Jill Childs

Jill has a background in working with homeless people, particularly those who are disenfranchised and excluded from service provision.

She graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1996 with a Diploma in Social work and a BA Hons in Applied Social Science.

Jill went on to work in the field of mental health and worked in both voluntary and statutory sector agencies as a social worker, and became the lead practitioner for Dual Diagnosis in the Mental Health Care Trust. During this time she graduated with a Masters degree in Mental Health and the Practice Teaching Award. In 2011 Jill completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching in Higher Education.

She has spent much of her career supporting and educating students in the field.

Before starting her current role Jill went on to manage the award winning Elmore Team; an agency that works with people who have complex needs and who find it difficult to engage with services where she was involved with the day to day management of a service along with developing pilot services that focused on prison in reach, sex working , antisocial behavior, supporting young parents with complex needs and service user involvement and collaborated with partners such as Shelter and Revolving Doors to influence government policy in these respects.

Jill is a qualified University Lecturer holding the PTCHE and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Membership of Professional Bodies

HCPC SW03059

BASW 084715


Jill is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, & Admissions Lead for the Social Work programme and currently teaches on the following modules;


U48823 Mental Health for Social Workers

U48899 Dissertations


p40307 Dissertations

Research grants

Bunce, L., Childs, J., & Lonsdale, A.J. (Department of Psychology, Social Work & Public Health Research Awards Scheme - £5,000). Building academic success and resilience in social work students using a self-determination theory approach. Awarded November 2016.