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About Leslie Hicks

Leslie is a Reader in the School of Health and Social Care.  She came to academic life after working in the field of residential child care. She has longstanding teaching and research interests in the areas of services for children and young people, child protection and the social inclusion of children and young people. Much of Leslie’s work is underpinned by an interest in organisational dynamics. She is committed to the use of research in teaching and in practice-based settings. Leslie has worked extensively with many organisations to assist them in carrying out their own research and in devising dissemination and utilisation programmes.

Department Responsibilities

School of Health and Social Care Ethics Committee, Chair School of Health and Social Care Postgraduate Progress Committee, member School of Health and Social Care Leadership Group, member College of Social Science Research and Enterprise Committee, member College of Social Science Ethics Committee, member Leslie teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-qualifying levels, mainly in the areas of research methods and research-informed practice, child and adolescent well-being, and leadership and management. Current co-ordination responsibilities include the following modules: Critical Perspectives on Social Work (Erasmus Mundus MA Advanced Social Work); Safeguarding: Research Informed Practice (MSc Social Work); Research, Social Work and Practice (BSc Social Work)

Subject Specialism

child and adolescent welfare; research dissemination and utilisation; social inclusion; research methods


  • BSc (Hons) Sociology and Education (York)
  • DPhil (York)


Associate Editor, Child and Family Social Work Guest Editor, Scottish Journal of Residential Child Care Reviewer: Aging and Mental Health, Ageing and Society, British Journal of Social Work, Child and Family Social Work, Social Policy and Society, Quality in Primary Care ESRC Peer Review College, member University Research Ethics Committees Forum, member JUC-SWEC Research sub-committee, member

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Research Interests

  • child and adolescent welfare

  • looked after children

  • residential child care

  • leaving care services

Research Projects

  • Hicks, L. (PI) ‘An evaluation of the Getting Ready project’.   Part of a National Care Advisory Service/Catch22 practice intervention for young people leaving care. — Department for Education in 2013
  • Hicks, L. (PI), Adiseshiah, S., Bell, E., Coley, R., Dagg, J., Gray, A., Kearns, J., O’Meara, A., and Winn, J. ‘Telling Our Stories’ . — Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities research programme in 2013
  • Hicks, L. (PI), Adiseshiah, S., Bell, E., Dagg, J., Gray, A., Kearns, J., O’Meara, A., Piggott, D. and Winn, J. ‘Looking back for the Future: the value of the past in developing the lives of young — Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities research programme in 2012
  • Hicks, L. (PI), Bayliss, K., Dagg, J., Fisher, N., Brown, K., and Hunter, K.  ‘What factors enable or hinder students’ research engaged learning in Practice Learning Opportunity 1 (PLO1)?’ — University of Lincoln, Fund for Educational Development in 2011
  • Hicks, L. (PI), Simpson, D., Mathews, I., Crawford, K. and Koorts, H. with Cooper, K. ‘Communities in care: a scoping review to establish the relationship of community to the lives of looked after c — Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities research programme in 2011
  • Hicks, L. (PI) and Flynn, H. ‘Adolescent neglect: research implementation programme’, local authority practice development programme partnership. — College of Social Science Research Fund, University of Lincoln in 2010
  • Stein, M. (PI), Hicks, L., Rees, G. and Gorin, S. ‘Neglected Adolescents: a review of the research and the preparation of guidance for multi-disciplinary teams and a guide for young people’. — DoH/DCSF ‘Safeguarding Children research initiative’ in 2006
  • Hicks, L. (PI) ‘Evaluation of Sure Start Local Programme’, three year local evaluation. — Sure Start Elland and Calderdale Primary Care Trust in 2004
  • Croucher, K. (PI) and Hicks, L. ‘A Comparative Study of Housing and Care Models for Later Life’. — Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2003
  • Coles, B. (PI), Hicks, L. and Britton, L. ‘An Evaluation of Interagency Working within Connexions’. — Joseph Rowntree Foundation in 2002
  • Hicks, L. (PI), Gibbs, I., Byford, S. and Weatherly, H. ‘Leadership, Resources and Efficiency in Children’s Homes’. — Department of Health research initiative ‘Costs and Effectiveness of Services for Children in Need in 2001
  • Sinclair, I. (PI), Gibbs, I. and Hicks. L., ‘The Management and Effectiveness of the Home Care Service’. — Department of Health, ‘Outcomes of Social Care for Adults’ research initiative in 1998
  • Archer, L., Hicks, L. (co-PIs) Research overview ‘Caring for Children Away from Home: Messages from Research’ — Department of Health in 1998
  • Stein, M. (PI), Koprowska, J. and Hicks, L. ‘The Teaching and Learning of Interviewing Skills’ practice development project. — Higher Education Funding Council for England. in 1997
  • Archer, L. and Hicks, L. (co-PIs), follow-on dissemination project, ‘Implementing the Prevailing Cultures and Staff Dynamics in Children’s Homes project’ — Department of Health in 1996
  • Whitaker, D., Archer, L. (co-PIs) and Hicks, L., ‘The Prevailing Cultures and Staff Dynamics in Children’s Homes’, ‘Children’s Residential Care’ research initiative. — Department of Health in 1992

Research in the Lincoln Repository


External examiner: Strathclyde University; Wrexham Glyndwr University