Community Practitioner and Health Visitor's Association


BSc (Hons) Community Health Care Nursing (First Class)

MA Child Care Law and Practice (Distinction)

PGCE Further and Higher Adult Education

Recent publications

In Press: Harlow, J., Smith, MA (2016) "Safeguarding Children: Debates and Dilemmas for Health Visitors" in Luker, K., McHugh, G., Bryar, R. Health Visiting: Preparation for Practice. 4th Edn. Chichester, Wiley.

Harlow, J., Smith, MA., (2012) "Safeguarding Children: Debates and Dilemmas for Health Visitors" in Luker, K., Orr, J., McHugh, G (2012) Health Visiting: A Rediscovery. 3rd Edn. Chichester, Wiley.

Harlow, J. (2011) Baby Friendly Accreditation. Community Practitioner. Vol.84, No.10, pp40-41.

Smith, M., Harlow, J. (2009) Community Health Services in Tabernacle, B., Honey, M., Jinks, A.(eds) The Oxford Handbook of Nursing Older People. Oxford, Oxford University Press,  pp78-81.

Smith, M., Harlow, J. (2009) Health Visiting in Tabernacle, B., Honey, M., Jinks, A.(eds)The Oxford Handbook of Nursing Older People. Oxford, Oxford University Press pp84-85

Recent conferences

Delegate: Compassion in Health Care, University of Derby. 17 June 2015

Delegate: Early Years High Impacts for Health. Gov Today / NICE, London, 30 October 2014

Delegate: Next steps for child development policy-supporting parents, improving school readiness and implementing integrated health and learning progress reviews. Westminster Education Forum Conference, London 10 June 2014

Delegate: Pedagogies for the Future: How do we inspire and innovate? University of Derby, Ninth Annual Learning and Teaching Conference, Buxton, Derbyshire. 2 July 2014

Speaker: Gaining Baby Friendly Accreditation for a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) Programme, UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Annual Conference 2011. Liverpool BT Convention Centre, 24-25 November 2011

Speaker: Seeking accreditation of baby friendly standards to a specialist community public health nursing (health visiting) programme: Success to stage one assessment, CPHVA Annual Conference: Healthy Family, Healthy Child, Harrogate International Centre, 20-22 October 2010

Presenter: Inter-Professional and Inter-Agency Learning: Ensuring Quality in Preparation for Specialist Practice (Poster), CPHVA Annual Professional Conference and Exhibition: Partners in Health, Bournemouth International Centre, 10-12 November 2005

Additional interests and activities

I love spending time with my family and friends, especially my first grandchild and I especially enjoy gardening, cooking and baking! 

Experience in industry

I have many years experience of working in the NHS as a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor and have worked within both acute and community settings. As a health visitor I also gained experience working as a trainer for a domestic violence forum, raising awareness of domestic violence and its' impact on children. I extended this experience by training for a Local Safeguarding Children's Board in the North West, again focusing mainly on domestic abuse and its' impact on children but also co-delivering sessions on neglect and the graded care profile.

I moved into Higher Education in the North West in 2004 gaining experience as a senior lecturer then programme lead on a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) programme. I led the process by which that programme became the first in the country to gain UNICEF Baby Friendly accreditation in respect of health visitor training. I also embedded the Solihull Parenting approach into the health visitor programme, and latterly became a trainer in respect of that element.   I also worked with colleagues to design, validate and lead a postgraduate continuing professional development framework for nurses which had a number of named routes. I have a particular interest in safeguarding children and also took specific responsibility for running the postgraduate route in respect of safeguarding children. During my time in the North West I was also acted as a reviewer in respect of Quality Assurance for my professional body, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and worked as an external examiner for another university.

I moved to the University of Derby in January 2014 to contribute to the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Programme and enjoy sharing elements of my professional experience with students on this programme.

International experience

I act as module leader for the Children's health module which is also taught by our partners in Greece and enjoy liasing with colleagues there.

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