Principal Investigator

Professor Alison Brammer

Alison Brammer port

Alison Brammer is Head of School of the School of Law at Keele University. She previously worked as a local authority solicitor with a social services caseload.  She is Director of two inter-disciplinary MA programmes in Child Care Law and Practice, and Safeguarding Adults: law, policy and practice, and leads on CPD development. She is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a Trustee of the BASW Foundation.

Alison is Series editor of the new  ‘Focus on Social Work Law’ series of specialist texts for social workers including her own authored volume Safeguarding Adults (2014). The fourth edition of her textbook, ‘Social Work Law’ was published in March 2015. Alison is Legal Editor of the Journal of Adult Protection and a Trustee of PASAUK. Research interests focus on the law relating to social work practice and the developing law relating to safeguarding adults. Alison has worked extensively with local authorities, offering consultancy and bespoke training.



Michael Preston-Shoot


Michael Preston-Shoot is Professor of Social Work and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences at the University of Bedfordshire, England. He is an elected Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was Chair of the Joint University Council Social Work Education Committee between 2005 and 2009. He was Editor of Social Work Education between 1993 and 2006, Managing Editor of the European Journal of Social Work between 2003 and 2007 and one of the Founding Editors of the journal Ethics and Social Welfare. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2005 and is now a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

His research and writing has concentrated on law and social work practice. He has completed a longitudinal study of the outcomes of teaching law to social work students. His latest research has focused on adult safeguarding in England and adult protection in Scotland. He has completed major studies for the Department of Health on effective practice with adults who self-neglect. His recent books include “Professional Accountability in Social Care and Health: Challenging Unacceptable Practice and its Management” (written with Roger Kline) and “Making Good Decisions: Law for Social Work Practice.” Until very recently, he was the Independent Chair of Luton’s Local Safeguarding Children Board and Local Safeguarding Adults Board.


Jonathan Parker


Dr. Jonathan Parker is Professor of Society & Social Welfare and Director of the Centre for Social Work, Sociology and Social Policy at Bournemouth University, and Visiting Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak. He was one of the founders and director of the Family Assessment and Support Unit, a placement agency attached to the University of Hull, and Head of Department of Social Work.  He was Chair of the Association of Teachers in Social Work Education until 2005, Vice Chair of the UK higher education representative body, the Joint University Council for Social Work Education from 2005- 2010, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He has published widely on disadvantage, marginalisation and violence, Southeast Asia, religion, social work and welfare education internationally.


Alex Ruck Keene

Alex Ruck

Alex Ruck Keene is a practicing barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, who has been recognised for several years as one of the leading experts in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He is one of the very few practitioners who has experience of appearing/advising upon all aspects of the Court of Protection’s jurisdiction (i.e. health and welfare and property and affairs, as well as its international jurisdiction).    Recent endorsements in the legal directories include “He’s just the person who has Court of Protection work running through his blood.” “He brings an academic flourish and deep knowledge of the philosophy underpinning the area that no one else brings. He’s not only a barrister, he is a policy maker, and an invaluable resource for the profession.” (Chambers & Partners 2016, Court of Protection).  He has appeared in cases involving the MCA 2005 at all levels up to and including the Supreme Court (Aintree v James, on the correct approach to best interests decision-making, in particular at the end of life).  He also writes extensively about mental capacity law and policy, is an Honorary Research Lecturer at the University of Manchester, and the creator of the website   Until the end of 2016, he is on secondment to the Law Commission as a consultant on their mental capacity and deprivation of liberty project.


Bridget Penhale


Paul Kingston


Pete Morgan

Pete Morgan

Pete started his career as a residential social worker in 1974, having read Philosophy at University. He is a registered Social Worker, and has worked in residential, intermediate treatment and community services, including being an ASW. His local authority management posts included a juvenile justice team, both generic and adult patch teams, and commissioning care services from the independent and voluntary sectors, before he became the Vulnerable Adult Protection Coordinator in Coventry in 2003. From 2008 to 2010 he was the Head of Service – Safeguarding Adults for Birmingham Adults and Community Services.

From 2010 to 2014 he was the Independent Chair, Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board and from 2014 – 2015 he was the Interim Independent Chair, Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board. He is currently the Chair of the Board of Trustees, PASAUK, a member of the DoH’s Safeguarding Adults Stakeholders Group, Chair of the Safeguarding Panel, Advance, a co-chair of the CPS West Midlands Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel – Hate Crime and a member of the Editorial Board, the Journal of Adult Protection.

He also teaches the Safeguarding Adults sessions on the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham Social Work courses and is a Tutor on the University of Warwick course. He has completed two MA courses in Safeguarding Adults and authored Safeguarding Adult Reviews and a Domestic Homicide Review.