Dr Caroline Humphrey

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Faculty of Health Sciences


+44 (0) 1482 464653

Caroline is a child and family social worker who spent more than a decade in local authorities where she specialised in child protection, looked after children, fostering and adoption.

She then developed a career in research, with a particular focus upon ethnographic studies of civil rights movements and professional education.

Caroline is now primarily an educator for social work students and local authority practitioners, and she is keen to incorporate cultural awareness, mindfulness and compassion into professional practice.


Research Interests

  • Social work education and ethics
  • Cultural, religious and spiritual dimensions of practice
  • Mindfulness and compassion in the caring professions


'Western Buddhism and social work’, in the Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work, Routledge, 2017 (edited by Beth Crisp).

'Shadows along the spiritual pathway', Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 54 No. 6, 2015, pp. 2376-2388.

'Grand narratives of spirituality: some critical reflections', Journal for the Study of Spirituality, Vol. 5 No. 1, 2015. pp. 20-32.

'Face-to-face: social work and evil', Ethics and Social Welfare, 2014 [DOI: 10.1080/17496535.2014.968179]

'Evil, child abuse and the caring professions', Journal of Religion and Health, Vol 54 No 5, 2014, pp. 1660-1671.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Child Protection and Court Work
  • Social Work with Children and Families
  • Mindfulness and Compassion 

Research PhDs

Dr Humphrey welcomes applications in

  • Child and family social work
  • Professional education and ethics
  • Religion and spirituality in the caring professions

Completed PhDs

  • Cooper, K. (2012) Kinship Carer's Own Children: Revealing Multiple Perspectives on Children's Experience of Kinship Care Arrangements, University of Hull
  • Kahn, S, K. (2013) A Case study of Death and Bereavement arising from Political Violence in Nepal, University of Hull

Current PhD supervisions

  • Childhood neglect in the UK
  • Child abuse and child protection in West Africa
  • A case study of an innovative Christian community


Teaching awards and accolades

  • Certificate in Higher Education Practice - University of East Anglia (2002)
  • Certificate of Research Supervision - University of Hull (2007)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Hons – Philosophy (First Class) - University of Essex (1985)
  • PhD - Sociology - University of Essex (1998)

External roles

University of Hull link for child and family social workers in East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Member of the

  • Health and Care Professions Council
  • British Association of Social Workers
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Centre for Spirituality Studies
  • Mindfulness Association

Awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work - University of Keele (1988)
  • Advanced Certificate in Social Work with Children and Families - University of East Anglia (1995)