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Melanie Hills

Public and Allied Health

Faculty of Health


Telephone: 0151 231 5856

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 H Social Work England 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.




2022, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, MA in Academic Practice
1996, Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena, Germany, Degree in Social Work / Social Pedagogy - Diplomsozialarbeiter / Diplomsozialpaedagoge (FH)


1996, University of Applied Sciences, Jena, Germany, Diplomsozialarbeiter / Diplomsozialpadagoge (FH)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer (Social Work) / Programme leader Degree Apprenticeship Social Work, School of Public and Allied Health, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present

Postgraduate training

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

Journal article

Medforth N, Evans J, Hills M, Madden H, Oyston J. 2019. Hearty Lives (Liverpool): a case study-based evaluation of a project designed to promote healthy eating and lifestyles in looked after young people Adoption and Fostering, 43 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

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 Publisher 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.