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Dr Gillian Schofield

Dr Gillian Schofield
Professor of Child and Family Social Work, University of East Anglia (UK)

Dr Gillian Schofield

PhD, UEA | Masters in Social Work Research, UEA | Master of Arts, UCLA | Postgraduate Certificate | Bachelor of Art | CQSW

Dr Gillian Schofield is Professor of Child and Family Social Work and Head of the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the United Kingdom. She was an experienced social worker before joining UEA in 1990. She teaches on the qualifying and post qualifying social work programmes and supervises PhD students. Her research and writing interests are in:

  • long term foster care
  • attachment
  • contact
  • youth and offending
  • care planning
  • LGBTIQ+ young people in care.

With Dr Mary Beek, she has developed the Secure Base Model, an attachment and resilience based framework for caregiving in foster care and adoption. Gillian has written extensively on practice including 2 books, both published by CoramBAAF:

  • The Secure Base Model: Promoting attachment and resilience in foster care and adoption
  • Promoting Attachment and Resilience: A Guide for Foster Carers and Adopters on using the Secure Base Model.