My professional background spans 29 years and I have obtained experience practicing as a nurse, midwife, health visitor and child protection advisor and lecturer in nursing. In particular, I have substantial professional experience working with and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of children and families underpinned with an MSc in Nursing and Applied Education. For my Masters dissertation I carried out a research study to explore the role of the school nurse in child protection. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I joined the University of Stirling as a fulltime permanent Lecturer with a focus on the Early Years at the beginning of December 2014. I contribute mainly to the delivery of the new Health Visiting Programme; however I am also involved in teaching on the undergraduate programme.
I have recently commenced a part time PhD within the School of Health Sciences.
My research interests are in the field of vulnerable children and child protection. I am particularly interested in interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people and the role of the school nurse.
Hackett A (2010) Book review of: Good Practice in Safeguarding Children: Working Effectively in Child Protection edited by Liz Hughes and Hilary Owen, London, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009. 288pp. ISBN 978143109457, Child Abuse Review, 19 (1), pp. 71-73.