Alison Brammer

Title: Professor
Phone: +44(0)1782 733226
Email: a.k.brammer@keele.ac.uk
Location: Chancellor's Building, Room CBC 1.017
Role: Head of School
Contacting me: During office hours without an appointment, or email to make an appointment
Alison Brammer port

B.A. 1985, (Sussex). Solicitor of the Supreme Court.

I am a qualified solicitor (non practising). Before joining Keele I lectured at Wolverhampton University and before that I was employed as a local authority solicitor specialising in Social Services work, including child protection, adoption, mental health and community care, as well as some education and planning work.

I have maintained links with the public sector and am regularly engaged to speak at conferences aimed at practitioners and to deliver bespoke training for local authorities, health authorities and other special interest groups.

I hold a PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and am committed to developing varied and engaging teaching materials. I have written e learning materials on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 which have been used for training by numerous local authorities.

Currently developing a new M level course, Adult Safeguarding: Law and Practice

Chair of a large primary school governing body.

My main areas of interest relate to the interplay between law and social work practice – a theme which is fully explored in my book, Social Work Law.

I am interested in two particular aspects of that interplay, the law relating to child care law and practice and the law relating to adult safeguarding, as well as the comparisons between both areas of practice. I have a longstanding interest in the application of law to the relatively recently recognised phenomena of adult abuse, whether this is located in private or institutional settings.

Current projects include analysis of tribunal reports which evidence abuse in residential settings for vulnerable adults; regulation of social work and practice at conduct hearings, the role of carers under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Selected Publications

  • Richardson V, Boylan J, Brammer AK. 2017. Contact, welfare and children in care: Revisiting the significance of harm after finding significant harm. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. doi> full text>
  • Brammer AK and Boylan J (Eds.). 2017. Critical Issues in Social Work Law. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Boylan J, Brammer A, Krishnadas J, Patel P, Lingam L. 2016. Time for justice, time for change! The place of academic and community partnerships in promoting local and global rights and challenging injustice. Ethics and Social Welfare, 1-12. doi> link>
  • Brammer AK. 2015. Social Work Law. (4th ed.). Harlow: Pearson.
  • Brammer AK. 2014. Safeguarding adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Brammer AK and Boylan J (Eds.). 2017. Critical Issues in Social Work Law. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brammer AK. 2015. Social Work Law. (4th ed.). Harlow: Pearson.
  • Brammer AK. 2014. Safeguarding adults. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Brammer A. 2009. Social Work Law. Harlow: Pearson Education.
  • Wilson K, Ruch G, Lymbery M, Cooper A, Brammer A. 2008. Social Work: An Introduction to Contemporary Practice. Harlow: Pearson.
  • Brammer A. 2002. Social Work Law. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd..

Journal Articles

  • Richardson V, Boylan J, Brammer AK. 2017. Contact, welfare and children in care: Revisiting the significance of harm after finding significant harm. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. doi> full text>
  • Boylan J, Brammer A, Krishnadas J, Patel P, Lingam L. 2016. Time for justice, time for change! The place of academic and community partnerships in promoting local and global rights and challenging injustice. Ethics and Social Welfare, 1-12. doi> link>
  • Brammer AK. 2014. Carers and the Mental Capacity Act 2005: Angels Permitted, Devils Prosecuted?. Criminal Law Review. full text>
  • Brammer AK. 2011. Still waiting for a meeting of minds: Child witnesses in the criminal and family justice systems. Criminal Law Review, Article 925.
  • Brammer AK. 2009. Legal Developments since No Secrets. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 4(11), 43. doi>
  • Brammer AK. 2003. Human rights act 1998: developments. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 5(4), 33-37.
  • Brammer A K. 2003. Undue influence. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 5(1 Feb), 40-42.
  • Brammer A. 2001. Human Rights Act 1998: implications for adult protection. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 3(1), 43-52.
  • Krishnadas JH and Brammer A. CLOCK Time for Justice; The Community Legal Companion as an agent of change.

Chapters

  • Brammer AK and Brammer AK. 2012. Personalisation and the law. In Social Work with Adults. Davies MB (Ed.). Palgrave MacMillan.
  • BRAMMER AK. 2008. The Law and Social Work. In Social Work: An Introduction to Contemporary Practice. Wilson PK, Ruch DG, Lymbery DM, Cooper PA (Eds.). Longman.
  • Brammer AK. 2005. Learning disability. In Learning disability. Grant G, Goward P, Ramcharan P, Richardson M (Eds.). Open University Press.
  • Brammer AK. 2002. The law as a key component of social work. In The Blackwell Companion to social work. (2nd ed.). Blackwell.
  • Brammer A. 2002. In Context: policy and legislation (Chapter 2). In Learning Disability Today. Carnaby S (Ed.). Pavilion Publishing, Brighton.

Other

  • Mustafa N. 2009. Safeguarding Adults.

Undergraduate Teaching:

BA Social Work
Introduction to legal processes

Area of Practice: Adults, Year 1 and 2

Area of Practice: Children and Families, Year 1 and 2

Postgraduate Teaching:

MA Social Work
Introduction to legal processes
Area of Practice: Adults, Year 1 and 2
Area of Practice: Children and Families, Year 1 and 2

MA Child Care Law and Practice
Module leader and teaching input to modules:
Foundations and Principles
Contemporary Issues
Looked After Children
Research Training

Dissertation supervision in year 2.

MA Medical Ethics and Law, Mental Health law

 

External Examiner, Child Law LLM, Northumbria University.

Legal Editor of the Journal of Adult Protection.

Consultant to the Open University on development of their new Law and Social Work Programme.