Dawn Eccleston

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Greenbank Building, GR210

+44 (0) 1772 89 3770

Dawn is course leader for the BSc and Post-grad Diploma: Specialist Community Public Health Nurse and the MSC Safeguarding in an International Context. She is module leader for:
NU4069 Trafficking of People
NU3034 Safeguarding and Protection of Children
NU402 Safeguarding Children in a Multi-Disciplinary Environment
NU3800 Safeguarding Children
NU4043 Safeguarding Children.
Other teaching responsibilities include: NU3114/NU4114: Healthy Child, Healthy Adult: Safeguarding healthy Development; Non-Medical Prescribing, Pre-Registration Nursing (Adult) and Trafficking Workshops.

Full Profile

Dawn is a Registered Nurse, Health Visitor and Registered Nurse Teacher. She has a BSc from Curtin University, Australia (1997) and an MA in the' Safeguarding and Welfare of Children' from the University of Huddersfield (2004). She has a PGCert. Ed and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a registered nurse teacher and nurse prescriber.

Having qualified as a Health Visitor, Dawn worked in Lancashire before emigrating to Perth, Australia, where she worked as Community Children’s Nurse/Health visitor for 6 years. She then worked back in the UK as a health Visitor, before joining UCLan in 2004, as a senior lecturer. She volunteers as a Street Pastor in Preston and supports the work of Hope For Justice (human trafficking charity).
Her particular interest is safeguarding, particularly in the area of human trafficking. She is currently undertaking a PhD in human trafficking. She has authored a chapter on multi-professional aspects of prescribing in 'The Text Book of Non-Medical Prescribing' (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011) and is currently writing a chapter on human trafficking for a midwifery text book.
She has had papers on the subject of human trafficking published in the Health Visitor Journal and the Community Practitioner Journal.


MA (Safeguarding and Welfare of Children); BSc (Nursing); PGCert. Ed.; RHV; RN; RNT; NP.


Eccleston, D, E. (2015) Multi-Disciplinary Aspects of Prescribing (Chapter 6) in: Nuttall, D. & Rutt-Howard, J. (Eds) (2015) The Textbook of Non-Medical Prescribing. Chichester. Wiley Blackwell

Eccleston, D, E. (2014) The Health Visitor’s Role in Identifying and Responding to Child Trafficking. Journal of health Visiting Vol2: Iss.6: 318-324

Eccleston, D,E. (2013) Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking: Community Practitioner 2013:May: 86(5) 40-42

Research Activities

Human trafficking: What makes victims vulnerable and how perpetrators target that vulnerability

Paper reviewer (2010) for The Journal of Child Health.


Course Leader SCPHN.

Pathway Leader Health Visiting.

Module Leader Safeguarding children: Safeguarding and Protection of Children; Safeguarding Children in a Multi-Disciplinary Environment; Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults; Public Health in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing; Application of Public Health in Specialist Community Public health Nursing.

Mentorship; Practice based study; E-learn community health; Non-Medical prescribing; pre-reg; Baby Friendly Initiative.

External Roles


Member of Lancashire Safeguarding Children Group

Link Lecturer - community

Clinical Supervision workshops in community

Community Mentor updates

ACT group leader at UCLan (Human Trafficking awareness group)

URP member

External Examiner at Glasgow Caledonian University


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Member of the Institute of Health Visiting; Member of BASPCAN; Member of the CPHVA.


MAINN: 2014 and 2015

CPHVA: 2011,2012, 2013