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Dr Dendy Platt

Dr Dendy Platt

Dr Dendy Platt
MA(Dund), DipSW(Glas), PGCE(Open), PhD(EAnglia)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work (Child Care)

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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+44 (0) 117 954 6725


Parents' capacities to change their behaviour in situations where the children may be at risk of harm.  Parental engagement with child welfare services.  Social Workers' assessments of children and their families.  Threshold decisions in child protective interventions

ESRC Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Scheme project, Sept 2014 - Sept 2015, grant no. ES/L001829/1, Assessing Parental Engagement and Capacity to Change.

Improving Reunification Practice, with Elaine Farmer, and NSPCC.  Funding - Department for Education.

Teaching responsibilities include child safeguarding, social work assessment of children and families, working in partnership with families, tutoring, dissertation supervision.


Dendy Platt is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, and Head of the Centre for Family Policy and Child Welfare.  He teaches mainly on the MSc in Social Work and the Post-qualifying Specialist Award programme in Social Work with Children and Young People.  He has worked as a social worker and team leader in local authority social services departments, as a community worker with Save the Children, and as a family centre manager with Barnardo's.  Prior to coming to Bristol he was a lecturer at Northumbria University.  He has undertaken research and writing on social work assessments and decision-making in relation to children and families, on family support and on social workers’ engagement with families.  He is currently working on an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Project developing materials for social workers assessing parental engagement and capacity to change in situations where there are child welfare concerns.


Child protection; Analysis and critical thinking; Assessment of children and families; Children and social policy; Child Care law.


  • Social workers' assessments of children and families
  • Parental engagement with social work services
  • social work education.



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