Dr Alice Loving
Alice is the curriculum lead for the parenting curriculum delivered by Frontline. She also works independently completing assessment and intervention work for local authority child protection teams and has ten years’ experience working in this field. She completed her PhD within the social work department at Royal Holloway University. Alice’s PhD focussed on exploring influencing factors on the outcomes of parent-child intervention in social work, with a particular interest in the impact of childhood trauma on parenting capacity. Alice is an honorary lecturer for the Centre for Child Protection at Kent University. Alice is also an associate for Research in Practice.
Attachment, trauma, mentalization, parent and social worker relationships
Loving, A., & Shemmings, D. (in press). Working with cases of neglect and emotional abuse. Child Welfare. Australia: The University of New South Wales.
Cook, A.( 2014) Exploring mechanisms of maltreatment in a family, in D. Shemmings & Y. Shemmings, (eds) Assessing Disorganized Attachment Behaviour in Children: An Evidenced Based Model for understanding and Supporting Families. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, pp. 67-76.
Cook A. (2012) Combating neglect using the principles of attachment theory. Children England Quarterly Journal, 51, 8-9.
Shemmings, D., Shemmings, Y. & COOK, A. (2012) Gaining the trust of highly resistant families: insights from attachment theory and research. Child & Family Social Work, 17(2), pp. 130-137.
Additional Articles available online from Community Care Inform:
Cook, A. (2015) Case study: Concerns about a child who is significantly developmentally delayed.
Cook, A. (2015) Quick guide: Using attachment theory in evidence for court.
Cook, A. (2015) Assessing attachment in parents and carers
Cook, A. (2015) Attachment and social work interventions
Community Care Live
TACT (The Adolescent and Children’s Trust) Annual Conference
The Children England Annual conference
The NHS Health Safeguarding Child Protection Update
The NHS Safeguarding Looked After Children Conference
The 10th Annual NHS Lothian Child Protection Conference
Thurrock Councils Annual Safeguarding Conference
Honorary lecturer for the Centre for Child Protection at Kent University.
Alice delivers training independently on attachment and relationship based practice to local authority social workers, contact supervisors, CAFCASS and foster carers.
PhD – Social Work Department Royal Holloway
41 Brunswick Square
Meet the rest of my team
Charlie is the curriculum lead for motivational interviewing on the Frontline programme.
Dr Alice Loving
Alice is the curriculum lead for the parenting curriculum delivered by Frontline.
Brittany is a practice development lead for social work on the Frontline programme.
Harriet is a practice development lead for social work on the Frontline programme.
Alexandra is curriculum lead for year two of the Frontline programme and consultant social workers.
Professor David Shemmings OBE
David is an expert in residence for the Frontline programme.