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Lee Sobo-Allen


About Lee Sobo-Allen

Senior Lecturer in Social Work with previous experience as a qualified social worker in child protection, children with disabilities and adults with learning disabilities. Research interests in social work engagement with fathers.

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.

Current Teaching

  • BA Social Work
  • MA Social Work
  • Social Work Law
  • Evidence Based Social Work
  • Social Research Methods

Research Interests

Lee's current research involves exploring the engagement and assessment of non-resident fathers by social workers as potential alternative carers for their children. The aims of the research is to inform future social work practice through developing a positive understanding of the dynamics, expectations and motivations of both social worker and fathers.

Selected Publications

Journal articles (1)

Conference contributions (7)

  • 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 The University of Huddersfield 20160115. : .
  • 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 The University of Leeds 20150708. : .
  • 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 University of Pennsylvania 20150610. : .
  • 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. Cardiff University 20150316. : .
  • 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 University Campus Suffolk 20130708. : .
  • Sobo-Allen L (2012) How are biological non-resident fathers characterised and constructed within Child Protection Social Work Discourse? IOCSS at University of Sheffield 20120530. : .
  • 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 University of Hertfordshire 20100630. : .
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