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Dr Dan Allen

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN SOCIAL WORK
Social Work
0151 291 3559 .
allend@hope.ac.uk

I am a social work academic with over 20 years experience working to democratise child protection practice with Romani and Traveller families. I have published widely on this topic and presented my research on child protection practice with Romani and Traveller families at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, the House of Lords, and the Welsh Assembly.

In 2017, I took a short break from academia when I was appointed as the Head of Research for the Disclosure and Barring Service, a non-departmental public body of the Home Office. During this appointment, I worked closely with Her Majesty's Treasury and the Cabinet Office to provide original, significant, and rigorous research.

Returning to social work education in 2019, I have been able to apply my knowledge of working within the Home Office to pursue opportunities in both research and teaching that examines, investigates, and debates the human, social, economic, and financial impact of public protection.

I am particularly interested in examining the intersection of power relations, prejudice and reflexivity, and the impact of governmentality, subjectivities, and ethics on the translational positionality of professional conduct. Developing a perspective that combines concepts of eco-social justice and structural social work, I seek to critically examine discursive mechanisms and questions of why, how and so what in the context of dominant discourses affecting regimes of practice at individual, cultural and societal levels.

As a qualified social worker, I am registered with the professional regulatory body, Social Work England. I am an active member of the Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller Social Work Association and I am the Chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals 'Working Together to Safeguard Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children' Special Interest Group. 

In 2023, the paper Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in child welfare services in England written with a former dissertation student, Victoria Hamnett, won the annual 'Kay McDougall British Journal of Social Work Prize' for its breadth of scholarship, sophistication of theory, rigour, relevance and international appeal.


Selected Publications

Allen, D., & Hamnett, V. (2022). Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in child welfare services in England. The British Journal of Social Work, 52(7) 3904-3922.

Rogers, M., & Allen, D. (2021). An A-Z of Social Work Skills. London: SAGE

Allen, D., & Hulmes, A. (2021). Aversive Racism and Child Protection Practice with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children and Families. Seen and Heard, 31(2) 44-67. 

Allen. D., Dove, D., Hulmes, A., & Moloney-Neachtain, M. (2021) The Romani and Traveller perspective. In Tanya Moore and Glory Simango (Eds) The Anti-Racist Social Worker: stories of activism in social care and allied health professionals. St Albans: Critical Publishing, pp 61-75.

Allen, D., Heyes, K., Hothersall, G., O'Leary, C., Ozan, J., Mitchell-Smith, Z., & Szifris, K. (2020). Bristol City Council Staying Close Pilot. London: Department for Education.

Rogers, M., & Allen, D. (2019). Applying Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work. London: SAGE Publications Limited.

Allen, D., & Riding, S. (2018). The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children. Budapest: European Roma Rights Centre. 

Allen, D. (2018). A Romani and Traveller child's journey through alternative care. In D. Allen, M. Greenfields, D. Smiths (Eds.), Transnational Resilience and Change: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies of Survival and Adaptation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Allen, D. (2018). Marginality, Segregation or Cultural Resilience. In D. Allen, M. Greenfields, D. Smiths (Eds.), Transnational Resilience and Change Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies of Survival and Adaptation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Allen, D. (2018). Resilient cultural transmission in a Hostile State. In D. Allen, M. Greenfields, D. Smiths (Eds.), Transnational Resilience and Change Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Strategies of Survival and Adaptation. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Allen, D. (2017). Roma People: Are Discriminatory Attitudes Natural? In K. Bhatti-Sinclair, & C. Smethurst (Eds.), Diversity, Difference and Dilemmas: Analysing concepts and developing skills. (pp. 77-94). McGraw Hill.

Allen, D., & Cemlyn, S. (2016). Outreach: Care experiences amongst Gypsy/Traveller families. In Social Work in a Diverse Society Transformative Practice with Black and Minority Ethnic Individuals and Communities. Policy Press.

Allen, D. (2016). 'It's in their Culture': Working with automatic prejudice towards Gypsies, Roma and Travellers during care proceedings. Seen and Heard, 26(2), 40-52. 

Allen, D. (2015). Protecting the cultural identity of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children living in the public care system. Today's Children Tomorrow's Parents, (40-41), 122-139.

Allen, D. C., Baker, T., & Rootes, D. L. (2014). Becoming a Nursing and Social Work Student: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of Interprofessional Education. Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education, 4(1) 186-214.

Allen, D., Adams, P. (2013). Social Work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children. London: CoramBAAF.

Allen, D. (2013). Changing Relationships with the Self and Others: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of a Traveller and Gypsy life in public care. (PhD Thesis, De Montfort University).

Allen, D. (2012). 'Gypsies, Travellers and social policy: misconceptions and insignificance. In Richardson, J and Rider, S (Eds.) Gypsies and Travellers Empowerment and Inclusion in British Society. London: Policy Press