Professor David Shemmings is Professor of Child Protection Research at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research and Co-Director of the university's new Centre for Child Protection. His interest, experience and expertise are in child protection.
He will provide teachers with insight into childhood attachment, trauma as well as practical advice for working with young people.
David was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June 2014 for 'Services to Child Protection'. He is also a visiting Professor of Child Protection Research at Royal Holloway College, University of London. Prior to coming to Kent in 2007, David was Professor of Social Work Research at Middlesex University.
Author of more than 60 articles, books and chapters on relationally-based social work theory, research and practice. In 2010 David co-authored a government-funded, C4EO Knowledge Review on Working with Highly Resistant Families.
Currently he leads the Advanced Child Protection stream within the West London Alliance Post-qualifying Initiative (involving eight London boroughs) and also directs the Attachment and Relationship-based Practice training in 40 child protection organisations across the UK and Europe.