Dr Caroline Humphrey

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Department of Psychological Health, Wellbeing and Social Work


  • PhD (University of Essex)


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.

Book Chapter

Western Buddhism and social work

Humphrey, C. (2017). Western Buddhism and social work. In The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social WorkTaylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal Article

Evil, child abuse and the caring professions

Humphrey, C. (2015). Evil, child abuse and the caring professions. Journal of religion and health, 54(5), 1660-1671.

Face-to-face: Social work and evil

Humphrey, C. (2015). Face-to-face: Social work and evil. Ethics & social welfare, 9(1), 35-49.

Shadows along the spiritual pathway

Humphrey, C. (2015). Shadows along the spiritual pathway. Journal of religion and health, 54(6), 2376-2388.

Grand narratives of spirituality: some critical reflections

Humphrey, C. (2015). Grand narratives of spirituality: some critical reflections. Journal for the study of spirituality, 5(1), 20-32.

Postgraduate supervision

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