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Dr Janet Warren

PositionLecturer in Social Work
DepartmentSocial Work and Social Care
Telephone01274 233513

Research Interests (key words only)

Young Carers; Children as Researchers; Participatory Research and Evaluation

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Module Co-ordinator for the following modules:

  • Social Work with Children and Families - MA Social Work Year 1
  • Service Users’ and Carers’ Perspectives- BA Social Work Year 3
  • Service Users’ and Carers’ Perspectives in Social Work and Social Care - BA Working with Children, Young People and Families Year 3

Administrative Responsibilities

Programme Director MA Social Work

Strategic Lead for Service User and Carer Involvement


Involved in social work, children and families social work education, and the development of service user and carer participation in social work education and training at the University of Bradford and Anglia Ruskin University.

Study History

I am a graduate of Liverpool University (B.A. (Hons.) in Modern History, 1979), and a post-graduate of Exeter University (B.Phil in Social Work, 1984) and Goldsmiths College, London University (PhD in Social Work, 2004). I am a qualified social worker (CQSW), training manager (DTM) and teacher (PGCTLHE).

Professional History

I joined the University of Bradford in October 2013 as a Lecturer in Social Work. Prior to this, I held academic posts as a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Anglia Ruskin University (2004-2012) and Luton University (2001-2004), and posts as a Lecturer in Social Work at West Herts College (1991-2001) and a Lecturer in Social Care at Epping Forest College (1990-1991). I have also held a post as a Training and Development Officer in Social Services with responsibility for CSS study supervision and child care training (1988-1990). I hold a social work qualification and practised as a generic social worker before specialising in working with children and families in a Social Services Department (1984-1988). 

Professional Activities

  • Registered Social Worker (Health Care Professions Council)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Areas

My research interests fall principally into two main areas, namely:

  • The needs and experiences of children who are caregivers ('young carers') - improving the development of professional awareness, service provision and outcomes for children and their families. This research has involved working closely with practitioner and service user (young carers) networks. Whilst at Anglia Ruskin University, I led research commissioned by Peterborough City Council which explored the needs of young carers locally and made proposals for the future development of services. 
  • Children and young people’s participation as active researchers. Whilst at Anglia Ruskin University, I supported a group of young carers to develop a user-led research proposal.

Current Projects

My current research is exploring patterns of change for children and young people who are known to adopt caring roles and how their lives differ from other children and young people in the general population. 


  • Warren, J., 2010. The positive outcomes of developing a research bid with young carers. Research, Policy and Planning, Vol. 28(1), pp.43-54.
  • Warren, J., 2008. Young carers: still 'hidden' after all these years? Research, Policy and Planning, 26(1), pp.45-56.
  • Warren, J., 2007. Young Carers: ‘Conventional’ or ‘Exaggerated’ Levels of Involvement in Domestic and Caring Tasks? Children and Society, 21(2), pp.136-146.
  • Warren, J., 2007. Service User and Carer Participation in Social Work. Exeter: Learning Matters.
  • Warren, J. and O’Brien, N., 2007. Exploration of the Needs of Young Carers in Peterborough: An Analysis of Existing Services and Proposals for Future Development. Cambridge: Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Warren, J., 2005. ‘Carers: How the lives of young carers differ from those of young non-carers and how their efforts sometimes go unsupported’. Research Matters, 19, pp.5-10.

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

Conference Presentation:

Warren, J. and Fox, J., 2008. ‘The Service User and Carer Involvement Project: Anglia Ruskin University. Two examples of best practice involving service users, carers, lecturers, young people and students’, Paper presented at the ‘Developing Practice Together’ national conference, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, 23 May.


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