Lee Sobo-Allen, Senior Lecturer

Lee Sobo-Allen

Senior Lecturer

Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work with previous experience as a qualified social worker in child protection, children with disabilities and adults with learning disabilities. His research interests includes social work engagement with fathers. He is also a registered social worker with Social Work England, has been a Fellow (FHEA) of the Higher Education Academy since 2011, and in 2021 took on the role of a Associate Editor for the Child Abuse Review. He is also involved with the Child Protection Professionals podcast.

After qualifying as a social worker at the University of Manchester in 1998, Lee worked in the areas of child protection, children with disabilities and adults with learning disabilities. It was during this time that he developed an interest in, and knowledge of, the need to engage with fathers in childcare social work as both a risk and a resource. This interest has continued in his studies, and in his teaching in social work education at a number of universities. Through an MA Child Care Law and Practice, Lee was able to explore the socio-legal context of this engagement. Recently he completed a MA Social Research at the University of Leeds and then enrolled as a part time PhD where he is currently exploring the engagement of non-resident fathers by social workers as potential alternative carers for their children. Lee also specializes in the teaching of all aspects of social work law with a particular specialism in child care legislation.

Qualifications:

  • MA Social Research - The University of Leeds, 2012-14
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Development (Teaching Qualification - Higher Education) - The University of Huddersfield, 2009-10
  • MA Child Care Law and Practice - Keele University, 2007-09
  • Diploma in Social Work - University of Manchester, 1996-98
  • BA (Hons) Social Work and Social Policy - University of Hull, 1991-94
  • BTEC HND Business and Finance - Gwent College of Higher Education, 1988-89 

Current Teaching

  • BA Social Work
  • MA Social Work
  • BA Social Care Justice and Recovery

Research Interests

  • Fathers and Child Protection
  • Gender and Masculinity

Lee Sobo-Allen, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Equality and inclusion
  2. Children
  3. Ethics
  4. Gender
  5. Law
  6. Masculinity
  7. Social work

Selected Outputs

  • Sobo-Allen L (2019) The last resort? Initial findings of a PhD study exploring the circumstances, and motivations, of non- resident fathers taking on the full time care of their children though the involvement of social services. In: Joint Social Work Education and Research Conference 2019, 9 September 2019 - 10 September 2019, The University of Manchester.

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  • Sobo-Allen L (2019) Who me? Initial findings of a study exploring the circumstances and motivations of non- resident fathers taking on the full time care of their children. In: Conference for doctoral students and early career researchers in social work, 21 September 2019, Cardiff University.

  • Sobo-Allen LS (2016) Child Protection, Children and Their Non-Resident Fathers: An Exploratory Study Into the Expectations and Motivations of Social Workers and Non-Resident Fathers in Seeking Alternative Family Placements. Queens University, Belfast.

  • Sobo-Allen LS (2016) Child Protection, Children and their non-resident fathers: A study into social worker’s expectations and motivations for considering non-resident fathers as potential alternative carers for their children. In: Engaging Dads in Assessment, 15 January 2016, The University of Huddersfield.

  • Sobo-Allen LS (2015) Child Protection, Children and their Non-Resident Fathers: A Study into the Expectations and Motivations of Non-Resident Father in Engaging with Social Services. In: Sixth Annual Regional Social Work PhD Summer Seminar, 8 July 2015, The University of Leeds.

  • Sobo-Allen LS (2015) Child Protection, Children and their Non-Resident Fathers: A Study into the Expectations and Motivations of Non-Resident Father in Engaging with Social Services. In: One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare, 10 June 2015 - 12 June 2015, University of Pennsylvania.

  • Sobo-Allen LS (2015) Child Protection, Children and their non-resident fathers: A study into social worker’s expectations and motivations for considering non-resident fathers as potential alternative carers for their children. In: Wales and South West England Social work Doctoral Conference, 16 March 2015, Cardiff University.

  • Sobo-Allen LS (2013) How are biological non-resident fathers characterised and constructed within Child Protection Social Work Discourse, and how may this impact upon their inclusion or exclusion by social workers where concerns about the care of their child/ren have been raised. In: Children and Childhoods Conference 2013, 8 July 2013, University Campus Suffolk.

  • Sobo-Allen L (2012) How are biological non-resident fathers characterised and constructed within Child Protection Social Work Discourse?. In: Annual Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, 30 May 2012, IOCSS at University of Sheffield.

  • Sobo-Allen L; Preston-Shoot M; Braye S; Blencowe J; Tedam P (2010) Building Collaborative Capacity for Social Work Law E Learning in the Social Work Curriculum. In: JSWEC: 12th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference and 4th Social Work Research Conference, 30 June 2010 - 2 July 2010, University of Hertfordshire.

  • Sobo-Allen L; Howarth S (2020) Social Work with single and non-resident fathers: How inclusive is our practice and where do we go from here?. In: Nikku B ed. Global Social Work Cutting Edge Issues and Critical Reflections. IntechOpen, pp. 163-182.

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