Lisa Hackett

Lisa is our chief social worker, who joined Frontline in 2016. She is a registered social worker, leader and educator with over 24 years’ experience of direct work with children and adults in the statutory, private, charitable and academic sectors. She has worked in child protection, adult mental health, fostering, the youth offending service, Women’s Aid and residential social work. She has held positions as a senior lecturer in social work (Leicester university 2010–2012), Head of Community and Criminal Justice (De Montfort University 2012–2015) and Head of Social Work and Youth and Community Development (De Montfort University 2015–2016). Where and when possible, Lisa continues to try and engage in practice, specifically in the field of mental health.

Research interests

Parental mental health (understandings and impacts of)

Young people and crime

Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic people in contact with public services (perceptions, racism and othering)

Selected publications

Working with women and mothers experiencing mental distress – creating a safe place for constructive conversations in Baldwin (2015), Mothering Justice: Waterside Press

Conference Presentations

West Midlands Principal Social Work Conference (2017)


Lisa has taught and led on the following modules:

Human growth and development

Interprofessional education

Young people and the criminal justice system

The developing social work practitioner

Children and families law

Mental health and policing

Crime and late modernity

Social work skills and values

Social work theories and models

She has supervised over 50 post and undergraduate social work, policing and criminology dissertations.


Post Graduate Diploma, Adult Mental Health Practitioner Award (Birmingham University 2008)

Foundation Certificate in Family Therapy (Derby University 2000)

MA in Social work (Leicester University 1998)

BA Hons degree (University Central Lancashire 1994)

Location: London

Coram Campus
41 Brunswick Square