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Michelle Lefevre
Professor of Social Work (Social Work and Social Care)
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Research

Methodological interests

Michelle is particularly interested in narrative, creative, participatory, and psychosocial methodologies, in feminist ethnography, and in using conversation analysis in applied settings.

Current research projects

1. DfE Innovations Funded Project - Evaluations of Wave 2 - Evaluating the implementation of contextual safeguarding theory in Hackney

2. DfE-funded Evaluation of the Alternative Provision Innovations Fund, in partnership with ECORYS.

3. Looking, hearing and learning: analysing communication and engagement between social workers and children. 

4. Exploring how child criminal exploitation manifests and is worked with by professionals in the South Coast area of England.

Research reports

McCracken, K., Fitzsimons, A., Marquez, S., Druciarek, M. & Lefevre, M. (2018) Domestic Sexual Abuse of Girls. Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs/Directorate General for Internal Policies of the Union. PE 608.837 – November 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.2861/90411

Hickle, K., Lefevre, M., Luckock, B. & Ruch, G. (2017) Piloting and Evaluating the ‘See Me, Hear Me’ Framework for working with Child Sexual Exploitation.  Office of the Children's Commissioner, London. https://tinyurl.com/yb4288z8

Hickle, K. & Lefevre, M. (2017) Infographic: Developing practice systems and methods for working with Child Sexual Exploitation, available at: http://www.developingcsepractice.org/.

Lefevre, M., Burr, R., Boddy, J. & Rosenthal, R. (2013) Feeling Safe, Keeping Safe: Good Practice In Safeguarding And Child Protection In Secondary Schools.  Funded by the Office of the Children's Commissioner https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/publication/feeling-safe-keeping-safe/ 

Lefevre, M. (2012) Becoming Effective Communicators with Children in Social Work Practice: Who You Are, Not Just What You Know and Do.  http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/39582/1/Lefevre,_Michelle.pdf

Lefevre, M. (2010) Evaluating the teaching and learning of communication skills with children and young people, in J. Carpenter and H. Burgess (eds) Research Monograph 2: Evaluating Outcomes in Social Work Education, SWAP. 

Lefevre, M & Boushel, M. (2010) Integrating the Common Core of Skills, Knowledge and Understanding into Social work Education in Wales.  Funded by the Care Council for Wales.  Cardiff:  Care Council for Wales. www.ccwales.org.uk/edrmsdocredirect.aspx?db=2&doc=94264

Lefevre, M & Boushel, M. (2009) Children’s Social Work – Roles and Qualifications.  A Research Study funded by the Care Council for Wales. 
 
Marchant, R., Lefevre, M., Jones, M. and Luckock, B. (2007) Knowledge Review: Necessary Stuff - The Social Care Needs of Children with Complex Health Care Needs and their Families. SCIE Knowledge Review, 18. Funded by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. London: SCIE.
 
Luckock, B., Lefevre, M., Orr, D., Jones, M., Marchant, R. and Tanner, K. (2006) Knowledge Review: Teaching, Learning and Assessing Communication Skills with Children and Young People in Social Work Education. Funded by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. London: SCIE.
 

Authored books

Lefevre, M. (2018) Communicating and Engaging with Children and Young People: Making a Difference. Bristol: The Policy Press, 2nd Edition.

Lefevre, M. (2010) Communicating with Children and Young People: Making a Difference. Bristol: The Policy Press, 1st edition.

Edited books

Taylor, I.,  Bogo, M., Lefevre, M.  & Teater, B. (Eds.) (2016) Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education. London: Routledge.

Luckock. B & Lefevre, M. (Eds.) (2008) Direct work: Social Work with Children and Young People in Care.  London, BAAF.

Book chapters

Teater, B., Lefevre, M. & McLaughlin, H. (2016) Developing the Social Work Academic Workforce: Profiles from the United Kingdom and the United States of America. In I. Taylor, M. Bogo, M. Lefevre & B. Teater (Eds.) Routledge International Handbook of Social Work Education. London: Routledge, pp.355-369

Lefevre, M. (2011) 'Skills in direct work with looked after children, their carers and families', in Cocker, C. & Allain, L. Advanced Social Work with Children and Families (Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice) . Exeter: Learning Matters, pp. 75-88.

Lefevre, M. (2008) 'Assessment and decision-making in child protection: Relationship-based considerations, in M. Calder (Ed.) The Carrot or the Stick? Towards Effective Practice with Involuntary Clients in Safeguarding' Children Work.  Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing.

Lefevre, M. (2008) 'Communicating and Engaging with Children and Young People in Care through Play and the Creative Arts', in B. Luckock and M. Lefevre, Direct Work: Social Work with Children and Young People in Care. pp. 130-150. BAAF, London.

Lefevre, M. (2008) 'Core qualities and skills for working with children and young people who are in care' in B.Luckock and M. Lefevre, Direct Work: Social Work with Children and Young People in Care, pp. 21-39. BAAF, London.

 

Journal articles

Lefevre, M., Hickle, K. & Luckock, B. (2018) Both/and’  not  ‘either/or’: reconciling rights to protection and participation in working with child sexual exploitation, British Journal of Social Work, Advance Access bcy106, https://doi.org/10.1093/social/bcy106

Teater, B., Lefevre, M. and Mclaughlin, H. (2018) Research activity among UK social work academics, Journal of Social Work, Vol 18, Issue 1, pp.85-106. doi: 10.1177/1468017316652002.

Lefevre, M., Hickle, K., Luckock, B. & Ruch, G. (2017) Building trust with children and young people at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation: the professional challenge’  British Journal of Social Work, 47(8), pp. 2456–2473, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw181.

Lefevre, M. (2017) Learning and Development Journeys towards Effective Communication with Children, Child and Family Social Work, 22(1), pp. 86–96 doi:10.1111/cfs.12202. Published online 8 December 2014.

Lefevre, M. (2015) Becoming effective communicators with children: developing practitioner capability through social work education, British Journal of Social Work, 45 (1): 204-224. Published online 4 July 4 2013.

Lefevre, M. (2015) Integrating the teaching, learning and assessment of communication with children within the qualifying social work curriculum, Child & Family Social Work, Volume 20, Issue 2, pages 211–222, May 2015.  Published online 30 April 2013.

Lefevre, M., Tanner, K. and Luckock, B. (2008) Developing social work students' communication skills with children and young people: a model for the qualifying level curriculum. Child and Family Social Work, 13 (2). pp. 166-176.

Luckock, B., Lefevre, M. and Tanner, K. (2007) Teaching and learning communication with children and young people: developing the qualifying social work curriculum in a changing policy context. Child and Family Social Work, 12 (2), pp. 192-201. 

Lefevre, M. (2006) 'Some Ethical Considerations in Psychotherapy with Children', The Psychotherapist, Autumn 2006, pp.9-11.

Lefevre, M (2005) 'Facilitating Practice Learning and Assessment: The Influence of Relationship', in Social Work Education, 24, 5, pp. 1-19.

Lefevre, M (2004) 'Finding the Key: Containing and Processing Traumatic Sexual Abuse', in The Arts in Psychotherapy, 31, 3, pp.37-152.

Lefevre, M (2004) 'Playing with Sound: The Therapeutic Use of Music in Direct Work with Children', in Child and Family Social Work. 9, pp.333-345

 

Recent Invited Keynotes/public lectures

4th April 2019 'Addressing complex safeguarding risks with vulnerable adolescents: A rights- and relationship-based approach'. Public Lecture, Trinity College, Dublin.

1st December 2017  'Looking, hearing and learning: what can we learn from analysing communication and engagement between social workers and children?'. BASPCAN conference, Perth, Scotland.

17th May 2017 Facilitating relationship-based practice with children and families in challenging contexts. Bournemouth University.     

24th March 2017 '‘Watching and listening: What actually happens when social workers visit children?'.  Conference on Interdisciplinary dialogues for social work research and practice. CIRCY,  Brighton.

2nd February 2017 ‘Roses and thorns: the doctoral journey from practitioner to research impact’. The 2017 Tavistock Doctoral Conference: ‘Researching in Troubled Times’.  London: The Tavistock Centre.

7th July 2016 'The relationship's the thing: enhancing practice learning and assessment through the practice educator/student relationship'.  National Organisation of Practice Teachers' Conference.  Wolverhampton University.

27th April 2016 'Learning to communicate and engage with children – developing social workers’ capabilities’.  Conference on Direct work: Engaging and communicating with children and young people. University of Stirling.

29th June 2015 'Working with interpersonal processes in the student/practice educator relationship', NCL Conference for practice educators, London.

5th March 2015 ‘Relationship-based Practice Learning’, National Practice Teacher Conference, Care Council for Wales.

14th Jan 2015 'The role of the supervisory relationship within social work practice education'.  University of Sussex.

11th June 2014 'The HEI role in improving the education of children’s social workers'. Conference on 'Improving the Training of Children's Social Workers: Implications of the Narey Report'.  Westminster Briefing, London.

5th June 2014   ‘The potential significance of the supervisory relationship in practice education’.  Conference on Relationship-based Practice Education.  University College Suffolk.

 

Recent international conference papers 

10-12 April 2019 Lefevre, M. Communicating with children about sensitive matters: attuning to affect in child protection encounters. European Social Work Research Conference, in Leuven, Belgium.

17-20 April 2018 Lefevre, M. & Hickle, K.  Doublethink and the Doublebind: negotiating the protection/participation dichotomy in working with child sexual exploitation. European Social Work Research Conference, in Edinburgh, UK.

13-17 August 2017 Lefevre, M. & Hall, C., Social worker – child communication during home visits. DANASWAC conference, Copenhagen, Denmark.

20th April 2017 Lefevre, M. & Hall, C., Moving between play and serious talk in social work home visits to children.  European Social Work Research Conference, Aalborg, Denmark.

23-24 June 2016 Lefevre, M., Hickle, B., Luckock, B., Ruch, G. Professional use of self in building  trust with children at risk of CSE. Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation.  Liverpool Hope University.

1st April 2016 Teater, B, McLaughlin, H. & Lefevre, M. Is there a Practice-Academic Disconnect in Social Work? Examples from the United Kingdom and the United States. European Social Work Research Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.

22-24 April 2015 Teater, B, McLaughlin, H. & Lefevre, M. An exploration of the factors that contribute to or impede research activity among social work academics in the UK. European Social Work Research Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

13th October 2014 Lefevre, M. 'Varied pathways towards effective communication with children: A tale of two students'. European Research Institute for Social Work, Hatfield, England.

16th April 2014 Lefevre, M.‘Someone to talk to’: safeguarding in schools through everyday contact.  European Social Work Research Conference, Bolzano, Italy.

 

Webinars

6th August 2019 'Child Sexual Exploitation: a rights and relationship-based approach'. Webinar for BASW (British Association of Social Workers).

5th February 2019 'Communicating and Engaging with children in home visits: what can be learned from looking closely at practice?' Webinar for BASW (British Association of Social Workers).

 

Recent UK Conference papers

2014    ‘Developing a picture of the social work academic workforce’, with H. McLaughlin and B. Teater. Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC), Egham, Surrey.

2014   ‘Exploring the potential of psycho-social research: what happens when we look beneath the surface?’, with G. Ruch, A. Cooper, H. Hingley Jones, and D. Turner. Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC), Egham, Surrey.

2013 Improving social workers’ communication with children: developing the qualifying curriculum. Joint Social Work Education Conference (JSWEC), Egham, Surrey.