Dr Caroline Humphrey

Dr Caroline Humphrey

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Faculty and Department

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


  • BA (University of Essex)
  • PGDip (Keele University)
  • PGCert (University of East Anglia)
  • PhD (University of Essex)
  • PGCert (University of East Anglia)
  • PGCert (University of Hull)


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.


Human Development across the Lifespan

Child & Family Social Work

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

Western Buddhism and social work

Humphrey, C. (2017). Western Buddhism and social work. In B. R. Crisp (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Spirituality and Social Work (81-89). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315679853

Journal Article

Shadows along the spiritual pathway

Humphrey, C. (2015). Shadows along the spiritual pathway. Journal of religion and health, 54(6), 2376-2388. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-015-0037-2

Face-to-face: Social work and evil

Humphrey, C. (2015). Face-to-face: Social work and evil. Ethics & social welfare, 9(1), 35-49. https://doi.org/10.1080/17496535.2014.968179

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-014-9898-z

A paradigmatic map of professional education research

Humphrey, C. (2013). A paradigmatic map of professional education research. Social Work Education, 32(1), 3-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2011.643863

Research interests

Cultural diversity, spirituality and religion; professional education and ethics; mindfulness and compassion

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

- Revell, L. M. (2019) Exploring Narratives of Neglect in Social Work Practice with Children and Families: Whose Narratives? What Neglect? University of Hull

Current PhD supervisions

- Child welfare in Nigeria

- A case study of a therapeutic Christian community

- Birth parents' experiences of child protection social work in England

Awards and prizes

Best Supervisor (Research) Award


This is a student-led award at the University of Hull

Conference presentation

A Buddhist Approach to Suffering, Living Well and Being Well


I was the invited speaker for the inaugural seminar at the Centre for Innovation and Research in Well-Being at the University of Sussex

A Walk on the Dark Side


International conference organised by the British Association for the Study of Spirituality (BASS)

Spirituality: A Tale of Two Heresies


Conference organised by the Centre for Spirituality Studies at the University of Hull

External examiner role

An exploration of mental health nurses' understanding of the spiritual needs of service users


Ruth Brown was a candidate for Doctor of Nursing at the University of Huddersfield and successfully passed her doctorate.

Membership/Fellowship of professional body

Social Work England


British Association of Social Workers


Advance HE