Louise Oliver

Dr Louise Oliver

  • Senior Lecturer in Social Work
  • Bournemouth Gateway Building BG501, St Pauls Lane, Bournemouth, BH8 8GP
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I am a lecturer with the social work team. I teach on both the qualifying and post-qualifying programmes. I am also, a qualified social worker who has predominantly worked in children's and families within local authorities. My interests are in family violence and abuse, particularly domestic violence, child-to-parent violence and abuse, familial problematic communication, with a focus upon secrets and secrecy. As well social work practice education, with a focus upon innovative pedagogical teaching tools and also critical reflection.


16 Days of Activism: Oranging week - engaging the public in VAWG

Journal Articles



  • Harvey, O., 2023. Working with Substance Use. In: Oliver, L. and Lee, S., eds. Social Work Practice with Adults. Learning Matters.
  • Lyne, M., 2023. Working with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. In: Lee, S. and Oliver, L., eds. Social work practice with adults: learning from lived experience. London: Learning Matters, 62-72.
  • Oliver, L. and Lee, S., 2020. Working With Disabled Children and Young People. In: Parker, J. and Ashencaen Crabtree, S., eds. Human Growth and Development in Children and Young People Theoretical and Practice Perspectives. Policy Press.


Internet Publications



PhD Students

  • Adele McMahon. Experience of Adolescent Parents in the Child Protection System

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Previous Unit: Working with Risk and Complexity in Social Work
  • Previous Units: Law, Social Policy, Values and Ethics in Social Work
  • Social Work Practice Education: Enabling Work Based Learning
  • Social Work in Practice Education: Supervising a Learner in Practice
  • Parenting Capacity (Social Work Children and Families)
  • The Childs Journey (Social Work Children and Families)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Working with Risk and Complexity in Social Work
  • Previous Unit: Critical Literature Review
  • Previous Unit: Working with Children and Families
  • Research for Professional Practice (unit tutor)


  • Development of a new perpetrator behaviour change programme for domestic abuse (Safer BCP Partnership: Vision Small Project Fund, 08 May 2024). Awarded
  • Pilot Study: Investigating social care and criminal justice professionals who have been/are victims/survivors of domestic abuse and their experiences of support in the County of Dorset (Bournemouth University Pump Priming, 01 Feb 2024). Awarded
  • Using Game-based learning and Gamification to develop reflective practice in social work students and practitioners (BU ACORN Funding, 31 May 2021). Awarded

Internal Responsibilities

  • Programme Lead for PG Dip and MA in social work (children and families), Social Work
  • Year Lead for PG Dip and MA Social Work (children and families), Social Work Masters

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Social Work Week 2024 (20 Mar 2024)
  • Violence Against Women and Girls: Summit (call for action) (06 Mar 2024)
  • Violence Against Women and Girls Presentation (15 Jan 2024)
  • Gaia: Lessons for the Future (05 Dec 2023)
  • Child and Adolescent to parent violence and abuse: focusing on wellbeing (23 Nov 2023)
  • Violence Against Women and Girls: Social Justice in Action (29 Jun 2023)
  • Poetry (Haiku) and Critical Reflection (21 Mar 2023)

Conference Presentations

  • Developing Inclusive Practice Education, 03 Jul 2024, Bournemouth University
  • Cornwall Council’s Annual Children and Families Social Work Conference, Use of Haikus for Critical Reflection on Practice, 19 Mar 2024, Cornwall
  • National Children and Adult Services Conference 2023, Presentation title: Challenging Culture: Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), 29 Nov 2023, Bournemouth
  • The Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference, Using poetry (Haikus) to enhance critical reflection, 15 Jun 2023, Glasgow UK
  • British Sociological Societies Auto/biography Christmas conference., “it’s not research, it’s just stories: An exploration into the triumphs and challenges of biographic research’. [film], 14 Dec 2018, London
  • BSA A/B Group: Past and Present Lives, ‘Auto/biography: A short film: “It’s not research, it’s just stories”: an exploration into the challenges and triumphs of biographic research’, 07 Dec 2018, Friends House, London, UK
  • BSA Auto-Biographical Study Group Summer Conference, Using the familiar to understand the unfamiliar., 19 Jul 2018, Oxford University

Attended Training

  • Phoenix Training


  • PhD in Child-to-parent violence and abuse (Bournemouth University, 2018)
  • PG Diploma in Social Work (Step Up To Social Work (BU), 2017)
  • MA in Practice Development (Bournemouth University, 2010)


  • Associate Supervisor Award (UK Council for Graduate Education, 2023)


  • HEA, Senior Fellow,

External Media and Press

Broadcast Interview

  • BBC Dorset, Violence Against Women and Girls, Harris, S, 11 Mar 2024
  • BBC Solent, Violence Against Women and Girls, Newman, A, 11 Mar 2024