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Lisa Hackett

Lisa has worked in in a variety of roles in the social work sector. This includes roles at residential children’s homes, the youth offending service, managing an outreach service for Women’s Aid, and managing a private fostering agency. She also worked as a social worker with an emergency duty social work team responding to out of hours’ child protection referrals and Mental Health Act requests.

Prior to joining Frontline in 2016 Lisa was Head of Social Work and Youth and Community Development at De Montfort University. She also spent time as Head of Criminology at the university which encompassed policing, probation and a large criminology undergraduate degree. In addition, Lisa spent two years at Leicester University lecturing on the MA in Social Work programme.

Research interests

Parental mental ill health, personality disorder, young people and the criminal justice system and leadership in social work.


MA DipSW Social Work, PGCert Approved Mental Health Practice (AMHP), BA (hons) Women’s Studies and Psychology, Foundation certificate in Systemic Family Therapy

Selected publications

Hackett, L. (2015) Working with Women and Mother’s Experiencing Mental Distress. In: Baldwin, L. (ed) Mothering Justice; Working with Mothers in Criminal and Social Justice Settings; Waterside Press; pp 43-62.

Conference Presentations

‘Healthy Scepticism in Assessments’, West Midlands Principal Social Worker Conference (June 2017)


Lisa has taught modules on Human Growth and Development, Young People and the Criminal Justice System, Constructing and De-Constructing Mental Health, the Developing Professional Practitioner and Values and Ethics in Social work. Lisa is keen for social workers to consider how they use and position their understanding of ‘self’ to interact and work with children, families and adults.

Location: London

1 Rosebery Avenue,