Biography

Christine Cocker is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work, She joined the Department in September 2013. Prior to this she worked at Middlesex University for 10 years. Christine is a registered social worker (she completed her social work training in New Zealand in the 1980's) and has over 25 years experience as a social worker and manager in child and family social work in Local Authorities and voluntary sector organisations in the UK. Christine maintains strong links in practice as she is currently an independent member of a Local Authority adoption panel. Christine researches and writes about lesbian and gay fostering and adoption and social work with looked after children.

Publications:

Authored Books:

Hafford-Letchfield P, Lambley S, Spolander G, Cocker C (2014) Inclusive Leadership: Managing To Make A Difference In Social Work And Social Care.  Bristol, Policy Press

Cocker, C. and Allain, L. (2013) Social Work with Looked After Children (2nd edition) Exeter, Learning Matters

Brown H C and Cocker C (2011) Social Work with Lesbians and Gay Men London, Sage

Cocker, C. and Allain, L. (2008) Social Work with Looked After Children Exeter, Learning Matters

Edited Books:

Cocker C and Hafford-Letchfield P (eds) (2014) Rethinking anti-discriminatory and anti oppressive theories for social work practice, Basingstoke, Palgrave

Cocker C and Allain L (eds) (2011) Advanced Social Work with Children and Families (Post Qualifying Social Work Practice) Exeter, Learning Matters

Journal Articles:

Hafford Letchfield T, Cocker C, Ryan P and Melonowska J (2016) Rights through alliances: Findings from a European project tackling homophobic bullying in schools through the engagement of families and young people. British Journal of Social Work 46(8), pp 2338-2356

Cocker C and Hafford Letchfield T (2010) ‘Critical Commentary:Out and Proud? Social Work's relationship with Lesbian and Gay Equality’ British Journal of Social Work 40(6), pp1996-2008

Cocker C and Brown H C (2010) ‘Sex, Sexuality and Relationships’ Adoption and Fostering 34(1), pp20-32

Forrester, D., Goodman, K., Cocker, C., Binnie, C., and Jensch, G. (2009) ‘What is the impact of public care in children’s welfare? A review of research findings and their policy implications’ Journal of Social Policy Volume 38, Issue 03, July 2009, pp 439-456

Brown H.C. and Cocker C. (2008) ‘Lesbian and gay fostering and adoption: out of the closet into the mainstreamAdoption and Fostering 32(4), pp19-30

Dugmore, P and Cocker C (2008) Social and Attitudinal Changes: An Exploration of Lesbian and Gay Issues in a Training Programme for Social Workers in Fostering and Adoption Social Work Education 27(2) pp159-168

Cocker, C. and Dugmore, P. (2006) ‘A Day of Change’ in Community Care, 16-22 November 2006

Cocker, C. and Scott, S. (2006) ‘Improving the mental and emotional well-being of looked after children: Connecting research, policy and practice’ in Journal of the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health January 1 2006, Volume 126, No. 1 18-23

Cocker, C. (2004) ‘An examination of current specialist mental health projects for looked after children within England’ in International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, Vol. 7 (2-3) September 2004 134-15

Cocker, C. and Grietens, H. (2004) ‘Mental Health of Children in Public Care:  European Perspectives (I): Editors Note’ in International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, Vol. 7 (2-3) September 2004 82-85

Book Chapters:

Cocker C (2015) 'Social work and adoption: The impact of civil partnership and same sex marriage. In N Barker and D Monk (eds) From Civil Partnership to Same Sex Marriage: Interdisciplinary Reflections. Abingdon, Routledge. pp97-114

Cocker C (2011) ‘Sexuality Before Ability? The Assessment of Lesbians as Adopters’ in T Hafford-Letchfield and P Dunk Sexual Identities And Sexuality In Social Work: Research And Reflections From Women In The Field London, Ashgate

Cocker C and Anderson J (2011) ‘Adoption’ in C Cocker and L Allain (eds) Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families  Exeter, Learning Matters

Allain L, Cocker C with Hinds O, Naluwaga E and Babondock A (2011) ‘What’s Important for Looked After Children? The Views of Young People Leaving Care’ in C Cocker and L Allain (eds) Advanced Social Work Practice with Children and Families  Exeter, Learning Matters

Jeyarajah Dent, R. and Cocker, C. (2005) ‘Serious Case Reviews - Lessons For Practice In Cases Of Child Neglect’ in Daniel, B. Taylor, J. (eds) (2005) ‘Neglect: Issues For Health And Social Care’ Jessica Kingsley, UK

Cocker, C. (2005) ‘Child Maltreatment: Learning from Tragedy - Lessons from Child Deaths’ in Grietens, H. et al. (eds) In the best interests of children and youth. International perspectives. Leuven: Leuven University Press .

Book Reviews:

Cocker C (2009) ‘Costs and Consequences of Placing Children in Care, Harriet Ward, Lisa Holmes and Jean Soper, London, Jessica Kingsley, 2008, pp. 288, ISBN 978 1 84310 273 1 (hb),£39.99’  British Journal of Social Work  39(6), pp1176-1178

Cocker C (2011) 'Improving Outcomes for Children and Families: Finding and Using International Evidence. Anthony N Maluccio, Cinzia Canali, Tizian Vecchiato, Anita Lightburn, Jane Aldgate and Wendy Rose,(eds) Jessica Kingsley, 2011, pp240 , ISBN 978 1 84905 819 3 (hb), £60' British Journal of Social Work 41(4), pp802-805

All Publications

Hafford-Letchfield, T., Cocker, C., Ryan, P., Martin, M., Scott, R., Carr, S.

(2018)

Combatting homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools through family engagement: A practice example from the RAINBOW HAS UK project ,

in Sexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care: A Lifecourse Epistemology. .

Routledge

ISBN 9781138225879

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Hafford-Letchfield, T., Cocker, C., Ryan, P., Melonowska, J.

(2016)

Rights through alliances: Findings from a European project tackling homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools through the engagement of families and young people,

in British Journal of Social Work

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pp. 2338-2356

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Cocker, C.

(2015)

Social work and adoption: The impact of civil partnership and same sex marriage,

in From Civil Partnership to Same Sex Marriage : Interdisciplinary Reflections.

Routledge

pp. 97-114

ISBN 9781138797536, 9781138855984

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Cocker, C., Hafford-Letchfield, T.

(2014)

Rethinking Anti Oppressive and Anti Discriminatory Theories in Social Work Practice,

Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 9781137023971

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Hafford-Letchfield, T., Cocker, C., Ryan, P.

(2013)

Biblio-sitography of the UK context rights through alliances: innovating and networking both within homes and schools,

in Rights through alliances: innovating and networking both within homes and schools..

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Key Research Interests

My research and publications are predominantly in the area of social work with looked after children, child protection, and lesbian and gay fostering and adoption. I am particularly interested in the mental health of looked after children and am currently completing my PhD in this area.

Current and recently completed research projects: External funding

Investigation of the experiences & identity development of LGBT young people in care & the support they receive (2014-2016)

2012-2014: EU PROJECT:RAINBOW HAS Rights through Alliances: Innovating and networking both Within Homes And Schools. Senior researcher on this project which is investigating homophobia within schools across Europe.  Middlesex University is the lead University in England and UEA is an Associate Partner.

2007-2008  Evaluation of ‘Option 2’ for the Welsh Assembly (with Brunel University and Birmingham University) (£2000 to Middlesex University): an evaluation of the ‘Option 2’ service in Cardiff, which provides brief and intensive interventions for families in which there is a risk that a child may enter care or the child’s name may be placed on the child protection register.

2001-2003:  PI for a European Union funded research project, 'Mental health of children in care', examining the mental health of children in state care across three EU countries; UK, Belgium (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Greece (Institute of Child Health).  This has involved research in the 3 partner countries.  The UK research saw NCH - The Bridge collaborate with Barnardos in examining what works regarding practice in this area. 

Research Project Publications:

Hafford-Letchfield T, Cocker C, Ryan P. (2013) Biblio-sitography of the UK context: Rights Through Alliances: Innovating and networking Both Within Homes and Schools. Available at www.rainbowhas.eu 

Forrester, D., Pokhrel, S., McDonald, L., Goodman, K., Cocker, C., Copello, A., Binnie, C., Waissbein, C. and Giannou, D. (2007) Final Report on the Evaluation of “Option 2”: Prepared for the Welsh Assembly Submitted by a Brunel and Birmingham University consortia.

Cocker, C., Scott, S., Turner, C. (2003) A Drop in the Ocean: An Examination of Current Specialist Mental Health Projects for ‘looked after’ children within England’ Submitted in partial fulfilment of the collaboration as partners in the European Community funded project “Mental health of children in care”, co-ordinated by NCH - The Bridge Child Care Development Service, London, United Kingdom. Barnardo’s UK Research and Development Team, Barking, Essex

University CETL funding (Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning):

2009: Sexuality before Ability? The Assessment of Lesbians as Adopters:  A  qualitative research project, looking at the particular issues and challenges adoption assessments raise from the perspective of those lesbians who put themselves forward for an adoption assessment.

2006 - 2007: A useful way to change attitudes? Evaluating a series of one day training courses for social workers on lesbian and gay issues in fostering and adoption: The evaluation considered whether one day courses were an effective vehicle for achieving change in attitudes, acquiring knowledge and developing skills in working with lesbian and gay issues in fostering and adoption.

Research Project Publications:

Cocker C (2011) ‘Sexuality Before Ability? The Assessment of Lesbians as Adopters’ in T Hafford-Letchfield and P Dunk Sexual Identities And Sexuality In Social Work: Research And Reflections From Women In The Field London, Ashgate

Dugmore, P and Cocker C (2008) Social and Attitudinal Changes: An Exploration of Lesbian and Gay Issues in a Training Programme for Social Workers in Fostering and Adoption Social Work Education 27(2) pp159-168

Cocker, C. and Dugmore, P. (2006) ‘A Day of Change’ in Community Care, 16-22 November 2006

Teaching Interests

Social Work Qualifying Programmes

BA

Introduction to the Social Sciences for Social Work

Workiong with Service Users I (Children and Families)

Child Protection Skills Days (BA year 3)

MA

Working with Service Users I (Children and Families)

Child Protection Skills Days (MA year 2)

Continuing Professional Development

Intervention and Skills in Child and Family Social Work

Practice Education