Biography

I am currently Head of the School of Law (since January 2016).

Prior to that appointment I was mainly engaged in post graduate teaching and research. I was Director of the MA in Child Care Law and Practice for many years and developed and directed the MA in Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice from its introduction in 2011. I have also taught extensively across BA and MA Social Work programmes at Keele delivering all aspects of the social work law curriculum.

I hold a PG Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority. In 2017 I was nominated for a national Teaching Fellowship.

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 am author of ‘Social Work Law’ (fifth edition forthcoming’  and Series Editor of the Focus on Social Work Law Series,  including my text on  ‘Safeguarding Adults’.

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

Research and scholarship

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 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; and inter disciplinary research with colleagues into shared parenting. 

 

Research grants include:

British Academy (PI) ‘Mothers of Children Removed under a Care Order: Outcomes and Experience.

ESRC funded seminar series (PI) The Care Act 2014: A New Legal Framework for Safeguarding Adults in Civil Society.

SALLY 'Safeguarding Adults and Legal Literacy' https://safeguardingadults.wordpress.com

 

I am lead supervisor for PHD student, Sally Dowding

Teaching

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching:

BA Social Work
Introduction to legal processes and Area of Practice: Adults,: Children and Families,

 

Postgraduate Teaching:

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

MA Child Care Law and Practice
Modules: Foundations and Principles; Contemporary Issues; Looked After Children;
Research Training and Dissertation supervision .

MA Medical Ethics and Law, Mental Health law.

MA Safeguarding Adults: Law, Policy and Practice

Modules: Emergence of Adult Safeguarding;  Interventions; Safeguarding and Mental capacity

Safeguarding and Carers.

Best Interests Assessor Award

Further information

External Examiner at Nottingham University on UG and PG programmes (previously also Northumbria, Hull  and Glyndwr).

Legal Editor of the Journal of Adult Protection.

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

Trustee at BASW (British Association of Social Workers).

Convenor of the Social Work Law association for academics and educators of social work law.

Panel member for New Chapters Foster care Independent Agency (2015 -2018)

Trustee, CASS, Carers Association South Staffordshire (2015-2017)

I was promoted to a personal chair as Professor of Social Work law in 2015. My inaugural lecture,

‘VIEWING SAFEGUARDING THROUGH THE LENS OF LEGAL LITERACY’ is available here. 

Selected Publications

  • Richardson V and Brammer A. 2020. Mothers of children removed under a care order: outcomes and experiences. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 42(3), 360-376. doi> link>
  • Brammer A. 2020. Social Work Law - 5th Edition. (5th ed.). Pearson.
  • Ramezankhah F and Brammer A. The interface between the Care Act 2014 and asylum law: exclusions and innovations. In The Care Act 2014: Wellbeing in Practice. Braye S and Preston-Shoot M (Eds.). London: Learning Matters. full text>
  • Brammer A and Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Safeguarding Adults. (2nd ed.). Red Globe Press.
  • Brammer A. 2018. Safeguarding in older age. In Ageing, gender and family law. Clough B and Herring J (Eds.). Abingdon: Routledge. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Brammer A. 2020. Social Work Law - 5th Edition. (5th ed.). Pearson.
  • Brammer A and Pritchard-Jones L. 2019. Safeguarding Adults. (2nd ed.). Red Globe Press.
  • 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 and Brammer A. 2020. Mothers of children removed under a care order: outcomes and experiences. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 42(3), 360-376. doi> link>
  • 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. doi>
  • Brammer A K. 2003. Undue influence. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 5(1 Feb), 40-42. doi>
  • Brammer A. 2001. Human Rights Act 1998: implications for adult protection. Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 3(1), 43-52. doi>
  • Krishnadas JH and Brammer A. CLOCK Time for Justice; The Community Legal Companion as an agent of change.

Chapters

  • Ramezankhah F and Brammer A. The interface between the Care Act 2014 and asylum law: exclusions and innovations. In The Care Act 2014: Wellbeing in Practice. Braye S and Preston-Shoot M (Eds.). London: Learning Matters. full text>
  • Brammer A. 2018. Safeguarding in older age. In Ageing, gender and family law. Clough B and Herring J (Eds.). Abingdon: Routledge. doi>
  • 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.