Professor Judith Harwin


Lancaster University


Judith Harwin is a Professor in Socio-Legal Studies at Lancaster University and co-directs its Centre for Child and Family Justice Research.  Her research interests are in child protection, outcomes for children in public care, parental substance misuse, and the interface between law, policy, research, and practice.   

Her recent work on special guardianship includes a national longitudinal study of supervision orders and special guardianship and a rapid evidence review of special guardianship. Most recently, together with Kinship and CoramBAAF she has completed two films funded by the ESRC with an accompanying resource pack.

Judith was a member of the Department for Education’s 2015 Review of Special Guardianship and contributed to the Public Law Working Group Report and Best Practice Guidance on Special Guardianship. She serves on the CoramBAAF Research Advisory Group.  

She is currently undertaking research for the DfE on the views and experiences of parents with children subject to supervision orders and children who are placed on care orders with their birth parents. This project is part of a major national review of court ordered family reunification that is being undertaken by the Public Law Working Group, authorised by the President of the Family Division.

Judith led the evaluations of the London Family Drug and Alcohol Court for the Nuffield Foundation and the DfE Children’s Social Care Innovation Fund and is a consultant to the national evaluation of FDACs funded through the Supporting Families: Investing in Practice Programme.

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