Fran Feeley

Fran is a practice tutor for the London region. has over ten years’ experience working as a social worker with high risk and complex child protection cases. This includes working with families in care proceedings, when children are either on the edge of care or have been removed and their parents are seeking to resume their care. This has involved working with a number of local authorities across London to help make decisions regarding children’s permanency. More recently she worked at the Family Drug and Alcohol court.

Fran is particularly interested in working systemically with families. Through her experience and studies, she has developed a high level of understanding of systemic approaches and applies them to her practice. She also has a good understanding of a range of other social work approaches including mentalization-based techniques, motivational interviewing and solution-focussed approaches.

She has extensive knowledge of current social work legislation, principles, techniques and theoretical frameworks and their application to complex case work. Fran’s social work practice is driven by a belief in capacity for change and the importance of collaborative, transparent and relational-based working. As an experienced practitioner, she is passionate about supporting the new generation of social workers and always seeks to model best practice.

Research interests
Infant mental health – video interaction guidance, applying systemic thinking to social work practice, attachment and trauma informed practice, direct work with children.
Selected publications

F. Feeley, Exploring A child’s Inner World’ in Understanding Disorganized Attachment: Theory and Practice for Working with Children and Adults By David Shemmings and Yvonne Shemmings, London: Jessica Kingsley, 2011.

Shaw,. M & Bailey, S. (2018) Justice for Children and Families: A Developmental Perspective – Why video interaction guidance in the family drug and alcohol court? Hilary Kennedy, Fran Feeley and Sophie Kershaw – Chapter 10.

Tools social workers can use to talk to children – 2011 – Community Care.


BA Media & Cultural Studies

MA Social Work

PG Dip in Practice Education

Postgraduate Diploma in Systemic work with individuals and families (Intermediate Level)

Video Interaction Guidance Practitioner (Level 3)

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education 2018 – PGCtHE – University of Bedfordshire

Fran has worked as an honorary lecturer at the University of Kent, presenting a lecture for the online MA in Advanced Child Protection on direct work with children as well as delivering a lecture on ‘Groupwork’ at Brunel University.

Location: London

Coram Campus
41 Brunswick Square