Melanie Hills

Nursing and Allied Health

I began working at LJMU in May 2012, following a career in Child and Family Social Work. This included safeguarding children, care planning and fostering in Local Authorities. My passion for working with children and families is grounded in the belief that families need support at times and should be allowed to bring up children in a safe environment. However, I do believe that the overriding consideration is the welfare and protection of children.

I am registered with the professional regulator HCPC and am an independent member of a Fostering Panel.

I have been nominated for the Amazing Personal Tutor Award in 2013; the Amazing Teacher Award in 2014 and shortlisted for the Amazing Teacher Award in 2016.




1996, Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany, Degree in Social Work / Social Pedagogy - Diplomsozialarbeiter / Diplomsozialpaedagoge (FH)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer (Social Work), Faculty of Education, Health and Community, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present

Postgraduate training

PGCE Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, United Kingdom, Liverpool John Moores University, ? - 2015

Journal article

Dillon J, Greenop D, Hills M. 2016. Participation in Child Protection: a small scale qualitative study Qualitative Social Work: research and practice, 15 :70-85 DOI Author Url

Membership of professional bodies:

SEDA, Staff and Educational Development Association. 2015

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, HEA (Higher Education Academy). 2014

Registered Social Worker (SW48893), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 2012

External collaboration:

Liverpool City Council, Fostering Service.